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19th International Children’s Film Festival inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor in Kolkata

News Desk, News Nation 360:  The 19th International Children’s Film Festival was inaugurated today in Kolkata by the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankar and The First lady of the State. This film festival, jointly organized by UNICEF, Cine Central Calcutta, and Talash Society, is one of the very few film festivals across the country which is entirely dedicated to children. This year, the theme of this film festival is Violence Against Children, which is one of UNICEF’s flagship initiatives in India and across the world. There is an urgent need for joint actions to stop all forms of violence against children. Still, we have a long way to go from protecting our children from abuses and violence- whether it is domestic violence, corporal punishment, online abuse, bullying or sexual abuse. Children’s films are one of the most potent mediums for a value education for young audiences all over the world and can play a critical role in highlighting these issues and their solutions. Select 17 films from 12 countries will be screened this year. Films have been selected not only based  on  their  interesting  storylines  and  international  cinematographic

quality but also for the learnings and messages they convey on children’s issues. UNICEF and Cine Central have been collaborating with Talash Society for the last three years to take this festival beyond Kolkata and extend this campaign to the remote blocks of Malda district. UNICEF aims to highlights issues related to Violence Against Children through various discourses, workshops and film screenings throughout the film festival in Kolkata and Malda.  Entry will be free for all children and their guardians for all film shows at this festival. 

Pic: Krishnendu Kundu

Report: Anustup Kundu