Let Them Blossom & Free and Compulsory @Kriti Film Club

Kriti Film Club invites you for an evening of films and sharing views on children's education. 

Date: 23rd February, 2013
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda, New Delhi, 110019

4:30 p.m- Let Them Blossom
Amrita Dasgupta|29 mins|English|PSBT|2012                                         

About the film
Learning begins at home…Today with changing times and social structure, how relevant is this dictum? Let Them Blossom… is a mother’s exploration into the existing practice of early childhood care and education in India. What begins as a personal query turns into an enriching journey in the realm of 3-5 year olds. With the mother, the film travels to government, NGO and community- state run institutions to universalize early childhood education. Through first hand experiences, the film touches upon various aspects of preparing a child for the challenges of formal school and beyond… The film probes deeper and finds that a number of innovative initiatives have been taken up to create infrastructure for early learning... but a lot more needs to be done.

About the Film maker
Amrita Dasgupta is a Delhi based film maker working on children, education and elderly related issues. A post graduate in Mass 
Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, she has rich experience in research, scripting, production, media teaching and consultancy. Amrita’s interest in children issues began with a fun learning television series for pre-school children. She diversified into development work for television and voluntary organizations.
She has taught scripting, development communication and media research in private institutes as well as in University of Delhi.

Malati Rao|52 mins|English|PSBT|2012
About the film
In 2009, the Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) was passed by the Indian Parliament, giving every child between the ages of 6 and 14 years, this essential privilege. The enrollment figures show a steady rise, yet, the drop-out rates also show a dismal increase. Filmed inside municipal schools in Pune, Maharashtra, through a series of classroom sessions, mid-day meals and teacher-student interactions, the Documentary reveals what goes on inside our schools. It asks whether the RTE will lead the first generation learner, the prime beneficiary of this historic Act, to stay in or out of school.

About the Film maker
Malati has directed, written and produced fiction and documentary films. She is the recipient of the Margaret McNamara Award from the World Bank Family Network for her short film The Witch of Agnesi. She holds an MFA degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MA in Mass Communication from MCRC, Jamia, Delhi. Her television work, including Hospital - the first reality series on Indian TV, has been telecast on BBC World and Star TV Network.

About the Kriti Film Club:
This is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and communication team, screening documentaries since the year 2000.We offer an independently financed and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of social, development, human rights & environment issues. The whole idea of the KRITI Film Club is to place thought- provoking cinema in a discussion group that will help to deepen understanding on these issues amongst viewers and film makers. We also serve as a borrowing and distribution space for documentary films from India and abroad.

Open for all, confirmations appreciated. You are welcome to have some chai-shai at our ecoCafe @intervals, on contribution!

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PS: Nearest Metro station is Govindpuri Metro station on Violet line. Tara Apartments is also connected well by bus. If driving by car or bike, parking is available outside the apartments.