Lucknow, April 15 : Thousands of students, teachers and parents thronged the CMS Kanpur Road auditorium to watch the educational films from 36 countries of the world today on the sixth day of International Children's Film Festival being organized here by City Montessori School, making the whole atmosphere reverberate with enthusiasm and vigour. At the CMS Kanpur Road campus, the students were seen assembled at different places in groups, discussing films they watched at the festival. While the students of various schools of Lucknow and surrounding areas enjoyed the educational films on the sixth day of the International Children's Films Festival today, the parent and teachers of these students commended CMS for this unique step of providing wholesome entertainment to the children. Earlier, the morning session of the 6th day of the festival was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest and renowned film actor, Mr Raza Murad by lighting the lamp. It may be mentioned here that Films Division of City Montessori School has organized this 9-day International Children's Film Festival from 10 to 18 April at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium for the character building and all round development of the students and youths during which the best educative children's films of 36 countries are being screened without any charge. This International Film Festival is dedicated to the "World Unity and World Peace".
Mr Hari Om Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of CMS said that during ICFF-2012, best educative and meaningful children's films are being screened from 10 to 18 April, absolutely free. Mr Sharma said that the Films Division of CMS was constituted with the aim to produce meaningful films and two radio stations are also established for the same. All these are the wonderful efforts of CMS to develop humanity in the society, he added. Mr Sharma further informed that during this grand festival, the best educative and inspirational children's films from various countries of the world will be awarded prizes tomorrow on Monday, 16th April at 11.30 am at the special Prize Distribution Ceremony. On this momentous occasion, Mrs Dimple Yadav, wife of Chief Minister of UP, Mr Akhilesh Yadav, will give away prizes worth Rs. 10 lakhs to the winners in different categories of films. Earlier, at 9.00 am, renowned singer Ms Usha Utthup will inaugurate the 7th day of ICFF-2012.
Today, the film show began with the children's film 'Simple Things' in the main auditorium. Besides, outstanding children's films from India and abroad including 'The Last Tiger, Shadow Woman, Traveling Machines, Children of God, Prattasha, Anmol Ratan, A Teacher's Lesson, Our Land of Wonders, A Funny Little Red Riding Hood, The Hungry Tiger, Monkey's Our Primates, Love Thy Neighbour, Maa, Naukari Ya Vayavsay, India Shining, Song For Girl, Galileo, It Wasn't a Wolf, Water Problem, Silent Colurs, Good and Smart, Apna Shahar, Good and Smart, Kya Dekhey Hum, Virasat, Ehsaas, India Forever, Ghar Kiska Hai, The Red Apple, Stanley Ka Dabba' etc. were screened in the mini theatres of CMS Kanpur Road campus. All the students enjoyed watching these films. The bright and cheerful faces of the children showed that they were really enjoying watching the films. After watching these films, most of the children felt that the moral education period is often taken lightly in class but teaching morals and life's values through films is indeed a novel way of imparting moral values and character building. Our parents are also happy to have us watch such educational movies and many parents have also come to watch these movies. Some other children also expressed similar views saying that the film festival is extremely entertaining and revitalizing.
On the 6th day of the film festival, a press conference was held in the afternoon which was addressed by the famous film actor Mr Raza Murad. Speaking to the press personnel, Mr Raza Murad said that educative films are worth not merely for the children but they guide the parents also. He said that good, simple and educative films screened during the festival are sure to cast positive effects on children and youth to become more futile and innovative as they are different from movies that engage in crime, violence and sex. Mr Raza Murad profusely commended this International Children's Film Festival and said that CMS is an amazing school which has explored a new method to educate children and no words can praise this effort of character building.
Renowned educationist and CMS Founder, Dr Jagdish Gandhi present on the occasion, extended his hearty gratitude to Mr Raza Murad for coming to the festival to encourage the students. Further, addressing the journalist, Dr Gandhi said that this film festival has gained tremendous support of the students, youths, teachers and parents-guardians and I extend my heartiest gratitude to the people of Lucknow. Films are capable of shaping children into good or bad person because the tender minds of children grasp things very deeply. So it is needed now that more and more educative films should be made to develop the morality and character building traits of children and youths. These films are highly conducive for the total development of children. Dr Gandhi said that today the children are offered vulgar films that highlight violence and negativity. Children are going astray from their culture and customs and it is increasing violence in them. The best way to curb it is to make value-based, restrained and quality packed films especially for the children.