WorldKids International Film Festival to be held on 21 March


Mumbai: On the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination, WorldKids Foundation will show The Peace Tree, a film which aims at spreading intercultural understanding to reflect diversity in unity. A Canadian film, The Peace Tree will be screened in the Godrej Dance Theatre Academy on 21 March.

The year long WorldKids International Film Festival in association with the National Centre of Performing Arts will give young voices an opportunity to voice their opinions and appreciate the art of cinema.

Festival director Manju Singh, says, “Our endeavour is to engage the children of India with positive media images and inspire them into thinking and learning while having a good time. Value based entertainment leaves a lasting impact on impressionable minds. The Peace Tree clicks with the young and the old alike. And most importantly, it is a lesson for adults to learn from children rather then the usual of grown ups preaching the young.”

WorldKids will screen meaningful world cinema on every first Saturday of the month till 6 February, 2010. Every movie is immensely entertaining yet adds value to the subject and lends itself to a discussion. An educational institution in Mumbai will join in every screening.

Formed under the aegis of TV veteran, Manju Singh, WorldKids Foundation hopes to promote universal human values, peace and harmony and cross cultural communications through the medium of cinema.

WorldKids Foundation has held the WorldKids International Film Festival in Mumbai, Delhi and Indore.

The Peace Tree has received 12 international awards including the Liv Ullman Peace Prize. With regard to the screening, The Peace Tree’s director Mitra Sen says, “The Peace Tree opens dialogue with families by sharing the voices of our children and the experiences they face while growing up in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society.”

Students from the Cathedral and John Connon School will join in the screening and the interactive session. They will create Peace Ambassadors who will share their experiences on intercultural understanding. The students will also create a peace tree, a tree decorated with the symbols of peace from the various cultures and faiths in the world.