Kids and teens get their festival back again: Astra Film Junior, Romania’s first and most complex film education program, returns to Sibiu between October 9-16. The AF Junior educational program designed for three age groups (6+, 11+ and 15+) includes movie screenings in cinemas and a full 360 cinema dome (Astra Film New Media Full Dome), followed by classroom learning activities, a comedy quiz and a film workshop. Details of the Astra Film Festival program, on the website https://www.astrafilm.ro/program-2022.
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Astra Film Junior offers a selection of the best on the market today in feature documentaries for children and teens. “Everything will be great, because you will expand your horizons. With the Astra Film New Media Full Dome program, you will see immersive projections, connect with new technologies and get acquainted with an unusual type of cinema, in a 360-degree format, where the film surrounds the viewer “, conveys to young viewers Dumitru Pederala, Director and Founder of the Astra Film Festival.
Organizers prepared for viewers in the 6+ category the life stories of children close to their age, children who came out anonymous by thinking outside the box, and the constant desire for knowledge and insight. Yang, an 11-year-old Chinese boy, makes many sacrifices to learn all about traditional Chinese theater (The Monkey King, 2019). Aatos, Amin and Flo, three inseparable friends from a neighborhood in Brussels, search for answers to the questions of VIPs (Aatos and the world, 2019). Azat and his colleagues, from Tartastan, are 12 years old and, as young journalists, do an important assignment every week (Azat and Youtubers from Tartastan, 2018). In return, Clara, Matty and their friends set out on a journey full of adventure and adventure in the Danube Delta (Străjerii Deltei, 2022). And the movie #On the net answers some questions such as what is and how does the network work?, who are the trolls?, and what about influencers?
Viewers in the 11+ category will learn about the dreams of children from different parts of the world: Asho, from Iran, wants to become a famous actor (Asho, 2019); Ayana, a girl from Kyrgyzstan, would like to be the first in an exclusively male sport (Ayana, 2019); Rihad, from Denmark, wants to become a pigeon breeder (The Boy with the Birds, 2019), and Julieta, a young woman from the Netherlands, starts a business greening the ocean, which she considers her second home (Juliet and the Turtles, in Plastic Soup, 2020).
High school students, in the program for the class of 15+, will discover the life of one of the most followed 14-year-old girls on Instagram (Gașca de fete, 2022), the artistic maturity of a Norwegian singer who drops out. From school to becoming a pop star (Aurora, 2019) or the way teenagers today look at the image of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (for me, you’re Ceausescu, 2021). Through their selected documentaries, young people learn how to respond to sexual predators in an online environment (in The Network of Sexual Predators, 2020) and what are the effects of the rapid spread of artificial intelligence – saving humanity or, conversely, taking full control of it (iHuman, 2019).
Young and younger viewers are also invited to screenings of the 360 full-dome cinema at the Dome installed in Piața Mare (Astra Film New Media Full Dome Special Program). Through great photography, they will learn that there are other sources of light besides the sun (On A Journey with Light, 2019), the mysteries of the universe will be revealed to them with the help of the largest radio telescope (Dream Stars, 2021), and will follow the story of the interstellar messages transmitted by space probes to civilizations beyond Planet Earth 45 Years Ago (Voyager, Endless Journey, 2019). Meanwhile, young viewers will relive Captain Cook’s voyage across the Pacific Ocean (Navigators, 2021), see how the electronic music composer finds inspiration in the sound of the Arctic Ocean (-22.7°C, 2021) and follow with their hearts. The Adventures of Shorty, Indigo and Jake in Legend of the Enchanted Reef (2021), a movie for the whole family, full of humor and fantasy.
“We have a generation that consumes a lot of audiovisual content from an early age, but is given very few opportunities to reflect on it. The role of the Astra Film Junior Program is precisely: to provide them with the tools to form critical thinking and exercise flexibility to understand the audiovisual content they are exposed to” . Dumitru Bederala also said.
Astra Film Junior also has a film workshop for high school students, which aims to exercise both teens’ ability to understand documentary film and the process of making it, as well as the ability to speak in public. You will not miss the long-awaited meeting with Storyboards – a creative educational tool through which children and teens are called to analyze and interpret the films they watch and tell their story through comics – an exercise to strengthen the skill of creating work on a specific topic.
For their part, the teaching staff and educational counselors who will accompany the children to the shows benefit from the training of the “educator’s profession”, where they learn how documentary cinema can be used in the educational process. There will be a special screening for them: the disturbing documentary “Why Didn’t You Stay For Me?” (Directed by Milou Gevers, 2020), which will be accompanied by a presentation followed by a free discussion about the help we can provide to children going through difficult times after losing a parent.