Swiss Films to be Screened in Silchar
Silchar: Jookto, NGO, in association with the Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi, is organizing a day long film shows ‘Swiss films on wheels’ for citizens of this town on December 7 at Gandhi Bhawan. On the occasion of the 70 years of Swiss-Indian friendship, a Swiss-Indian friendship bus is travelling through India with two of the most charming children’s films from Switzerland on board.
The two films titled ‘Heidi’ and ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ which were released in 2015 and 2016 respectively spread the message of friendship, understanding and inclusiveness.
For the first time, the Embassy of Switzerland will participate in any programme in Barak Valley and as part of Jookto’s efforts to engage Barak Valley with the rest of the country and abroad, the screenings have been organized at Silchar. Subimal Bhattacharjee, founder-director of Jookto, said, “I personally thank the Ambassador of Switzerland to India and his colleagues for having Silchar and Haflong on their screening schedule…”.
The film Heidi directed by Alain Gsponer is a story of a 5 year old orphan taken to live with her grumpy, outcaste grandfather in the Swiss mountains. He resents Heidi’s arrival but her admirable personality soon earns his heart. Heidi’s happiness however ends abruptly when her aunt Dete takes her to Frankfurt where she is to take care of a sickly child Klara. Despite the ordeal, Heidi is hopeful of being reunited with her grandfather and the lovely people of mountain’s little village.
The film My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras is an unusual nickname of a 9 year old boy. His unique story is universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond who takes him to his new foster home of other orphans of his age. At first, Zucchini struggles to find his place at his stage as well as unfavourable environment. Yet with the help of Raymond and his new found friends, he adopts to the new family of his own. Both the films are of human touch and give the message to the society of being kind and sympathetic to one another. From Silchar, the bus will move to Haflong to screen Heidi and showcase a cultural programme.