THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Hailing from the remotest tribal hamlets in Thiruvananthapuram district, they may be totally cut off from the mainstream, but their passion for movies has brought them all the way to the city to take part in the second edition of the International Children's Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK).
Some 20 children from tribal hamlets of Vithura, Peringamala, Amboori and Kuttichal is taking part in the festival that concludes on Thursday.
Surabhi S., 13, from Vithura, is all excited to watch English movies for the first time at the festival.
"We don't get to watch English movies or other language movies back home. I watched six movies so far and liked the Malayalam movie 'Guppy' very much. Also, It's really exciting to watch the movies with the whole gang. I would like to take part in the festival in the coming years too," says Surabhi, who comes to the city very rarely.
The district Kudumbashree Mission has made it possible for the children from tribal settlement to take part in the festival.
Greeshma, one of the coordinators who brought the children, said that the children don't get much exposure or come out from the tribal hamlets because of poor connectivity and fear of wild animals. "Most of them are from the remotest part, and they don't come out that often. This is a rare opportunity for the kids," she adds.
Jayamol, 16, from Amboori was having the big screen experience for the first time.
"I am very excited to be here. We had a merry time as we got the opportunity to perform on stage at the festival. We sang and staged programmes. It's a unique experience for us. Watching movies with friends was fun, and I liked the movie 'Guppy'," she says....