The Film Club

In addition to screening documentaries, schools frequently show feature films to students. These are generally either screen versions of books in their courses, or deal with historical events or characters that are part of some subject being taught. Films, however, can offer much greater value and be used to underscore numerous essential aspects of life that also lie at the core of education, from Character Development, Relationships and Self-Esteem, to Civic Sense, Compassion, and more.

The TRC Film Club will explore the use of well-made feature films to enhance teaching and learning experiences. Sessions, averaging two-and-a-half hours, depending upon the length of the film, will include interactive discussions managed by various facilitators, who are knowledgeable about films and have a keen interest in Media (old and new). The facilitators will use their skill to help draw out elements from the film that cover a host of social, moral, ethical, and societal issues which will be of great importance to teachers and students.

Films and other video offerings will be carefully selected for their merit, relevance and content, and will be followed by discussions. Selections from views and ideas expressed by groups or individuals will be shared via this forum, so that teachers may continue to exchange ideas and experiences and even offer lesson-plans around the films.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registrations via phone or email are treated as Confirmed and, as a result, seats are Reserved for the participants. An Invoice is generated on the basis of this registration and the school is liable for its settlement, whether or not the participants turn up. While schools may switch participants and send substitutes, any Cancellations must be intimated to the TRC at least 72 hours before the sessions so that others on the wait-list can be informed.

News and Views related to the Film Club can be found in the Quarterly News Bulletin in the TRC News Section. This space is reserved for Film Club Announcements only.

Stanley ka Dubba

Stanley ka Dabba is a little story with a big heart. Stanley, the little protagonist of Amole Gupte’s latest film, shows how we can rise above all the filth around us and make the world a better, beautiful place to live in.

Stanley ka Dubba which engaged 170 child actors, was shot using a Canon EOS 7D camera.

Synopsis:

Stanley is a fourth grader who is very popular amongst his friends. He is talented and is liked by his teachers. However, he never brings his lunch box or ‘dabba’. ‘Khadoos’, as he is popularly called, is a Hindi
satanley_ka_dabba-213x300 teacher who does not bring his own dabba but likes to eat others’ lunch. Stanley’s friends share their lunch with him by hiding from Khadoos. Khadoos eventually finds them on the terrace and warns Stanley to bring his own lunch or stop coming to school. Stanley misses school for a few days and his absence is felt by his teachers and school mates. One fine day, Stanley brings his dabba packed with mouth-watering items for Khadoos. Khadoos realises his mistake and quits the school. Stanley’s performance in an inter-school festival is appreciated by everybody. Towards the end, the reason for Stanley’s lack of a dabba is revealed.

Facilitators: Mahenaz Mahmud
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Discussion: 75 minutes
Venue: TRC
For: Public school teachers from Jamshed Town

The Book Thief

The Book Thief is about a young girl, Liesel who lives with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. She finds it difficult at first to adjust to her new family, until her new father teaches her to read a book she had found. She soon gets through the book and thirsts for more to read. Reading becomes a passion and she begins stealing books which actually see her through this very trying period.

What motivated her? What makes any child want to read? How do we plant the desire to read and
The_Book_Thief_poster-203x300how does it take root? How can parents and teachers go about nurturing the love for reading? There are countless reasons for why children want to or don’t want to read. Following the screening we will discuss the film and all of the above questions.

The Book Thief is a 2013 American-German war drama film based on the novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. It is directed by Brian Percival, starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. It premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 3, 2013, and was released for general distribution in the United States in November 2013. For her performance in the film, Sophie Nélisse won the Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award, the Satellite Newcomer Award, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female.

Facilitator: Mahenaz Mahmud
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 2:30:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Running Time: 135 minutes
Discussion: 45 minutes
Venue: TRC
Fee: Rs. 350 (inclusive of refreshments)

Refreshments: You can help yourself to chicken sandwiches and chips and a cup of tea as you come in. We will begin the screening at 2:30 p.m. sharp.

Whale Rider

Whale Rider is a 2002 drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera. The film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only.

The film received critical acclaim upon its release. Castle-Hughes was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Synopsis:

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand
Whale_Rider_posteryears or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale.

From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants.

Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Facilitator: Uzma Rauf
Date: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Running Time: 101 minutes
Discussion: 75 minutes
Venue: TRC
Fee: Rs. 250 (inclusive of refreshments)

Stanley ka Dabba

Stanley ka Dabba is a little story with a big heart. Stanley, the little protagonist of Amole Gupte’s latest film, shows how we can rise above all the filth around us and make the world a better, beautiful place to live in.

Stanley ka Dubba which engaged 170 child actors, was shot using a Canon EOS 7D camera.

Synopsis:

Stanley is a fourth grader who is very popular amongst his friends. He is talented and is liked by his teachers. However, he
satanley_ka_dabba-213x300 never brings his lunch box or ‘dabba’. ‘Khadoos’, as he is popularly called, is a Hindi teacher who does not bring his own dabba but likes to eat others’ lunch. Stanley’s friends share their lunch with him by hiding from Khadoos. Khadoos eventually finds them on the terrace and warns Stanley to bring his own lunch or stop coming to school. Stanley misses school for a few days and his absence is felt by his teachers and school mates. One fine day, Stanley brings his dabba packed with mouth-watering items for Khadoos. Khadoos realises his mistake and quits the school. Stanley’s performance in an inter-school festival is appreciated by everybody. Towards the end, the reason for Stanley’s lack of a dabba is revealed.

Facilitators: Mahenaz Mahmud & Uzma Rauf
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. ? 1:00 p.m.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Discussion: 75 minutes
Venue: TRC
Fee: Rs. 250 (inclusive of refreshments)

Happy Feet

We live in an environment where social acceptance and societal norms usually cause us to cower away from embracing our own uniqueness and talents. Happy Feet is an animated movie that brilliantly touches this topic in a simple, fun, albeit thought provoking way that most children can relate to.

Synopsis:Happy_feet

Son of Memphis (Hugh Jackman) and Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman), Mumble (Elijah Mood), a sweet little ball of penguin fluff, has one big problem: no matter how hard he tries, he can’t sing a single note. In a world where every penguin attracts their soul mate through their own special heart-song, he cannot ever truly belong.
An endearing free spirit filled with natural curiosity, Mumble’s not one to shy away from challenges. As we go along on Mumble’s journey, we see his constant tussle between wanting to belong in his community and being true to his heart and himself. Consequently, this forces us to take a look at what kinds of messages and limitations we are passing on to our next generation.

Facilitator: Uzma Rauf
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Discussion: 45 minutes
Venue: TRC
Fee: Rs. 200

Supersize Me

“Supersize me” is an informative and eye opening documentary about the dangers of turning into a “fast food nation.” It also raises awareness and shares insights about health and taking accountability for one’s own food choices.

Synopsis:

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock hits the road and interviews experts in 20 U.S. cities, including Houston, the
supersizeme “Fattest City” in America. From Surgeon Generals to gym teachers, cooks to kids, lawmakers to legislators, these authorities shared their research, opinions and “gut feelings” on our ever-expanding girth. During the journey, Spurlock also put his own body on the line, living on nothing but McDonald’s for an entire month. The film also explores the horror of school lunch programs, declining health and physical education classes, food addictions and the extreme measures people take to lose weight and regain their health. Super Size Me is a satirical jab in the stomach, overstuffed with fat and facts about the billion-dollar industry besieged by doctors, lawyers and nutritionists alike. “Would you like fries with that?” will never sound the same.
Facilitator: Natasha Ansari
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Running time: 100 minutes
Discussion time: 80 minutes
Venue: TRC
Fee: Rs. 200

Finding Nemo

“Finding Nemo” can be used to jump start the natural interest that children have in ocean life, coral reefs and marine biology. It also teaches lessons about friendship, obeying parents, and avoiding dangerous situations.Finding_Nemo

Teachers will learn how to plan and implement a lesson in their classrooms after screening this film in school.

Science: Marine Biology
Social-Emotional Learning: Relationship between Father & Son / Friendship
Ethical Emphasis: Respect & Responsibility

Synopsis:

A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar’s animated adventure Finding Nemo. When his son Nemo is captured by a scuba-diver, a nervous clownfish named Marlin sets off into the vast ocean to look for him. Along the way, he meets a scatterbrained blue fish named Dory who is both helpful and a hindrance, sometimes at the same time. Faced with sharks, deep-sea anglers, fields of poisonous jellyfish, sea turtles, pelicans, and much more, Marlin discovers a bravery within himself that he never knew existed.

While many might think Finding Nemo is a film for children, who indeed, have adored the vibrant characters and funny situations, it is actually full of deeper meaning and texture that will truly resonate with parents and teachers.

Facilitators: Uzma Rauf & Mahenaz Mahmud
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: TRC
Fee: Rs. 200

To Sir With Love

Synopsis:  To_Sir_With_Love

To Sir With Love is the story of an inner city school teacher who abandons the standard syllabus and instead, teaches his unruly, adolescent students the lessons of life. Sidney Poitier plays the lead role of a new teacher in a secondary school in Britain, where he quickly realizes that his students have absolutely no interest in academics and will probably end up as bike messengers and shop assistants. To Sir With Love is the story of one man’s struggle and commitment to transform young minds.

The film deals with a range of social and racial issues. Some scenes will be familiar to teachers as it is often a challenge to inspire young people to learn. Sidney Poitier’s character is not a trained teacher and so, he carves out his own curriculum based on personal life experiences.

As educators and teachers, we need to keep thinking about and reflecting on the real meaning of education. Are we merely teaching our students how to pass tests and exams or are we helping them to become extraordinary citizens?

Trivia: The film’s title song “To Sir, with Love”, sung by Lulu, reached number one on the U.S. pop charts, and ultimately was Billboard magazine’s #1 pop single for the year, 1967.

Facilitator: Mahenaz Mahmud
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Venue: TRC
Duration: Film: 92 minutes   Discussion: 45 minutes
Fee: Rs. 200

Chak De! India

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A Yash Chopra film, produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Shimit Amin,
Chak De India starring Shahrukh Khan, was a super hit which won several awards.

Most of you must have seen this film, so why did we select Chak De for the TRC Film Club? and more importantly, Why should you attend?

Chak De is full of situations and emotions our students experience everyday in our classrooms and playgrounds. Following the film, we will discuss issues we grapple with on a day to day basis: honesty, sincerity, integrity, different teaching styles, diverse backgrounds, competition, winning and losing, team work, working towards a common goal. These are issues young people really want to talk about, more than the physics, chemistry and literature they have to discuss to pass an exam.

Join us and share your views with other interested educators who want to make education more meaningful for their students. It is only through dialogue and discussion that we can clarify our own understanding about the educational, social and emotional needs of young people in our care.

Synopsis of Chak De

Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) knows what it’s like to come back from the dead. The ex Indian Captain has now come back in the avatar of the Coach of the Indian Women’s National Hockey team. A team that exists more on paper and less in reality. The team is a bunch of girls with their own agenda. They have forgotten what it is like to play for the love of the game. Of playing because you want glory for your country. They have all forgotten the sharp thrill of just holding the hockey stick, keeping their eyes on the ball and playing for all they are worth.

We can all relate to this … and so will your students. What’s more, you can learn from TRC how to organise and hold a discussion for your students, following the film.

Facilitator: Seema Malik
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Venue: TRC
Duration: Film: 152 minutes   Discussion: 45 minutes
Fee: Rs. 200

Children of Heaven

Children_of_HeavenSynopsis:
Children of Heaven, is an Oscar nominated Iranian film with English subtitles. An extraordinary piece of filmmaking, Children of Heaven engages people from all backgrounds in revisiting and reflecting on their childhood.

The story concerns a 9-year-old boy Ali, and his 7-year-old sister Zahra, who live with their parents in a one-room flat in the south of Tehran. At the outset, Ali is sent to have his sister’s shoes repaired, but on the way home the repaired shoes are mistakenly taken away by a city rag picker while Ali is dutifully shopping for some potatoes that his mother needs. This establishes the “problem” that drives the rest of the story. Ali is mortified by having lost the shoes, knowing that his family cannot afford to replace them and that he will be severely punished for his error. He and his sister take the only option that appears: since they attend school at different times, they must share Ali’s sneakers, without telling their parents. While a novel arrangement, we know that it is not sustainable and something will have to give.

Children of Heaven is a simple, realistic window into the emotional ups and downs of childhood. It invites us to experience the myriad of fears, dreams and expectations that a child has to navigate through on a daily basis – the desperate need for approval from ‘grownups’, the desire to meet their expectations and the ever-present fear of punishment.

The movie has been selected for screening at TRC for its relevance to the times we live in. In a world of impossible demands and a never-ending series of often-frightening encounters with intolerant adults, this powerful film prompts us to revisit and realize the enormity of every experience for a child, and our role as ‘grownups’ in influencing the impact of those experiences.

Facilitator: Sadiya Azeem
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Venue: TRC
Duration of Film: 90 minutes
Discussion Time: 45-60 minutes
Fee: Rs. 200 per participant