A Brave Bunch Awarded at Jaipur International Film Festival
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The film A Brave Bunch by Tomasz Stankiewicz was awarded a distinction in the 9th edition of the Jaipur International Film Festival in India – one of the most rapidly developing film festivals in the world.
A Brave Bunch was a big success. The jury appreciated the innovative form of documentary storytelling and the ability to present historic events in an attractive way for younger viewers. The film was judged relevant not only because of the compelling way it introduces Polish history to children, but also because of how it helps promote a positive attitude among the youngest – an attitude especially valuable today, since Nazi, and other minority-discriminating movements, appear to be re-emerging. Monika Kowaleczko-Szumowska, co-author of the screenplay for A Brave Bunch, said:
Children and teenagers cannot be properly brought up without ideals and values, worth losing one’s life for. And I think that they need that to avoid becoming people who fear risk, who only care about their own safety, don’t value justice and hesitate helping the weak. After all, every young boy wants to be a knight or a fireman. They need noble examples to take after, great ideals and ethics.
For those same reasons, the film was also popular during the 18th edition of the prestigious Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece and became the inaugural film of the EUforia Europa Media international programme, the aim of which is to educate the youngest viewers.
A Brave Bunch
Jaipur International Film Festival
During the final of the 9th edition of the Jaipur International Film Festival, A Brave Bunch was awarded Best Children’s Film. Members of the jury expressed their wish to show the movie in primary schools in New Delhi and the state of Kerala. The Polish film crew are to take care of organising these future events.
The authors are also planning on creating a book and feature film under the (still uncertain) title Children of the Maharaja. It will tell the story of Polish children living in a settlement provided by the maharaja in Nawanagaru during World War II.
Sources: www.fajnaferajna.pl, own materials; originally written in Polish by AS, 20 Jan 2017, translated by WF, 30 Jan 2017