Alegalu (2012)

Alegalu

Language: Kannada

Starring: Manohara Bhat, Aboobakar Siddiq

Director: Prithvi Konanur

At nine, life looks unkind to Putta and Basu — two school going boys residing in a small fishing village in coastal Karnataka.

Basu has failed the class test and is struggling to accept his widowed mother’s decision of marrying a distant relative. Putta, on the other hand, receives severe tongue lashing from his mother, who catches him stealing money.

Dejected by their circumstances, the friends confide in each other and rue their helplessness. The boys hope for a change in their fates upon hearing Basu’s grandma’s story about a Panjurli (spirit) residing on an island in the midst of the sea. Anyone who is makes the perilous trip to the island and makes an offering to the holy spirit will see their wishes come true.

In the hope to solve their problems, Putta and Basu decide to venture into the dangerous sea in their small wooden rowboat.

Awards

Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival, India (2012)

Roshd International Educational Film, Iran (2012)

Toronto Kids International Film Festival, Canada (2013)

Indian Film Festival, Germany (2013)

Watch: Alegalu (Waves)

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Aw Aakare Aa / A, B, She (2003)

Language: Odia
Cast: Adyasha Mohapatra, Debu Bose, Diptimayee Panda
Director: Subas Das

Aw Akare Aa

If a man eats two sweets in two minutes, then the math says he consumes one sweet in a minute. But what if he gobbles up more than one sweet in that one minute? These are the kind of questions that dog the young mind of Mini (Mohapatra), the protagonist of Aw Aakare Aa. And the conventional curriculum driven education system doesn’t do much to satisfy her curiosity.

Should one take textbook questions just as they are — set and formulaic? Does our educational system welcome alternative thinking and unconventional questions? For a country obsessed with marks and reserving a child’s competence to result cards, Aw Aakare Aa explores these questions with great simplicity.

A motherless child, Mini is restless and full of questions. On visiting her grandfather in the village, this inquisitive girl discovers the joys and mysteries of nature. Far from the dreariness of classroom teaching, memorizing lessons and appearing for exams, Mini gathers new interests. She excels at flying kites, learns to climb trees and catch fish.

When the world makes her weary, the little girl finds supports in her imaginary teacher, Miss Mini. Away from yelling teachers and boring classes, Miss Mini takes her out in the open fields, where games replace homework, lessons are shared with songs and dance, and learning is fun.

As the little Mini grows up, she still finds herself struggling with a flawed education system — only now as a teacher. Unable to conform to constricted ideas of teaching and learning, she charts a new territory for herself and her students.

Aw Aakare Aa is a sincere effort that questions the drudgery of classroom teaching and emphasizes on the need of harboring unorthodox ideas in the process of learning.

Awards: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia (Year – 2003)

Trailer: Aw Aakare Aa / A, B, She