Stu­dent film on fire­cracker dan­ger a hands-down win­ner

New Straits Times - - News -

MIRI: The in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren be­ing in­jured, or los­ing their hands, when play­ing with fire­crack­ers com­pelled some stu­dents from Sarawak to raise aware­ness about the dan­gers of fire­crack­ers.

Michael Nya­mun, 11, with three school­mates from SK Long Sepil­ing in Baram, cre­ated a short video to high­light the grow­ing prob­lem among chil­dren.

Their five-minute video, ti­tled Marung Asu: The Power of Hands, won the Best Sto­ry­telling Award at the Kid Wit­ness News (KWN) Global Sum­mit 2017 in Tokyo re­cently.

Michael said they cre­ated the video to re­mind chil­dren that their hands were a gift from God.

“The idea came about when we were pre­par­ing to shoot the video dur­ing Hari Raya last year.

“It is re­ally dis­turb­ing to read news about chil­dren los­ing their hands, and in some cases, hav­ing their hands am­pu­tated, from fireworks ac­ci­dents,” said Michael.

He pro­posed the idea to their teacher-ad­viser be­fore film­ing started.

“We are gifted with hands but many take them for granted. Some even risk play­ing with dangerous items and only re­alise the im­por­tance of their hands af­ter los­ing them.

“Thus, we de­cided to high­light how we should ap­pre­ci­ate our hands and do good deeds in­stead,” he said.

He and Fiona Fredick, 12, Juwita Ulean, 12, and Anilov Fa­bien Tin­gang, 13, who are now in sec­ondary school, rep­re­sented Malaysia in the com­pe­ti­tion, which saw 18 teams from around the world par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Fiona said although the video shoot was tough and tir­ing, it was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We put so much ef­fort into the process as we wanted to win. It wasn’t just about try­ing our luck. We wanted to bring some­thing home.”

Juwita said her par­ents didn’t be­lieve her when she told them of the team’s vic­tory.

“They thought I was pulling their leg.

“I had to go back to school and ask my teacher to in­form my par­ents. Only then did they be­lieve me.”

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