IN conjunction with the third Science Film Festival Malaysia recently, Siemens Malaysia organised a screening of eight short scientific films for its employees’ children. The films including Solar Kitchen (Belgium), Catalyst: Plastic Ocean & Tree Deaths (Australia), Cosmology ( Germany) and Kaho Yai Forest: Connecting Life (Thailand).
This year’s theme focused on energy and sustainable development, a correlation which affects society because any economic development involves increasing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Besides Malaysia, the Science Film Festival 2013 was also held in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Jordan, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates. It was held from Oct 7 till Dec 15.
To add to the children’s cinematic experience, Siemens organised an engaging storytelling session featuring Shantini Venugopal of The Jumping JellyBeans.
During the interactive session, the kids learnt the importance of going green and protecting the planet.
“I am very happy to be here. I have made a lot of friends today and I learnt a lot of things. I learnt not to litter and waste food,” said nineyear-old Kashmita Kumara Rajah from Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
The screening was open to children between five and 14 years old.
Siemens Malaysia head of communications department Vasanthe Narayanasamy explained the screening was one of the company’s initiatives to enhance the awareness of energy and sustainability.
“Energy and sustainability – which make up the festival’s theme this year – are big words and can be quite overwhelming for our young ones to grasp.
“However, through the festival, these concepts are made simpler through fun, short cinematic films made especially for children. Siemens Malaysia aims to further increase awareness of the importance of science education, through film festivals, competitions and field outings,” said Narayanasamy.
Throughout the festival, 20 films from 13 Asian and European countries were screened in various venues and locations in Malaysia, including the outdoor stage at MAP KL Solaris, the German-Malaysia Institute, nature parks in Kuala Selangor, schools and universities.
Initiated by the Goethe-Institut, the Science Film Festival aims to transform the way scientific issues are portrayed by presenting films that emphasise storytelling, narrative structure, visual communication and, most importantly, the educational and entertainment elements of the films. – Sheela Chandran
Shanthini Venugopal of The Jumping Jellybeans speaking about the importance of environmental conservation.