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Films to make children explore new world

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SHARJAH: Sharjah’s virtual media arts event, Let’s have FUNN, will come to a close on Friday offering one final chance for children to enjoy movies handpicked from around the globe by FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, to appeal to the imaginatio­n and taste of movie lovers, especially those up to the age of 11. Three entertaini­ng short films will be available for free streaming on Friday, 4 to 4.30pm, on the FUNN website https://funn.ae/letshavefu­nn/ letshavefu­nn-screenings/.

The closing day’s programme will begin with a 7-minute animation film from Germany, about a cat, Percy, trying to relax on the shores of a lake in Cat Lake City. He is thwarted at every point by the elements, including a flock of pesky ducks. Cat Lake City, directed by Antje Heyn, follows the hilarious mishaps Percy encounters while trying to enjoy a siesta.

In Paper Kite, a Bulgarian animated film in English with Arabic subtitles, director Assia Kovanova focuses on the innocence and vivid imaginatio­n of children that allows them to solve problems which stump adults through the story of a girl and a boy who are given a maths problem to solve by their teacher. When the girl comes up with a wrong answer, the teacher mocks her. However, the children prove they are right in their own way.

Cracks in The Pavement, from Argentina, is a stop motion animation film directed by awardwinni­ng director Nicolas Conte. It portrays the travails of a seed that falls into a dustbin on a pavement. The angry dustbin kicks it out, and the seed falls into a crack in the pavement when it begins to grow into a plant on which blooms a lovely flower. But will the pavement allow it to survive?

Let’s have FUNN is a first-of-its-kind virtual event organised by FUNN, a Sharjah-based organisati­on dedicated to promoting and supporting media arts learning among children and youth in the UAE. The event brought together a stellar line-up of Arab and internatio­nal artists, filmmakers, and industry experts to deliver a series of creative workshops, inspiring discussion­s, in addition to film screenings, from October 12 – 16, 2020.

FUNN is an organisati­on establishe­d under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperso­n of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), to promote and support the media arts (animation, filmmaking, graphic design, etc.) for young children and the youth of Sharjah and UAE.

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Cracks in The Pavement, from Argentina, is a stop motion animation film directed by award-winning director Nicolas Conte.
↑ Cracks in The Pavement, from Argentina, is a stop motion animation film directed by award-winning director Nicolas Conte.

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