LANGUAGE: Hindi with English Subtitles
Subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader on Sunday, April 14
Gattu is an orphan who works at his guardian's scrap yard in a small Indian town. Though he's small in stature, Gattu has big ambitions - namely, defeating the mysterious black kite Kali, which dominates the sky above his kite-obsessed community. Needing to reach higher ground so that his kite can go head-to-head with Kali, Gattu impersonates a student at the local school so that he can gain access to its rooftop. Yet Gattu's determination to take down Kali will lead him to make other discoveries, to find new friends, and realize that what happens in the classroom can be just as wondrous as anything happening in the skies.
Themes: poverty, hardship, literacy, ambition, inventiveness, education
Content Advisory: threats of physical violence, instances of an adult slapping a child
Rating: G ( Violence)
Recommended for ages 7 to adult
Audience Award and Honorable Mention Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
Special mention under Best Film category , Berlin International Film Festival 2012
Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures. Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process. Then watch it grow over the weekend.