( May 11, 2018 )
'Delhi Dreams' depicts stories of ambition and aspiration of five underprivileged children
Delhi Dreams, a short film made by 14 underprivileged children hailing from the Indian capital's slums, is being screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
The movie is to be showcased at the British Pavilion on Wednesday morning.
Delhi Dreams depicts stories of ambition and aspiration of five underprivileged children — Roshni, Shikha, Arbaaz, Bharat, Murshed — hailing from New Delhi. Courtesy Smile Foundation, a leading pan-India development organisation, their dreams have found a platform.
The organisation had joined hands with Films without Borders (FWB) - a UK-based company that educates youth living in difficult situations around the globe - to host a filmmaking workshop for children with an objective to educate, engage and empower through cinematic experience. After a rigorous audition, 14 children were selected for portrayal in the movie. The children were then trained under film professional Jill Samuels and award-winning photographer and cinematographer Richard Blanshard, who visited India in November 2017 to conduct the workshop during the Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY) 2017. The product of the workshop was Delhi Dreams.
Arbaz, one of the 14 filmmakers, a student of Class 10, wants to become a photographer in the future. His father Tahir Husain is an embroiderer by profession and mother Asma Khatun is a homemaker.