Wednesday, December 02, 2009

My Paper Boat

Glad to know that ‘My Paper Boat’ is sailing successfully to some thinking minds propagating the message of global warming, climate change, drought & displacement. ‘My Paper Boat’ is a simple short film I did with my friends for a competition conducted as part of Copenhagen Climate Change Conference to be held in UK. All the world nations are expected to sign a treaty taking the vow to diminish the Carbon emission for a better future. Today we are quite proud to know that the film is selected as the best film for screening at Copenhagen to convey this message to an international crowd.

On behalf of our little cast and crew, I would like to thank the contest organizers, the judges, the sponsors and the viewers for accepting this video. Glad that it could reach to this rank. Yet, more than winning this competition, we are quite happy being a part of this event - rather this movement- reaching lot many like minded people, propagating a good cause in the simplest manner possible. As many of you commented, this might not make huge changes but we are sure that it can definitely trigger a thought for all thinking minds.

The video is hosted in the site

Through this video we are trying to present a possible state of displacement one might have to face in future because of changing climate. The whole scenario is visualized in a simple manner with the mannerisms of a child with his ‘Paper Boat’.

I remember my childhood in Kerala, with my sister and friends throwing paper boats in water during the monsoons. We used to be ready with the boats waiting for the rain to hit the ground. While doing a documentary film for NFSC, mentioned in my previous blog, I almost saw this kid in my mind. My friend Deepu Charles triggered the idea of Paper Boat and together we made the concept note. Later buddy Sachindev helped me find the boy ‘Arjun’ for the video. Kiran and Sachin helped me with whole process of shooting. Thanks to Susan and Rayson who helped us with the camera, so that we could finish the shoot in almost negligible budget.

My Paper Boat is the story of a little boy; we keep meeting somewhere or rather everywher e in the heart of India. He lost his play space due to the drought. He is now confused on where to leave his paper boat. So he is looking around for various means to make it move. For him, the hot sun is the villain who took off his comforts, but we know the reality. He is still on his search for an option. The protagonist here represents the displaced population due to global warming.
Interview with the crew

Please find below the news reports and blogs on this video.
In Television: Indiavision Channel
Publications: Press Clips


Vani said...

Hey… was just looking at the movie… u know what strikes me about the movie is not the environmental aspect of it (I know it would be blasphemy to say that now) but the whole idea of a child without a play space. Do kids like Arjun really have a play space or the time and luxury to play? Isn’t their childhood like dragging a boat on dry ground? The movie could stand to represent that too. Poverty, work… how deprived their childhoods are! But look at how happy he seems, making do with what he has. That magnificent innocence of kids!
U know if u take the movie out of the context of global warming and put it in the context of poverty, child labour or the subaltern, it would still make perfect sense… Isn’t it amazing how many things can be said in such a short while!!

Cockroach said...

thanks :)

Allison said...

I have to agree with Vani, that this film can also represent poverty, and no playground for kids. It's really sad to see how many parks and playgrounds are empty here meanwhile you see this sweet kids dragging a paperboat!

Allison said...

Honestly, I think the one thing that really hit me the most was the dry ground. I have never been exposed to that before. I live in the city and all you see is cement, asphalt, and parks full of green. Sometimes, because we are not exposed to this type of environment we are ignorant to the effects of global warming and just keep ignoring it. Also the sun blaring down and just the sound of the wind made me think that our neighborhood could become a desert and that was a very scary thought. I'm not surprised this film one the prize because in 1 minute, I was seriously saving oh crap!