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INDIA: Festival showcases more than 30 films

Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival brings together nearly 1,500 youth


(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival was held at the Don Bosco Auditorium in Egmore, Chennai, India, on Oct. 13. This is the second year the film festival has been held in India, and this year it brought together close to 1,500 youth. The Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts coordinated the screenings in Chennai. Other screenings of the film festival were held in Los Angeles, Calif., U.S., and more than 200 locations in 60 countries.

The theme of the film festival was “Love Builds Peace and Solidarity” and showcased international talent from multiple countries. The event presented an opportunity for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, bringing together a range of important people in film and education.

The festival featured more than 30 selected films, offering diverse and unique cultural nuances, artistic expressions, and storytelling. After each screening, a discussion allowed participants to share their perspectives and insights.

A Salesian said, “It was a true celebration of the universal language of cinema, highlighting how love, peace and solidarity resonate in the hearts of people from different corners of the world. The event was also a testament to the power of film in fostering empathy and connection. As attendees, filmmakers and organizers mingled and shared their perspectives, it became evident that the bonds forged during the festival extended beyond geographical boundaries. Everyone shared human experience, emphasizing the importance of unity and understanding in an increasingly interconnected world.”

Salesian missionaries provides educational and social development services for poor youth and their families across the country. India’s youth face a lack of educational opportunities due to issues of caste, class and gender. Almost 44% of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10% of the working-age population has completed a secondary education. In addition, many secondary school graduates do not have the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s changing job market.



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