WFC in Russia

In Russia WFC worked closely with Maloyaroslavskii Children’s Home, an orphanage in the Kaluga province delivering a level one cell phone film making training to orphans aged between 10 and 17 years. The training gave the young Russians their first experience of using the Internet and of filmmaking.

During the two-week programme the young students made several films about areas that were of interest to them including love and physical training. Participants were enthusiastic and grasped new concepts quickly, understanding the technical aspects of production and editing prior to completing the course. They were incredibly interested and excited by the experience, so much so that they asked to take the phones out at break times to shoot their own films.

In producing their final film, Fishing, the group decided to tell the story of a boy who was not allowed to go fishing as his father considered him to be too young. The film demonstrates the triumph of the boy who not only catches a big fish but earns the respect of his father as well.

The participants created, directed, produced and edited the film from beginning to end. This was the first time these young people have been given the chance to make a film. A final screening was well received, as participants saw the results of their hard work. The training was generously funded by Russian philanthropist, Marina Goncharenko, through the Goncharenko family foundation, Russian Century..

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