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Film Peels Open Student’s Lone Struggles

Film Peels Open Student’s Lone Struggles
Marist Champagnat Institute students that are taking part in Kula Film dance competition while practicing on July 14, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 15
10:34 2017

The Marist Champagnat Institute film category entry is an expose of a student’s struggle to work things out after being the target of teachers and bullies in school.

The student arrives to school late every day.

The film title Behind The Scenes depicts a lack of understanding as main character Ateca played by Akesa Lutu is struggling at home being supported by a sickly grandmother.

“The story line is no one understands me and in the film I stay with my sickly grandmother,” Akesa said.

The Kula Film Awards is an initiative of Film Fiji for the identification and development of high schools and other budding film makers, dancers and artists in the country.

The school has 36 students taking part for the Kula Dance and five students for the Kula Art category that will be held at the end of July.

The institute will take part in the three categories of film, dance and art.

“My character also comes from a struggling background and it seems no one understands what I’m going through,” she said.

The message that the school wants to portray in the film is most times teachers have to be patient with students especially if they are not performing well in school.

“Most of the time students are growled at even without the teacher taking time to question the student of what is really happening.”

There are eight cast members including two teachers in the five minute film with three scenes shot at  the school, home, and along the Nasese sea wall.

Also their Kula Dance is a hip hop dance and will feature songs from Destiny Child’s and other artists.

“We have been rehearsing after school every day and it  is our first time taking part in this category,” said student and dancer, Asaeli Gonekula.

Asaeli said the dance was a five-minute musical that would definitely wow the crowd.

This year’s theme for the Kula Art Awards is: “Children of the Sun”

For Samisoni Vereniki, 15, his painting is based on a village scenery overlooking the sea with mountains on the background.

“I also painted children playing on beach for me it shows happiness,” said Samisoni.

For Josua Vunisa his painting was based on children facing the sun and a man depicting God with a heaven setting.

“For me my painting has a beach setting with children and has a relaxing scenery,” said Atama Taoi.

It took only one day for the three students to finish their painting.

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