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Kula Festival Spread Of Fake News And Discrimination Inspires Film

Kula Festival Spread Of Fake News And  Discrimination Inspires Film
Nakasi High School Students while rehearsing for Kula Film video based on racial hatred and bullying on July 5, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 06
12:28 2018

Photos and videos of Muslim pilgrims at the Nadi International Airport that started a host of fake news about them has inspired a school to do a film about it.

The story of the ‘Lonely Boy’, who is being racially and verbally discriminated, will be highlighted in the Nakasi High School film production for the Kula Film Festival.

The negative impact it has on the boy and those who are too quick to pass judgement will be central to the school’s act.

The school’s Kula Film Festival co-ordinator Waisake Mataki said the film was to encourage people to work together and live peacefully and harmoniously.

“All of us want to feel safe and comfortable with people around us and not to be discriminated because of who we are,” Mr Mataki said.

“Everyone comes from different backgrounds and that is what makes Fiji unique because no matter what we are all Fijians.

“We must unite and not discriminate anyone.

“The making of the film was influenced by how people spread hatred and discrimination on social media like the incident where someone took pictures of a group of Muslims at the airport.

“We just need to teach our children that we must accept everyone because we are all Fijians. We need to unite and move forward.”

The school is competing in the film and poster competition. The Kula Film Festival is from July 27 to 28.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj

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