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KULA FILM: College Film Based on True Story

KULA FILM: College Film Based on True Story
A shot from one of the scenes from Swami Vivekananda College’s Dream Catcher.
July 24
11:16 2018

Swami Vivekananda College’s film for this year’s Kula Awards – Fijian Made Film Awards is dedicated to one of their special students, Thrivell Kartik Lal.

The script for the film, Dream Catcher, was modified to provide humour and to bring in social issues including bullying and relationships.

Vice principal Geeta Krishna said: “This year our school theme for the film is based on challenges faced by a special student; it is supporting inclusive education. It shows that despite the obstacles faced in school, a special child can fulfil his or her dreams and succeed in life.

“Everyone is looking forward to a positive outcome. We hope it inspires schools to take in special students to support inclusive education.”

This year a total of 18 students are involved. According to Mrs Krishna the preparation and build up to the submission of this year’s Kula Film has been challenging.

“Firstly new students coming in from primary school and the experienced ones leaving meant a new set of students had to be guided and trained from scratch,” she said.

“Secondly we received a number of scripts and choosing the right one was difficult. The script we chose eventually was something our principal Rajesh Krishna suggested since he was inspired by the special student we have in our college who is now a prefect and is excelling in his studies.”

The support from the administration (financial and moral) and teachers in charge have been great and it has helped this group to overcome obstacles and submit the film on time.

The training provided by Film Fiji through the three workshops has also assisted students to become better actors.

“The school is excited and hyped up for the meet since this year we have been nominated for the 12 awards category out of the 13,” Mrs Krishna said.


The school has participated in 2006, 2007, 2009 – 2012, 2015-2018 and nominated and won some awards.

In 2006, it won the most popular film award; in 2015 it received the Commendation Award.

The film is about a young boy who has enrolled in a normal secondary school after finishing his primary education in a special school.

It eventually shows how he is able to achieve his dream of being an aeronautical engineer.

The film shows the good and bad moments he faces in school and it shows a person’s determination to reach his goal.

The Fijian Made Film Awards and Fiji Airways Art competition will be held at Damodar City on July 27 and Fiji Link Dance competition will be held on July 28 at the FMF Gymnasium.

Edited by Percy Kean



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