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Lens captures children?s god

Documentary film-making is gaining popularity with youth being vocal about issues that concern them.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 13:47 IST

They may wear tattered jeans, use colourful words and give the feeling that they wouldn't really care if the world comes down, but when it comes to real issues — communalism, conservation of water and child labour to name a few  — they do more than plain talk.

They make movies on them. Documentary film-making is gaining popularity as a medium of expression with more and more youngsters being vocal about issues that concern them.

"Films are a medium through which we can share our thoughts,” said Arbuda, 20, and Shweta, 21, both students of Delhi University. Child's Own God, their 10-minute documentary, explores the fact that children are not born with preconceived notions about religion.

Priyanka, 20, made a documentary film on street children, Platform number 8. She visited the New Delhi Railway station daily for a month before making the movie. Manmeet, 21, another DU student, made a one-minute documentary on water conservation.

"The condition of the Yamuna has affected us deeply,” she said. The Bring Your Own Film (BYOF) festival at Puri and the Fringe Festival etc are platforms where these youngsters get to showcase their cinematic talent.