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What to know: This is a short film about a woman who has her bag stolen.
CUP OF TEA is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-18
3 minutes
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Highly recommended. The story is fluent and the message strong. There is a well-educated, highly privileged women interacting with an underprivileged boy who runs off with her bag. Later, it is revealed that he was only trying to bring her to his community so she could educate them and make a difference in their lives. Not everyone lives a privileged life, not everyone has access to a decent education. Most people, typically children, take many of these rights for granted and this film points out what it's like for those who are less fortunate. This short has stunning visuals, great sound, an upbeat soundtrack and, most importantly, a strong message. It flows very well and has a little play on words when the word "tea" becomes "teach," establishing a form of trade, tea for knowledge. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Juror Zack E. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18.

Highly Recommended. The most appealing element of this title is the suspense that leads to an ending you do not expect. Visuals are very good. Clear bright colors. You can feel the land, the brown and dryness of the land. You see very vividly the faces of the villagers, young and old. A child will enjoy the suspense. Why did the young child take the photographer's bag and begins running through the countryside? It flows, in the beginning you know that she is a photographer. Through the chase after the little boy steals her bag you discover his reason. There really no dialogue to speak of. The only language are the shouts to the young man as he runs away with the woman's bag. While we don't want to encourage theft of someone's property, in the end we find out why the student took her bag. I recommend this for ages 5 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. She breathes in the clean air and closes her eyes as she takes it all in, forgetting her troubles for a moment. She notices a young village kid smiling at her. She smiles back. Suddenly, she's jolted back to reality when the young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. She chases him through the beautiful landscape as he whips through jungles and open fields and villages. He's very familiar with the place and she doesn't have a chance. Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart. 'Cup Of Tea' is a short film about the potential we all have to change someone else's life, and while you're doing that, might as well change it for the better.
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