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What to know: Amazingly beautiful short about a paper boy and Dr.
DREAMS is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-18
10 minutes
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This is an amazingly beautiful short film, unlike many I have seen. I love the part about the young boy preparing for his school's meeting with Dr. Abdul Karam, the former president of India. The acting and the storyline are very appealing, especially the boy. In some ways, it feels a bit rushed for certain plot points. I wanted it to last longer. Despite that, the plot flow wells with no logistical errors. The subject is a well handled tribute to Dr. Karam. It tells a wonderful story that people of all ages can enjoy. The quality of the sound, the camerawork, sets and locations, costumes and special effects are all quite good. There are some extraordinarily beautiful camera angles that almost reveal the boy's innermost thoughts. I love seeing him prepare for the meeting by visiting "the Old Man" and doing research at the library. We see an ambition in the boy that is compelling. We get a glimpse into the lives of the young boy, his school mates, family and community that is very real looking. The excitement of the meeting with Dr. Karam is tangible, from everyone, but especially the young boy. It is a worth-while watch for tweens and teens and a respectful tribute to Dr. Abdul Kalam. It flows well, despite feeling somewhat rushed at times. It is very watchable and inspiring with some upbeat messages, especially at the end. It comes from India with dialogue in Tamil and English sub-titles. Highly recommended to KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Arjun N. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
A paper boy wants to invite Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam to his school annual day event. Kalam Sir accepts the invitation too. What happens next is the rest of the short film.
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