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TRIAL OF ERRORS

What to know: A group of kids put a man from an earlier generation trial for his crimes against humanity.
TRIAL OF ERRORS is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-15
13 minutes
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ERIC SWINDERMAN
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This student made short film (by a 13 year old) follows a group of kids the put a man on trial for his crimes against humanity. These young people are teaching an older generation about current issues that will affect us in the future.

Something that I like about the storyline is that it has multiple elements and includes things that are unexpected. None of the characters have major character development and their opinions throughout the film stay the same. The camerawork quality is pretty good; there is nothing that really stands out but, it's completely suitable for the film. It makes good use of cutaways to archival footage. The lighting and sound qualities are also good. The background music is particularly well chosen, especially the final piece at the ending. The "man" who is on trial delivers the best performance, but all the kids, from the judge to the attorneys give believable performances. I love that the man is on trial for issues near and dear to kids today such as global warming, and accuse him of being part of the problem. The issues that the man is being tried for include recycling, the cost of private education, over population, infrastructure, destroying the middle class, gerrymandering, gun control. I love that the film takes a break when everyone gets a recess - probably my favorite part of the film. Then, there is an active shooter drill in the middle of the trial, with the kids pointing out how they have to deal with this every day. This film made me want to learn more about current issues. My favorite part is at the end when a jury member debates which side to take.

The message is a reminder to us to be open to change.

I give Trial of Errors 2.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 15. By Mikella G. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

This student made short film (by a 13 year old) follows a group of kids the put a man on trial for his crimes against humanity. These young people are teaching an older generation about current issues that will affect us in the future.

Something that I like about the storyline is that it has multiple elements and includes things that are unexpected. None of the characters have major character development and their opinions throughout the film stay the same. The camerawork quality is pretty good; there is nothing that really stands out but, it's completely suitable for the film. It makes good use of cutaways to archival footage. The lighting and sound qualities are also good. The background music is particularly well chosen, especially the final piece at the ending. The "man" who is on trial delivers the best performance, but all the kids, from the judge to the attorneys give believable performances. I love that the man is on trial for issues near and dear to kids today such as global warming, and accuse him of being part of the problem. The issues that the man is being tried for include recycling, the cost of private education, over population, infrastructure, destroying the middle class, gerrymandering, gun control. I love that the film takes a break when everyone gets a recess - probably my favorite part of the film. Then, there is an active shooter drill in the middle of the trial, with the kids pointing out how they have to deal with this every day. This film made me want to learn more about current issues. My favorite part is at the end when a jury member debates which side to take.

The message is a reminder to us to be open to change.

I give Trial of Errors 2.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 15. By Mikella G. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

A group of kids put a man from an earlier generation trial for his crimes against humanity.
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