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CRACKED

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CRACKED is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-18
5 minutes
VIDEO
MAHMUT TAS
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What is it about a movie from a very different culture, such as Cracked, from Turkey, that makes me feel connected to all human beings? Watching this little girl and her mother in a village where water sources are dwindling makes me feel care and connection for them and their community. I love this film.

This short film unwinds in a foreign land where drought has cracked the earth like no other place I've ever seen. The set is amazing, with a small home in an arid mountain landscape. The story is told through repetitive action rather than language; and the soundscape of this vignette is of water being poured, dogs barking, birds singing and cattle braying. Otherwise there is only one piece of music, a classical piano, which takes us to the closing of the film with heart and heroism.

The pace of Cracked is slow but, like a glass of water being poured, is sentient. Each scene is artistically choreographed to shed just a little light on the plight of people who are suffering due to climate change. The lack of narrative and interactivity between the mother and child gave me pause to wonder, why? As a dramatic short, the silences help build the meaningful story of what lays quietly within the heart of this little girl. My favorite part is when the girl runs across the parched land carrying a small vessel of water to water a plant that is flowering there, and the background music begins, the camera pulls away from her drawing to show us that she has drawn the same scene. Wonderful and hopeful.

The lesson of this film is to be grateful for nature's beauty, even when it appears to exist only in small crevices of life. "If you give love, you will receive love, that's what makes this whole world go round." - BJ Thomas

I give Cracked 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K. KIDS FIRST!

What is it about a movie from a very different culture, such as Cracked, from Turkey, that makes me feel connected to all human beings? Watching this little girl and her mother in a village where water sources are dwindling makes me feel care and connection for them and their community. I love this film.

This short film unwinds in a foreign land where drought has cracked the earth like no other place I've ever seen. The set is amazing, with a small home in an arid mountain landscape. The story is told through repetitive action rather than language; and the soundscape of this vignette is of water being poured, dogs barking, birds singing and cattle braying. Otherwise there is only one piece of music, a classical piano, which takes us to the closing of the film with heart and heroism.

The pace of Cracked is slow but, like a glass of water being poured, is sentient. Each scene is artistically choreographed to shed just a little light on the plight of people who are suffering due to climate change. The lack of narrative and interactivity between the mother and child gave me pause to wonder, why? As a dramatic short, the silences help build the meaningful story of what lays quietly within the heart of this little girl. My favorite part is when the girl runs across the parched land carrying a small vessel of water to water a plant that is flowering there, and the background music begins, the camera pulls away from her drawing to show us that she has drawn the same scene. Wonderful and hopeful.

The lesson of this film is to be grateful for nature's beauty, even when it appears to exist only in small crevices of life. "If you give love, you will receive love, that's what makes this whole world go round." - BJ Thomas

I give Cracked 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K. KIDS FIRST!

A little girl lives in a village with her mother where water sources are dwindling by day. Drought effects her imagination, even her doodles and drawings. Not only people but the nature struggles with the unrelenting aridness. This little girl though, never loses hope. She tries to do as best she can, sacrificing from herself for her beloved nature.
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