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PANDALAND: MAKING IT COUNT

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PANDALAND: MAKING IT COUNT is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
14 minutes
VIDEO
MARTHA DAVIS
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I enjoyed Pandaland: Making It Count because it is a very friendly way to introduce young people to social issues that they may not be aware of. I like the imagination that was put into creating the set.

The documentary is about how children became engaged and learned to grapple big social issues through playing in a multi-media installation of more than 70 toy pandas in a downtown Toronto neighborhood.

I like how the film start off with typical imagination play for the children and then it morphs into addressing political issues, which is a clever way to engage children in this way. The film's vibe is lighthearted and optimistic, and demonstrates how even young children can effect change. The camerawork and audio recording are very good. Martha Moore Davis is the writer, producer, director and narrator. Her gentle narration is a great addition to the film. The set, with all the 70+ pandas, is awe-inspiring. The background music and sound effects help move the story along. The kids featured in the documentary are articulate in expressing their knowledge about their experience.

My favorite part is when the lake is revealed to be toxic, which prompted the kids to solve issues and also introduce them real problems of the real world.

The message of the film is that you can change things.

I give Pandaland: Making It Count 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a perfect example of "stealth learning" that teaches kids real life problems that exist in society, from a "panda" point of view. By Tom W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

I enjoyed Pandaland: Making It Count because it is a very friendly way to introduce young people to social issues that they may not be aware of. I like the imagination that was put into creating the set.

The documentary is about how children became engaged and learned to grapple big social issues through playing in a multi-media installation of more than 70 toy pandas in a downtown Toronto neighborhood.

I like how the film start off with typical imagination play for the children and then it morphs into addressing political issues, which is a clever way to engage children in this way. The film's vibe is lighthearted and optimistic, and demonstrates how even young children can effect change. The camerawork and audio recording are very good. Martha Moore Davis is the writer, producer, director and narrator. Her gentle narration is a great addition to the film. The set, with all the 70+ pandas, is awe-inspiring. The background music and sound effects help move the story along. The kids featured in the documentary are articulate in expressing their knowledge about their experience.

My favorite part is when the lake is revealed to be toxic, which prompted the kids to solve issues and also introduce them real problems of the real world.

The message of the film is that you can change things.

I give Pandaland: Making It Count 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a perfect example of "stealth learning" that teaches kids real life problems that exist in society, from a "panda" point of view. By Tom W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Pandaland: Making It Count is about how children became engaged and learned to grapple with big social issues. The filmmaker accomplished this through play in a multi-media installation of 70+ toy pandas she created in her neighborhood. The vibe of the film is lighthearted and optimistic. As the children participate in an election on behalf of the pandas, their experience embodies community building, demonstrates acts of civic engagement and conveys the important message that, working together, even young children can effect change. The film is a life-affirming tribute to kids' compassion and the birth of their activism.
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