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LITTLE SAMUEL

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LITTLE SAMUEL is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
101 minutes
FeatureFilm
SADHU BURLINGTON
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Little Samuel is an action packed film and a delight to watch. Set in southern India with terrific landscapes and characters that feel real and generate our empathy. The insight we get from this film into this culture is remarkable.

The storyline follows a young boy in southern India who dreams of playing cricket. His family does not have enough money to buy him a bat so he devises a devious way to pay for one by stealing. In the end, he has to make a decision between getting a bat, which will allow him to follow his dreams, and telling the truth about how he acquired it.

The film gives us insight into the culture and people of southern India and their way of life. I like that the story line addresses the power of being honest and that the end does not justify the means. The cinematography is quite lovely; it was easy for me to get drawn into the film and feel as if I am visiting a village in southern India. The colors are vivid and gorgeous; the attire worn by the characters is characteristic of southern India; the background music seems typical from the area and fits the storyline. What truly stands out is the character development, especially of the young boy, but it is easy to identify with all the characters that range from young children to village elders. My favorite part is the wedding scene for the children's tutor. The clothing, lighting and music are fantastic in this scene.

The message of the film is that it is always better to tell the truth and face the consequences, even if it interferes with achieving your dreams.

I give Little Samuel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!

Little Samuel is an action packed film and a delight to watch. Set in southern India with terrific landscapes and characters that feel real and generate our empathy. The insight we get from this film into this culture is remarkable.

The storyline follows a young boy in southern India who dreams of playing cricket. His family does not have enough money to buy him a bat so he devises a devious way to pay for one by stealing. In the end, he has to make a decision between getting a bat, which will allow him to follow his dreams, and telling the truth about how he acquired it.

The film gives us insight into the culture and people of southern India and their way of life. I like that the story line addresses the power of being honest and that the end does not justify the means. The cinematography is quite lovely; it was easy for me to get drawn into the film and feel as if I am visiting a village in southern India. The colors are vivid and gorgeous; the attire worn by the characters is characteristic of southern India; the background music seems typical from the area and fits the storyline. What truly stands out is the character development, especially of the young boy, but it is easy to identify with all the characters that range from young children to village elders. My favorite part is the wedding scene for the children's tutor. The clothing, lighting and music are fantastic in this scene.

The message of the film is that it is always better to tell the truth and face the consequences, even if it interferes with achieving your dreams.

I give Little Samuel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!

The storyline follows a young boy in southern India who dreams of playing cricket. His family does not have enough money to buy him a bat so he devises a devious way to pay for one by stealing. In the end, he has to make a decision between getting a bat, which will allow him to follow his dreams, and telling the truth about how he acquired it.
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