Bhubaneswar: UNICEF Odisha in partnership with AAINA, an Odisha based voluntary organization, gave away five awards as part of ‘Kallola’ a short film contest on Child Rights at the Awards Ceremony held in the city today.
The Chief Guest, Ms. Aparna Sen, internationally acclaimed film actor & director presented the awards to the winners. Chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR), Mrs Kasturi Mohapatra and Mr D. Prasanth Ku. Reddy, IAS, Director, Odisha State Child Protection Society (OSCPS), Department of WCD, Govt. of Odisha were the Guests of Honour at the event and Mr. Anubhav Mohanty, Actor & MP (Rajya Sabha) was esteemed guest. Ms. Yumi Bae, Chief, UNICEF Odisha and Mr. Anant Mahapatra noted film and theatre personality and Chair – Jury Kallola were present.
BACHPAN’ by Mr. Sangram Keshari Sahu, received the 1st prize. ‘ASHA GOBARA RA’ by Mr. Biswanath Swain won the 2nd Prize and also the Children’s Choice Award. ‘SOCH BADLO’ by Mr. Ramachandra Meher received the 3rd Prize. The Jury’s Choice award went to ‘THE OPEN DOOR’ by Suraj Pattnayak.
The theme for Kallola 2017 is ‘End Violence Against Children…SOCH BADLO!’(Change your attitude), which challenges stereotyped behavior and thoughts that are overlooked, ignored or perpetuate an act of violence against a child. Kallola 2017 focused on ending violence – physical, sexual, emotional and mental violence against children that often has a social and cultural sanction attached to them.
Five short films produced by fifteen adolescent children as part of Kallola Junior were screened at the event. The children were selected from a Child Care Institution under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (W&CD Dept.), Govt. of Odisha and in partnership with the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Odisha.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest Ms Aparna Sen said “watching films Kallol 2017 made my memories come back of the first experience of looking through the Camera lens. Parents and people should not take children for granted but rather make their life joyous. The power of cinema should be more used and more films should be made to spread the awareness to end violence against children”.
Esteemed Guest and Actor and MP, Mr Anubhav Mohanty stated “even if parents are very busy these days they should spend quality and fruitful times with children and it’s a collective responsibility of all to raise voice against violence against children and spread the awareness”
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Yumi Bae, Chief, UNICEF Odisha said, “I appreciate and congratulate all award winners and participants in the contest, including children who took an interest in this theme – ending violence against children. I am also grateful to our partners with whose support the thought provoking films will reach wider audiences and trigger a dialogue around ending violence against children.”
Ms. Kasturi Mohapatra, Chairperson OSCPCR said “we all together should take the pledge and raise voice against violence and support each other and spread the awareness”
Mr. D. Prasanth Reddy, IAS, Director OSCPS said “all children have immense talent and help and support should be provided to them to realize their dreams. OSCPS like last year this year also will take the films and screen it all across the state so that the messages reaches more and more people”
Sharing her thoughts on the occasion, Ms. Sneha Mishra, Secretary, AAINA said, “It is a pleasure to hold the event for third year and also getting DWCD and OSCPCR as partners. Overwhelmed to receive 44 films entries this year which show the event getting popularized among people. We sincerely hope these films are going to storm people’s mind to change their perception on child rights and triggering them to take action to end violence against children.”
This year, an eminent Jury comprising of Mr. Anant Mahapatra as Chair, Anuradha Mohanty, Mr. Baikuntha Panigrahi, Mr. Chandrabhanu Pattnayak, Mr. Kapilash Bhuyan and Mr. S.V. Raman along with a special panel of 50 children as Jury from Kendra Vidyalaya and districts evaluated the entries and selected the best five for the awards.