The project ‘A Escola Vai ao Cinema’ was carried out in partnership with the Culture Support Fund and Cine Cultura
With the objective of providing low-income students with access to the seventh art, the A Escola Vai ao Cinema project took place in August. Cine Cultura received classes from 56 schools and 500 teachers, in groups of 90 students of the same age group: from 4 to 6 years old, from 7 to 9 years old, from 10 to 12 years old and from 13 years old. Part of the vacancies are reserved for schools in the rural area and for special education, and for Young Adult Education.
Of 33 administrative regions in the Federal District, only seven have movie theaters. Having said that, for the pedagogical coordinator of the project, Cléria Costa, going to the cinema is a trip that becomes expensive when the family goes, because it is not just the entrance to the cinema, they like transportation, they spend on snacks, popcorn , and many families do not go to the cinema for financial reasons, and especially in the more peripheral cities or the outskirts around the DF. What we notice in the project is that many children had never been to the cinema. And another thing, few know the national productions, and our programming was all made with national films from the chosen animations”, she highlights. Cléria argues that culture should be recognized as a mediator of social development and its access is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The pedagogue says that the project is a way of valuing the culture of Brazilian cinema, and it is a project of social inclusion. “For many students it is an inclusion, and I see this even in EJA, talking to teachers and older students, many have never been to the cinema, so I believe that the project has a very great educational relevance, because there is no education without culture and vice versa”, he emphasizes. Cléria points out that in addition to leisure and the playful issue of going to the movies, pedagogical guides were prepared with suggestions to be worked on after the movies, to have the unfolding in the classroom. She has nice feedback from students, who debate the films, and there were cases that lasted more than a week, and the students even went back to debating the themes. This shows that education is also involved in the act of going to the movies. “Respect for the opinion of the other, listening to the other, this is all involved in the project”.
The project has educational procedures for schools to participate, Cléria mentions the ritual of handing out tickets, so that they know that they have to have an entrance ticket and a line to be respected. “A whole procedure that is normal for those who usually go to the movies, but for those who have never been, it is very important to know how it works. Sometimes we don’t reflect because it’s already automated, but going to the movies is a social practice”, she emphasizes. Cléria thinks that the project could work 365 days a year, and even then the number of students in public schools in the DF would not be exhausted.
The A Escola Vai ao Cinema project was carried out in partnership with the Culture Support Fund and Cine Cultura. Cleria explains that even though the number of EJA students in the DF has decreased after the pandemic, they tried to supply as much of this audience as possible, and also, serve rural schools and people with disabilities, with two special schools and inclusive schools.
Physical education teacher Nara Mardones, from the Centro de Ensino Especial 1 school in Samambaia, says that she left the session feeling emotional. “I was delighted with the project, with the dimension of the issue of democratization of culture, the way it is done with great care and organization”, she comments. Nara reports that it was the first time for many students in the cinema. According to her, the oldest of the students must be 54 years old, and she is sure that it was the first time in the age group of the oldest students at the center, who went to the cinema. “And so, it was a lovely thing to participate in a moment like this, sometimes the school is the only access that our students will have to culture”, she says, For her, it would be very important to expand the project to reach a greater number of students, because it really is something that has to be disseminated in education.
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The professor of philosophy and sociology at CED 04 Taguatinga Norte, Area Especial CNG, Carlos Alberto Mateus teaches at night high school, in the first, second and third years. For him, the project was very well organized, the buses were always punctual, both when arriving and when returning. Mateus says that the students loved the film, which talks about modern slavery, people who work on the farm without being paid. “And we had a debate at school about slave labor and all. They loved debating the film and did a report too.”
He says that they are very humble students, who never had access to the cinema. “So promoting culture for these boys, getting out of the classroom and having access to these things, is very educational, learning is very cool and they are more interested”, he adds. He believes that teaching is not just that classroom thing, that boring thing. “No, we can have other types of knowledge and learning. And culture is also knowledge, a country without culture won’t go far, we have to value national cinema and encourage people who don’t have access, so that they can actually go, and create ways to have access to culture”, he concludes.
Emanuelly Carollina Oliveira, 17 years old, third year student at CED 04 in Taguatinga Norte, really enjoyed the experience. “It gave the opportunity to students who often don’t have the financial means, or even time to go to the movies, and be able to enjoy it with their colleagues, and learn at the same time. Because it also provides teachers with activities related to the film, and that’s really cool,” she said.
Children aged 4 to 6 had fun watching “Peixonauta – O Filme”, by Kiko Mistrorigo, Célia Catunda and Rodrigo Eba, and with “Gemini 8”, by Célia Catunda and Kiko Mistrorigo. For the 7-9 age group, the film chosen was “Tainá – The Origin”. Students aged 10 to 12 watched “Turma da Mônica – Laços”, by Daniel Rezende, and the animation “Tito and the Birds”, by Gustavo Steinberg, André Catoto and Gabriel Bitar, winner of the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prix for best animation. The 13-year-olds’ groups were left with “Pureza”, by Renato Barbieri, “O Outro Lado do Paraíso”, by André Ristum, and “Cora Coralina – All Lives”.
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