Magic Lantern Rustavi & Zugdidi, Georgia
Since summer 2013 CCFYD has also been supporting two film clubs: in the industrial town of Rustavi near Tiflis and in Zugdidi, west Georgia. In total 500 children have benefitted from this film education which is run on the model of the internationally recognized Magic Lantern which has its headquarters in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
The film club is for children between the ages of 6 and 12 with the aim of introducing them to the pleasures of the cinema. Club members receive an illustrated club newsletter which invites them to a film appropriate to their age group. They receive an introduction before the viewing, which engages the children in dialogue and highlights the film’s special features and scenic representation of the story.
This unique concept enables children to discover cinema as an art form and makes them aware of its artistic elements, including music, theatre and literature. The film clubs thus help maintain the cinema and also educate tomorrow’s generation to a critical awareness of image and music.