The Westport Cultural Council will host its seventh annual film series on three consecutive Wednesdays this summer - August 15, 22, and 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm. The film series, free and open to the public, is made possible through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust. It will be held at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA.
This year, the Council presents three documentary films with the theme “CHILD POWER” highlighting stories of amazing children’s lives and their powerful achievements. Each film will be introduced by a guest speaker or demonstration, with a question and answer period to follow each showing.
Wednesday August 15, 2018. "LADIES FIRST" Directed by: Uraaz Bahl, 2018, 39 Min.|"Girls belong at home not on the sports field. Sports are only for boys. Girls should cook, look after their home and raise their children, that's their role." Born amid poverty, cultural taboos and limited women's rights in the village of Ratu, India, Deepika Kumari rose to become the number 1 female archer in the world at age18. She faced all odds to follow her dream in a land where girls don't come first and opened the door for those to follow.
Our guest speaker is Hana Tabit, an archer whose competitive travels have taken her across country to national tournaments to include participating in the 2015 Olympic Trials which led up to the 2016 Olympics. Hana will provide a brief demonstration of Olympic archery and the beautiful equipment associated with it describing her experiences of some of the challenges a young woman in fierce competition for a chance at Olympic gold can face.
Wednesday August 22, 2018. “CHILDREN FULL OF LIFE” Directed by Noboru Kaetsu 2003, 48 Min. Narration in English with English sub-titles.
Mr. Kanamori, a 4th grade teacher in a Kanazawa primary school northwest of Tokyo not only teaches children how to be students but how to be happy and care for each other. Through lessons in teamwork, community, the importance of openness and how to cope, these students learn to live a happy life. An amazing, forward thinking teacher, Kanamori understands what teaching children really is all about.
Our guest speaker is Chieko Ashidaka. Born and educated in Japan, Ms. Ashidaka will discuss the teaching methods demonstrated in this film with Japanese education in general.
Wednesday August 29, 2018. “MAD HOT BALLROOM” Directed by Marilyn Agrelo, 2005, 1 hr & 45min.
Students from over 60 New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and dream of winning in a city-wide competition. They learn more about each other than just steps and their teachers feel the same urge to win "that giant trophy"! Perseverance with rhythm makes this a delightful lesson on learning and teaching.
Joining us will be Swansea's Arthur Murray Dance Center's young adult dancers. They will put a little fun in your life with ballroom dancing techniques.