Power to the Children

a film by Anna Kersting

Power to the Children

2017 | 87:00 min

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In India, children have started to take control of their lives by setting up children’s parliaments. We show how, together, they can make a difference – with astonishing determination, courage and creativity.

They no longer want to tolerate social grievances and environmental pollution. They campaign against child marriage, child labour and domestic violence. They fight for better infrastructure and a cleaner environment. Children in India have taken their lives into their own hands and started to set up children’s parliaments. They elect their own ministers, write petitions and organise demonstrations to raise awareness of their cause. We follow Shaktivel, Swarna, Sri and many other children in India who are changing not only their own lives for the better, but also those of the people in their communities. With a theatre play and a petition, for example, they draw the attention of adults to the problem of alcoholism in many local families. But they also call for a reduction in plastic waste in their environment. By organising themselves, they learn how democracy works and discover that together they can make a difference. From the perspective of the children, the film highlights the challenges they face in a society that expects children to follow the example of adults. We see how these children have opted to pursue a new path – with astonishing determination, courage and creativity.
Leeds young people's film festival - UK
International childen's rights film festival Bursa - Turkey
Open Eyes - International Human Rights filmfestival Nuremberg - Germany
International Documentary filmfestival Osnabrück - Germany
International filmfestival Manheim Heidelberg - Germany
Children's filmfestival Cinepänz Köln - Germany
UN Global festival if action Bonn - Germany
International children film festival Kerala - India
Human Rights Film festival Berlin - Germany
Festival of Documentary Film for Human Rights - Kyrgyzstan
Guth Gafa International Film Festival - Ireland
Weyauwega International Film Festival - USA
Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth New Delhi - India
Cast and Crew
  • Director Anna Kersting
  • Producer Manickam Yogeswaran, Anna Kersting
  • Director of Photography Ratheesh Ravindran
  • Line producer Jörg Langer
  • Editor Katharina Fiedler
  • Sound Amrith Shankar
  • Sound Design Johannes Kunz, Denis Elmaci
  • Digital Colorist Felix Trolldenier (Grading)
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