Ludhiana school goers have brought out a documentary film on HIV/AIDS awareness. Despite the subject being quite challenging for school kids, the attempt has been appreciated by all.
Even when the actors, technicians and director of the film Choti Si Aasha (the little hope) were not hardcore professionals, everyone was resolute to play a role for public awareness on HIV/AIDS. They spent their vacation to complete the documentary film.
Student Director, said: "The film mainly appeals people that it's the knowledge of this HIV/AIDS disease that can prevent and reduce the affect and amount of the HIV virus and disease."
Karanbeer Singh, Student cameraman, said: "From this film we learnt that AIDS does not spread by touching anyone, as by touching we can only spread love. So AIDS is not a disease spreads infection by touching."
It took four months to complete the film "Choti Si Aasha" which is about an HIV/AIDS affected girl whose parents have die of disease. Her aunt adopts the orphan girl, despite husband's objection she helps her in getting admission in a school. The moral support of aunty helps the little girl to fight HIV/AIDS.
The film was finished with the technical assistance by a Delhi-based NGO. But the major contribution in acting and production was of students of Ryan International School, Ludhiana.
Not just schoolchildren but some parents have also acted in the film to fight and spread mass awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Madame Grace Pinto, the activist and Founder Director of Ryan Foundation, said: "We have to prevent the AIDS. We really want to inform everyone and aware them about HIV/AIDS. We should not let it move into our society and ensure the affected do not die of it. The affected people also have a right to live. We want to say that all of us enjoy the same right to live but how that depends on us."
The portrayal of characters and the plight of the affected child in day to day life was something that made everyone in the packed to capacity auditorium turn emotional during the film.
The school has also approached the Punjab health ministry to show the film in other parts of the State for mass awareness.
The students, teachers and parents were all smiles that they were part of an attempt that has earned admiration of one and all.
Rajnish Bhurjee, a parent and artist, said: "I feel very proud because they worked for a very special cause and I think all the schools, should get a message from this movie. They should make such programmes, so that kids get awareness about AIDS and out country get transformed."
Amarjeet, another parent, said: "I feel great as schools have started raising such concerns, then definitely people like us will also stand-up in support of AIDS victims and will adopt them. It's an indescribable feeling."
The film appears a small but effective attempting that there is still a big hope to curb HIV/AIDS and add joy to the affected individuals through awareness.