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One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train

Cien Niños Esperando un Tren
1988 / 55m - Chile
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A documentary about the wonders of cinema, seen through the eyes of a group of about 100 Chilean kids who've never watched a film before. Each Saturday to go to a class where they learn about the technical background, about genres and actors. They watch and ultimately create their personal film.

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I'm not a big fan of art praising art, so this documentary wasn't really for me. I do like the initiative, it's nice to give these kids a chance to see something more of the world, but that doesn't make it necessarily fun to watch them do it, not does it mean that cinema is the best way to do it.

In the end, there's not much of a point to this film. There's a million ways to stimulate kids' creativity, the focus on the history of cinema is something that would've irked me no end when I was a kid and the things that the kids have to say aren't all that interesting. But if you need something that tells you cinema is wholesome and good for humanity, you can't go wrong with this one.