Peru – "Gift us your story": a short film competition

01 June 2018

(ANS - Lima) - Young people today express themselves with images: a few years ago it was unthinkable that a child or an adolescent could produce a short film, let alone a feature film, but today young people, the so-called digital natives, are able to produce videos or films of profound and moving content, and be constructive in their critique.

"Regálanos tu historia" (Give or gift us with your story) is the first short film competition organized by the Salesian Province of Peru through the Salesian production house "TVP". A national level competition, the aim is to stimulate creativity, critical skills and commitment to ideals on the part of young people, but above all, it wants to motivate them to be the protagonists of their own stories.

The competition is aimed at young creatives from all the Salesian centers in Peru. The participants were called to express, in an original way and with inspirational messages, the theme of the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 entitled: "Lord, give me this water (Jn 4:15). We cultivate the art of listening and accompanying."

The words "Cultivating", "Listening" and "Accompanying" constitute the central axis of the Strenna 2018, its starting point the accompaniment and the ability to exercise the art of listening. "For this reason," explains Salesian Brother Cristian Becerra, Provincial Delegate for Social Communication, "we want young people to make the Strenna theirs, that they understand and share it, the Salesian proposals and even the shorts, through their own experience."

The phase of collecting and evaluating the short films ended on May 13 and five finalists were presented.

"El gesto", a short film by Ebert Efrain Gamarra Huaycochea, from the Salesian school in Cusco, presents in a captivating manner, via fictional characters, the need for small gestures in family life. "A single gesture can make a big change" is the final message of the video.

A second short film was presented, "Fuente de esperanza", by Fernando Marcelo Vera Cabrera, also from Cusco; the third film is by Renzo Moreno Quino, from the "Rosenthal de la Puente" school in Magdalena del Mar. A fourth proposal is titled "Nuovo Don Bosco", the work of Ricardo Campana Moscoso, of the Salesian institute in Cusco. The fifth short film is presented by Adrián Unda Vivanco, from the Salesian school "San Francisco de Sales" in Lima, entitled: "Sharing among friends."

Teenagers and young people today think more with images, than with words, and what they know how to do best is to tell stories.


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