Film Turns Focus on Child Abuse

To Be Or Not To Be’ launch at Bhavalayam event held in Muscat
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A short film on incidents of child abuses across the world was launched in Muscat….reports Asian Lite News

To Be Or Not To Be’  launch at Bhavalayam event held in Muscat
To Be Or Not To Be’ launch at Bhavalayam event held in Muscat

As the world marks the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare, Bard is inspiring young film makers.  A short film on child abuse titled ‘To Be Or Not To Be,’  directed by Kabeer Yousuf received rave reviews of experts from the industry. The 45-minute-film, aimed at participating at regional as well as international contests, is produced by Bhavalaya- a non-profit global platform for promotion of art & culture, under the patronage of Dr J. Retnakumar. It was launched as part of BHAVALAYAM , a fusion of dance and music where renowned film director KK Rajeev was honoured.

 

Children are manifestations of innocence, love and purity. However, exposing them to the hatred, violence and intolerance that engulf the world today can have disastrous consequences for the future. This is the debut of Kabeer Yousuf a renowned journalist in Oman, who was also the first correspondent for Asianet TV channel, now owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India, . He was exposed to cinema as assistant director to film makers like Shashimohan.

To Be Or Not To Be’  launch at Bhavalayam event held in Muscat
To Be Or Not To Be’ launch at Bhavalayam event held in Muscat

“We are aiming the global audience with this movie that spread awareness on protecting our children”, Kabeer Yousuf said. The film is inspired by the brutal killings of children in Gaza, Pakistan, female foeticide in India and the recent Unicef revelation that more than 4,000 kids are orphaned in Ebola-hit West Africa.

‘To Be Or Not To Be delves into the relevant and pertinent theme through the eyes of a visually challenged young boy Ali.

The movie comprises an ensemble cast of actors with the lead role of Ali played by Rabah Zayed bin Kabeer. Veteran theatre person Girija Baqer is in the role of Ali’s grandmother while the graceful Azra Aleem, a Pakistani national dons the greasepaint as the mother while Dr J Retnakumar portrays the role of a child psychiatrist. Talib al Balushi, an Omani national makes his presence felt as a representative of the fading postman.

Cinematography is done by Sathyadas while editing is done by Seekko Thomas, sound by Jojo Mavathra. Background score is done by Sunil Bhasker of Kozhikode.

 

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