Kids on the Silk Road (episodes 1, 2 & 5)

Børnene på Silkevejen / Silkkitien lapset (alakoulu)

Denmark 2017
In Mongolian, Kyrgyz and Bengali with Finnish subtitles
65 min
For audiences aged 7 and above
Director: Jens Pedersen
Screenplay: Jens Pedersen
Production: Maria Stevnbak Westergren / Toolbox Film
Print Source: Autlook Filmsales

"Kids on the Silk Road" is a series of documentaries for children aged 10-12 about their peers living in the ancient Silk Road countries in Central and South East Asia. In this screening there will be 3 episodes of the series.

Kids on the Silk Road 1: Girl Against Gravity
Erdenchimeg has her mind set on becoming a famous contortionist – a speciality of Mongolian acrobats. Her team at the circus school is invited to become part of a prestigious show on the parliament square. But suddenly Erdenchimeg seems incapable of managing her exercise. The prospect of becoming the 'odd one out' on her team is all the more frightening because her dad is imprisoned, her mother is a former drunk and Erdenchimeg was only admitted to the circus school as an act of good will. Not just her own dreams, but also the dignity of her family is at stake. But in the end she finds her inner strength and pulls through.

Kids on the Silk Road 2: Horse Fever
Daniar (12) lives on a farm in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. He loves animals -­- and horses most of all. One day his father presents him with a young wild stallion that he get’s to keep if he can tame it. Daniar is overjoyed and takes the challenge but the horse has a bad temper. A dramatic incidence happens where his brother is kicked in the head of Daniar’s horse so it has to be put down. Daniar looses his beloved horse and promise himself to teach his new horse harder.

Kids on the Silk Road 5: Life Is a Beach
Javed has already moved from home and lives on the beach with his good friend Shahidul outside Bangladesh. Javed has dropped out of 2nd grade because his teacher was beating him. He now makes a living together with Shahidul by giving people massage on the beach so he can afford food and to surf. Javed both skates and surfs as much as he can. There is a big surf competition coming up that he wants to win. But his mother wants him to move back home, so he can make money for the family. At the same time his surfing teacher pushes him to go back to school. What should he do? He almost wins the surf contest and afterwards comes to the conlusion with his best friend and surfing teacher that he will go back to school and that it is alright as long as his mum will respect that he continues to surf in his spare time.

Please note that the films are in Mongolian, Kyrgyz and Bengali with Finnish subtitles only.