Every year, the festival offers special film screenings for the upper classes of elementary schools and all classes of high school. This year, a record number of 30 schools signed up for the screenings. This means that over 3700 students and teachers will flock festival theater The Cinemas on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April 2017.
Groups 6 through 8 of elementary schools will visit the animated fable The Red Turtle. The film is the first international cooperation of the Japanese Studio Ghibli and directed by the Dutch-British Michael Dudok de Wit.
Together with Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao of Carmabi (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity), a lesson plan was set up with information about the film with a focus on man’s relation with nature and the importance of nature conservation in particular the sea turtle population in the waters surrounding Curaçao.
The inspiring documentary Landfill Harmonic will screen for high school students. In one of South America’s poorest neighborhoods, adjacent to a landfill, where an ordinary violin or a flute is more expensive than the average home, the children are forced to play instruments created from the waste the orchestra members find at the gigantic landfill. The films tells the moving story of this group of children. The accompanying lesson plan aims to motivate youth to consider waste management and recycling.