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Children Who Draw

Japan, 1956 (MIFF 1960, Films and the Child)

Director: Susumi Hani

How children think, feel and develop is the general subject of this fascinating film of Japanese primary school children observed during an entire year. In particular, the film is a sustained study of the art activities of first grade children in a Tokyo school under the expert guidance of a sensitive and understanding teacher. We follow selected chil­dren of different personalities in their customary individual and group activity within the class, the play time, and at home.

The children are unaware they have been photo­graphed. A fresh, charming naturalness has been achieved by the film production team of educators and film-makers through the use of hidden or telephoto lens cameras and other techniques.

This film makes valuable contributions to formal and informal education because it demonstrates effective teaching methods and shows how children can be helped to express themselves. The film received the Educational Award at the Venice Film Festival.

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