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Teen Group: Learn using Rare Movies

Teen Group: Learn using Rare Movies

This group uses thought-provoking and rare cinema to explore intricate emotions, spark conversation and nurture emotional intelligence among teens in a fun and engaging way.

Starts within next 3 months

8 Zoom sessions | 8 Movies/Themes

Small group, 6-10 teens

Every Wednesday | 8 PM - 9:15 PM IST | 75 minutes

Led by Naveen Vasudevan

Early Bird Fee (at 50% off) - INR 2000 for India-based participants | INR 3200 for participants outside India

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Goals of the Group

Through guided discussions prompted by film screenings, the group will create an interactive space for teens to reflect on the evoked emotions, facilitating a collective learning experience that contributes to the development of their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. The key goals of the group are:

1. Emotionally Insightful Exploration:
Participants get immersed in a cinematic journey covering various emotional themes, fostering a profound exploration of feelings and reactions that enhances their emotional insight and self-awareness.

2. Nurturing Emotional Intelligence:
By using diverse movies as thought-provoking probes, the group will cultivate emotional intelligence in teens, helping them decipher, articulate, and navigate their emotions while encouraging empathy and a deeper understanding of others.

List of Movies:

Among the 12 rare films listed, 8 will be chosen based on group preferences for discussion during the sessions. Participants are provided access to these movies to watch before the respective sessions

Whale Rider (2002)

New Zealand | A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. | The film was named on the BFI List of the 50 Films You Should See By the Age of 14.

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

The Color of Paradise (1999)

Iran | The story of Mohammed, a blind Iranian boy and his father, Hashem, who is always oscillating between accepting his son as he is and abandoning him, as he represents a burden for him, after the loss of his wife.

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Spirited Away (2001)

Japan | During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches and spirits, a world where humans are changed into beasts. Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

UK | Seven-year-old Josh Waitzkin is a chess prodigy in the making. He trains under Bruce Pandolfini, a ruthless instructor, who tries to make him more like chess wizard Bobby Fischer.

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) 

Australia | In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Hachi-ko-Monogatari (1987)

Japan | The film depicts the true story ofHachikō, a loyal Akita dog who continued to wait for his owner, ProfessorHidesaburō Ueno, to return from work for nine years following Ueno's death.

IMDB Rating: 8/10

Eagle Huntress (2016)

Australia | Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress | BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Children of Heaven (1997)

Iran | After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

 White Balloon (1995)

Iran | Several people try to take advantage of a little girl's innocence to hustle money her mom gave to her to buy a goldfish with.The Guardian has listed this film as one of the 50 best family films of all time.

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)

Iran | Eight-year-old Ahmed has mistakenly taken his friend Mohammad's notebook. He wants to return it, or else his friend will be expelled from school. The boy determinedly sets out to find Mohammad's home in the neighbouring village.

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

The Music Room (1958)

India | This film by Satyajit Ray depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

12 Angry Men (1957) 

US | The film tells the story of a jury of 12 men as they deliberate the conviction or acquittal of a teenager charged with murder on the basis of reasonable doubt

IMDB Rating: 9/10

Meet your Facilitator

Naveen Vasudevan

Naveen is a student of Yoga. Over the last 20 years, he has been engaged with the questions: “What does it mean to live meaningfully in today’s times?” and “How may I offer the best of myself to the Whole?”. This ongoing journey has been richly rewarding and fulfilling. He is a co-founder of Ritambhara and the founder of Aram. His interests include Evolutionary Leadership, Integral Psychology, and Process Work. He is particularly keen on working with young changemakers and those interested in bridging spirituality and social change. He loves reading, good cinema, and spending time in ‘nature’.

Movies to ignite emotional intelligence


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