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EVENTS: Call for more focus on children and youth

Saturday, 30 November 2013

DOHA: Industry representatives from around the world have underscored the need to produce more local content for children to be able to develop a clear sense of cultural identity, at the ongoing Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

“One of the most important factors today is that our children are learning only one language. This forces children to become global citizens and we are running the risk of losing touch with individual cultures and language. We need locally produced children’s content that reflects regional lives” said Sami Raffoul, CEO, Pan Arab Research Centre.

Fatma Mohamed Alloo, Board Member, Zanzibar Film Festival said, “It’s important that the content you create relates to people’s lives, youth need to create their own content”. Christine Mendoza, Director of Research and Evaluation at Education Video Centre, USA added “We need more media by youth, for youth.”

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