S4C with Kidzdream in Senegal
S4C is still in Dakar, Senegal at the World Social Forum 2011 with Antonio Marcello. We are here with our partner, Stefano Scialotti, founder of the project KIDZDREAM . Stefano is travelling the World mapping kids dreams as a way to open new communication channels with kids all over the World and – possibly – to trace down a pattern.
Children: Their eyes, their gestures, their smiles, the sound of their voices, the story of their dreams.
These are experiences that director Stefano Scialotti wants to tell the world through the project Kidz Dream.
Stefano is in Senegal. Today, February 10, 2011, Shoot4change and Stefano are at the elementary school “Keur Mor Ndiave,” a two-hour drive from Dakar. We are sustained by a representative of the project World Food Programme (WFP), which operates in the same school bringing subsistence food for students.
The experience is profound. Stefano, in addition to being a great professional, is able to enthuse and to involve his subjects, and in a very short time establish a relationship with them.
He has made his interviews and he has sung to the children, aged between 8 and 12 years in their language, Wolof.
All videos will be posted on Kidzdream, the official website of the project.
Why dreams? The answer on the project website:
1) The strength and the synthesis of the things told by the children in front of a camera are remarkable. Their words and how they formulate their thoughts, facial expressions, gestures, provide a , unique and “childish” communication. This, however, is provided that the children feel at ease; that is, outside of any formal and cultural superstructure imposed by schools, by parents or by the structures of the media.
2) The ideas of “real” children are a unique antidote against stereotypes and platitudes. Even when they repeat the stereotypes of the adult world they do so with an unconscious and inevitable ironic detachment and spontaneous honesty that creates a distance and a healthy respect for distorting their world as they see it.
The children – aged 6 to 12 years – were very happy to tell their dreams and they remembered them with great detail. Not only that, they spoke in a more elevated manner than they normally did. They outlined stories and complex situations in clear and, as far as possible with dream material, exhaustive detail.
Hence the importance of finding a way to let children tell their dreams. But, we felt that television was not in this case the best way to present these dreams. The project has remained the idle until now when it has an opportunity to bring these dreams to life through the Internet.