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Children’s Films Bring Children’s Dreams
by Shelly Schoeneshoefer

If you want to attend  the Berlinale and don’t have a clue what to see, a sure bet is to go to the  Generation Section. If you read that this is the children’s section, you might  think that you don’t want to see a kid’s film, but I can assure you that you  should go. This section is not just kid’s films, but about seeing the world  from a child’s perspective. The director of this program Maryanne Redpath  always has a challenging collection of films that really push the borders,  where you might see a film on a child bride, children in the middle of a war,  or even a child who wants to make a dream come true. The films are always  surprising and done in a way that expresses the inner spirit of a young  person’s world.

 In two children's film this year the color pink plays a pivotal role  where something new is about to change. The Swedish film Siv Sleeps Astray (Siv Sover Visle), directed by Catti Edfeldt and  Lena Hanno Clyne, transports us into Siv's (Astrid Lindgren) world. She is a  seven-year-old about to be confronted with something new, strange and  different. We observe her in her safe home environment in the countryside. The  colors are subdued almost to a point of grey. We see her attending school where  usually unexpected things can happen. The wild red-headed girl Cerisia,( Lilly  Brown) in a beautiful fluffy pink coat struts onto the playground with such  confidence that the other kids are taken aback by her presence. The coat really  stands out as a symbol of the unknown, but at the same time it is pleasing to  the eye. Although at first Siv appeared to be shy, she has the spunk to take on  this stranger as a new friend.  She even  agrees to spend the night at this strange new girl's house, a new experience  for her: the first time she has spent the night away from home. The apartment  has a bold style filled with unusual designer objects. The family behaves  completely differently with a new set of rules. Siv is surprised that people  are allowed to act so differently. The most traumatizing moment in the film is  the act of going to bed. She becomes agitated and Cerisia doesn’t help or  understand the problem. In fact she exasperates it by making Siv sleep on the  mattress on the floor instead of in the bed where her mother put her first. Siv  is afraid to sleep because she knows things happen in the dark. This night  starts out with crazy animated creatures, wallpaper that moves and doorways  that open new passage ways. But by the end of the night she has become more  courageous and is ready to deal with Cerisia on her own level. Every child has  to learn to deal with the unknown and conquer fears.

In the Kurdish film Rauf by Baris Kaya and Soner Caner, the  eleven-year old boy falls for a young woman, Zana, whose father is a carpenter.  Rauf’s world is tough. There is war and he has now dropped out of school and  has to take on the apprenticeship with the carpenter, who has a daughter much  older than Rauf. That still doesn’t deter him from showing her his affection.  He tries in his childish way to get close to her and asks if she would like  something from the market. She replies she would love a scarf that is pink and  has flowers on it. This sends him on a quest for the color pink, a strange  color, which everyone seems to know about except him, which nobody can seem to  describe to him, which is quite frustrating. In the background there are rumors  of war. He sees that she often receives letters, which he perceives as love  letters, but, one day, she is gone and her father is left grieving. By the time  Rauf realizes that the color pink represents flowers in bloom, he has grown up  to understand love and loss. This anti-war film, which takes a look war though  the eyes of children and how they try to create a secure world around them  where they can hold off the tough realities of life. Both films use color to  show how beautiful life can be even if it lasts only for a moment, like a  flower in full bloom before the season begins to change.