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Paris kids' film festival breaks down generational barriers

By Rosslyn Hyams

Cinema can break down the barriers between generations. Mon Premier Festival, or My First Festival opened last week with Rachid Hami's La Mélodie (The Orchestra Class) and ended last night with a classic for all ages, Jacques Tati's 1949, Jour de Fête. Both films are particularly sound-rich.

Véronique Boursier chair of the association behind the event which throws in a couple of ciné-concerts for the youngsters said, "The live music during silent films is contemporary and lots of fun. We shouldn’t forget that cinema is also about listening."

The festival jury whose members were between seven and 11 years of age, chose Danish animation film From Next Door Spy, by Karla von Bengston, the Audience Award went to Belle and Sébastien 3: the final chapter by French director Clovis Cornillac.

RFI's Rosslyn Hyams reports on this Parisian film festival that draws in locals from age 2 to 122.

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