BOL CHILD aspires to capture and amplify the voices, expressions and imagination of children, through content made for them, by them. BOL CHILD is a non profit organization registered U/s 25 of the Companies Act. BOL CHILD has acquired the 12AA and 80G Certificates from the Indian government for tax rebate to any donors.
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BOL, a not-for-profit based in India, founded in 2010, holds a vision of engaging community children/youth in/with art, training them to raise their voices through animation films,picture books and music and thus, empowering them to share their own stories through the powerful medium of art.
Thus, BOL stands for COMMUNITY STORYTELLING.
The main objective of BOL is to expose, engage and empower children and youth with the robust tool of filmmaking for social awareness, problem solving and cognitive training. Similarly, the picture books created by BOL share indigenous stories in indigenous illustration styles. The projects are usually executed through a Masterclass ranging from 1 day to 2 months depending on the requirements of the project/funder and engagement with the participants.
The ‘Community Storytelling’ is achieved through designed Masterclasses. Every Masterclass demands an unique approach, critical thinking and informed designing of the workshop modules.
The masterclass modules are designed and customised keeping the context in mind. The context is guided by the space where the stories belong, the backgrounds of community youth participating in the workshop and the sensibilities of the audience for whom the films are targeted. Which makes each of our every project unique.
The children and youth have made films on deforestation as in ‘Van-de-Mataram’, issues on child trafficking as in ‘Born Free’, right to education for all in ‘Draw Your Rights’ and challenges of rural India in ‘Kowar Katha’.
Our recent project titled, ‘Stand Up for Women, Stand Up for Peace’ entails making a series of animated documentaries on gender based violence (GBV) specially on the sensitive topic of ‘Rape as a War Weapon’ conducted at Myanmar. The project was produced by Yangon Film School, Myanmar.
Another series of animated documentaries titled ‘Of Peaceful Days’, based on a book by the same name, portrays stories of friendship between different religious groups in Myanmar. We also explored the local folk tales like ‘The Talking Parrot’ and ‘Catch Me if You Can’.