- Posted October 20, 2013 by
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Malaika The Princess: a children short film about death
How to explain death to children? This is the question that inspired Malaika, a short film that aims to help children understand death through an endearing and moving story filled with fantasy. Its world premiere in English, French and Spanish will take place for free on November 1st, 2013 through the Internet. The film’s trailer is available to see at: http://www.luabooks.com/malaika/
Malaika is a little African girl, the princess of an elephant herd, who lives on the back of her father, Komba. During their long journey across the savannah in search of waterholes, Malaika will understand that memory is the key to the survival of the elephants.
Their trip will present them with dangerous poachers, drought and dried up waterholes, but they will also have a wonderful encounter with the sacred Baobabs, mysterious trees that grow in the savannah, upside down. Hard days arrive when Komba starts to feel his death approaching. Malaika will have to face one of life’s most difficult challenges and lessons.
About the production
After winning the Crea Digital 2013 grant from the Colombian Minister of Culture and Minister of Information Technology and Communications, and being nominated for the Colombia en línea (Colombia online) award for their production of “The Bird of a Thousand Songs”, Lizardo Carvajal and Juan Saab are presenting their premiere in audiovisual production, Malaika.
The small production team has Lizardo Carvajal as the author and Juan Saab as the technical director. As with their previous productions, Malaika present impressive photography and a creative story. There is also a team of professionals working on the musical production, translation and teaching materials for the film.
The story will be offered as a short film to being and will later be developed as a Book App for iPad, Android and computers.
Malaika is being made with support from thousands of people around the world who donate $1 and up through Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luabooks/malaika-the-princess-a-childrens-short-film-about.
The project is currently receiving donations through this website in order to continue with its production.