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Reel issues debated through top children’s film festival

By Paul Ainsworth

WELLINGTON college pupils have taken part in an educational outreach programme ahead of this year’s Cinemagic festival.

The annual celebration of film for young people is holding a ‘Reel Issues for Youth’ project, bringing debates on cinema and guest speakers to schools across the North.

In the Carolan Road school one of the classrooms was recently transformed into a mini-cinema for the day, with a screening of a film on community relations and a talk from filmmaker Mal Marken.

This was followed by a debate on community integration, sparked by the ideas in the film. Gareth Wright from Phoenix Gas, who sponsored the programme said: “We are delighted to support this project and it was great to see the passion the youngsters showed when it came to discussing the importance of improving community relations both at a local level and worldwide.”

The Cinemagic festival begins on November 16.


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