Primary school children turned the Ukranian folk tale into an animated film
Photography: Outi Pyhäranta
Translation: Heidi Hietaniemi
Johanna Niittymäki and Katri Virtanen are moving a black, embroidered mitten across the white snow. Ly Dat Quynh handles the remote control of the camera to capture the mitten falling. We are witnessing the making of an cutout animation based on the Ukrainian folk tale ”The Mitten”.
A story from abroad
The class 4C of Ahvenisjärvi primary school has spent the last month preparing their short film. They have put up a puppet show, drawn the animation characters and the backgrounds and also got aqcuainted with Russian clothes and items.
Their teacher Sinikka Lahti was enthused by the ”Stories from around the world” -project since she has many immigrant children in her class.
The idea of the project is to have multicultural groups of children create animated films based on a folk tale from one group member’s home country. The two Russian girls in Sinikka Lahti’s class inspired her to suggest a folk tale from Ukrain.
”This was fun!”
Katri and Johanna tell that they have had great fun filming the animation, and they wouldn’t mind doing more animations, Harry Potter for example.
The children have also expanded their cultural knowledge of Russia.
”They have nicer clothes than I expected”, says Jani Isomäki.
”It is easier to understand Russian stories now”, states Sonja Savolainen.
Amicably in the Mitten
The mitten is starting to be packed with animals as the story goes on.
The moral seems to be that no one should be left out... at least as long as it is safe in the mitten.
Animations based on Syrian, Spanish, Brasilian and Columbian folk tales, made at Finnish kindergartens, are shown at the Film Festival workshop screening on Friday 5, at 4 p.m.
Festival News, Wednesday 3 March 2004