WITH MORNING HEARTS
This film focuses on a group of twelve-year-olds during their first year in one of the "houses" for new boys. The film concerns their attachment to the house but, more importantly, their attachment to one another in a communal life. It follows, in particular, the experiences of one boy and several of his close associates, from their initial homesickness, to their life as members of the group, to their separation from the house at the end of the year. The title is taken from a school prayer:
Call us up with morning faces
"Brings the viewer into the intimate world of adolescent boys from a variety of backgrounds, discovering and constructing themselves as they are being trained to become the future leaders of India. This is an extraordinary film for understanding how young men are being formed in everyday cultural practices and social aesthetics that reflect contemporary India as well as its colonial past. Made with extraordinary insight, sensitivity, and understated humour, this exquisitely made film - created by one of the leading figures in ethnographic documentary - is of great value for those hoping to communicate everyday realities about India, about education, about masculinity, and about film itself." - Professor Faye Ginsburg, Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History, New York University.
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