Play, no matter what!
The story begins when Ash and Jolien, a clown and a dancer, return to Rachitoasa, a town in Eastern Romania. Earlier this year they've turned an old school into a colorful community centre full of toys and a big garden. At the centre the kids can learn circus tricks, play music together, dance or just play. The theatre group brings a lot of life to the quiet town where most people live of agriculture and beekeeping. We go on an adventure with Ash and Jolien and get to know a couple of the kids along the way. As they play together the kids picture their life and fantasize about their future. Nonni, a boy who lives just across the street from the centre, has taken a trumpet home because he loves to play and he is good at it too. He practices in his room in the evenings. He is also a born actor and he and Ash have their own visual way of communicating. Alexandra is a girl who lives with her brother and grandfather, her mother abandoned them a long time ago. At the centre she can forget this and be a child. Jolien is a friend to her and someone to talk to while they make handicrafts. When winter comes, unfortunately it is time for Ash and Jolien to leave. But before they go they have planned one last event.
The power of play
This film is about the power of play. The children let go during Ash and Joliens theatre- and dance workshops and shows. Playing is freedom. Through play and music the kids can express themselves and start a journey of self-discovery. A child can change because he simply makes his voice heard or because he discovers he can play an instrument really well. But the children also learn how handle each other.
Ash and Jolien know very well where the sensitivities in the group of kids are and of every child in particular. They are really conscious when it comes to teaching the children values. Therefore, the centre is much more than a place where the children learn things about themselves, it is a school of life.
They follow their heart
And these magical processes the children go through happen because Ash and Jolien put their heart and soul in their work. I find this very beautiful and moving. They give a lot of attention to the children and they do this naturally. Ash and Jolien don’t really feel they are at work, it is their lifestyle. Another might think that what they do is hard, but that is not the way they see it, because they follow their heart.
I think people should pay real attention to, and look after each other for the other to grow and shine. Everyone needs to be taken care of, and listened to. The Romanian kids often lack these opportunities because they grow up without their parents. And this is why the work of Ash and Jolien is so life changing for these kids.
For me it is really important to make a positive film about the power and the empowerment of people. And more importantly, I want people to watch this film and make them think about the importance of the care for others in life. And how they can free themselves by following their hearts.
The money we make here will be spent on the shoot in Romania. We need money for transport, equipment and crew.
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