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One World Film Festival: 'I Am Kalam' celebrates human spirit

In I Am Kalam, Harsh Mayar plays Chhotu, a poor boy who dreams of an education.
In I Am Kalam, Harsh Mayar plays Chhotu, a poor boy who dreams of an education. Smile Foundation

The One World Film Festival opens Sunday with the Indian film I Am Kalam.

Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, it is the story of an Indian boy, Chhotu (Harsh Mayar), who dreams of an education, something he cannot have because of his family's poverty- stricken status. Inspired by a speech by former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in which he speaks about how he got his education despite the obstacles, Chhotu begins calling himself "Kalam."

A hit in its native land, "the film celebrates the survival of the human spirit against overwhelming odds and highlights the need for underprivileged children's education," according to the festival.

In its review, the Times of India wrote, "I Am Kalam gives an important message particularly to the adult audience on how every child has a basic right for education and to live his dream."


IF YOU GO

One World Film Festival: 'I Am Kalam'

No MPAA rating. Smile Foundation. 1:28.

When: 2 and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10

Where: Central Library Farish Theater, 140 E. Main St.

Admission: Free

Learn more: (859) 266-6073, Oneworldfilmfestival.org

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