DOKKINO – Documentary Film Event for Children and Youth
DOKKINO is a national documentary film event for children and youth organised by DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival.
The aim of the event is to introduce primary and secondary school children to the world of creative documentary films made specifically with those age groups in mind. The event also provides an all-inclusive learning package for media interpretation and critique.
DOKKINO travels around Finland in several cities throughout the year showing the best documentary films for children and youth. It also organises workshops and discussion groups.
DOKKINO is an easy way for teachers to broaden their existing media education programs. A full ready-to-use educational package is offered for teachers to assist with the film-going experience. This educational package allows teachers to discuss any issues or themes brought on by the films with the pupils at school after the screening. It also introduces pupils to documentary filmmaking as an art form.
The package consists of series of varied exercises designed to help understanding of the viewing experience, all linked to the respective films. The main aim of the educational package is to raise media awareness among young people and emphasize the importance of media literacy.
DOKKINO offers school kids a chance to experience high quality documentary films, unavailable to them elsewhere. The films for the event are chosen for both their media educational and socio educational merit.
Some of the films can be controversial and the educational package is designed to help teachers to confront these issues with the pupils. All the films are shown during school hours and for the most part, the event is free of charge for the pupils.
In addition to film screenings, DOKKINO arranges discussion groups and workshops. The discussion groups are organised in co-operation either with filmmakers or a social workers who will discuss about the films with the school class after screening. These discussions focus on the work process and theme of the film in question, but also move further to appreciate the use of documentary film as an influential media.
The filmmaking workshops allow pupils to try filmmaking first hand with the aid of professional filmmakers. Pupils design, write, direct, shoot and edit their films on their own as far as possible. DOKKINO also organises educational workshops for teachers.
DOKKINO has been an organised event since 2003. In 2012 the event will tour Finland and visit at least eight cities throughout the country. The tour will be launched in Helsinki during DocPoint Festival in January. After that, the tour will commence during the spring in Oulu, Pori and Jyväskylä. In the autumn there will be additional dates in Vantaa, Espoo, Turku and Tampere.
DOKKINO 2012: Each and everyone unique
Everyone is unique. The question of difference has become more important in the recent years due to globalization and increasing immigration.
The films that are seen at DOKKINO this year approach the topic of individuality and tolerance in many ways. We get to meet children and youngsters from around the world. In one way or another, they have all experienced feelings of beings different or alienated.
All DOKKINO films are subtitled in Finnish.
DOKKINO is supported by Ministry of Education and Culture and Arts Council of Finland. Cooperating partner of DOKKINO is Plan International.