THE CHILDREN OF ASIA ON BOARD OF A UNIQUE CINEMA BUS

A mobile cinema – or the cinema bus – has been operating for the participants of the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games for 6 days, while it was based in the territory of Sinegorie Mineral Waters Health Retreat. Documentaries, family dramas, and, of course, films about sports were featured.

– The largest audience came to ‘Ice’ Russian film, – says the senior technician of the mobile cinema, Mr. Alexander ZORIN, – the viewers came out teary-eyed and very grateful. They liked the film. It should be noted that our mini screening hall has the same comfort and quality as large cinemas in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

On the final day of the program, the athletes were told and shown a film about Sakhalin native minorities. A short film ‘The Nivkhs: Living by Water’s Edge’ was presented by Ms. Olga HURYUN. Olga, one of 5,000 living Nivkhs, proudly talked about her people and her small homeland – the Nivkh village of Nekrasovka. She also told the children about Ainu and Uilta and showed a national costume.

– I’m not in this film, but now my uncle and aunt are on the screen, – says Ms. HURYUN, a senior expert of the Sakhalin Regional Folk Art Center, –they still speak their native language, practice fishing, and play ethnic instruments. While I am based in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and my mission is to raise awareness. And I am very glad to have such an opportunity. It is important to know the history of your homeland, or the history of the place you’re visiting. The Accesible Cinema Project has been functioning on Sakhalin for over two years. Inside the cinema bus there is a spacious cinema with three rows of soft chairs and a screen. The capacity of this wheeled cinema is 67 seats. In course of operation, the cinema bus traveled all over Sakhalin and arranged film screenings in the most remote and inaccessible areas of the island.