On Thursday of last week English class fifth and sixth graders went with their respective teachers, Mr. Gregg and Ms. Anneli, to the Promenade Cinema to watch short films made by Finnish pupils in honour of Finland’s centenary anniversary. Below are some thoughts put together by the fifth graders and their teacher on the films .
I enjoyed the experience of going to the cinema. There were about 20 different short films created by students from around Finland. Some were better than others, and it was clear that some had really made an effort to create something unique.
The video that I enjoyed the most was called ‘Oma Tila’ and it was about having your own space. I could very much relate to this short film because I always need my own space, especially after a long day at work. We have a rule in my house where when we, (the whole family), return home from our busy days, then we all need half an hour of our own time where we can mentally unwind and relax. I also remember when I was at school that I needed some time to myself when I got home.
I also enjoyed the film about online gaming. The film showed that online gaming is a serious sport, and it also showed us that there is a somewhat negative perception of ‘gamers’ amongst some people. Gamers are often perceived as lazy, inactive people, but the truth is that one requires a great deal of skill and practice to become good at online games. Playing competitive video games activates parts of the brain that require quick reactions, planning and foresight. The short film also reminded us that just because someone plays video games, it does not necessarily mean that they don’t do other things like sports. ~Mr. Gregg
I liked that we went to Dokkino. My favourite short film was probably Own Space because I have a sister and you can’t always really have your own space because she can be really loud sometimes. And sometimes I just want to be alone or I just want space if I’m tired or I have come home from training or something like that. Last year the films were a bit better because the films were from all around the world but I still liked it this year. I think it’s important that sometimes you can have your own space. I didn’t really like the ones with the phones or the gaming stuff because I’m not really a gamer. But I think it was good that they made a film about that that kids are addicted to their phones and social media because I know that some people are always on their phones. ~ Isabel
The one that I could relate to was about the immigrants because I moved to Finland a the age of 7. I was living in Singapore before I moved to Finland. When I moved here I was learning Finnish like the immigrants. ~Ville
I related to the Own Space documentary because I live with 2 brothers and 1 sister. My brother and I have the same room and I don’t have my own space in my house. ~Luca
I enjoyed the Dokkino. I think it was fun to go there and watch short films that other classes from Finland had done. I think my favourite short film was Own Space because sometimes I just want my own space. I think the short films were better last year, but I still enjoyed all of them. The one that I did not enjoy so much was the ESports game short film because I don’t like playing video games so much. ~ Roosa
I liked the Esports one because I have always wanted to have all of that gaming stuff. And then I liked the one where was the girl that went to the sofa’s corner just to have alone time, because sometimes when I get home from school or from my swimming-practice because I just feel so tired and then I just get my phone out to relax. ~ Nea
I liked the one with the immigrants and own space because I could relate to them since I’m an immigrant myself. I need my own space sometimes, but I did enjoy all of them because they were all unique in their own way. ~Ananya
It was nice to go to the cinema and watch the Dokkino videos. This year I liked the Own Space video the most because sometimes I want to have my own space but I can’t. I think this year it was nice but last year it was better because there were videos from different countries and the quality of the video was better. ~ Adiza
I had much fun going to see the documentaries from around Finland. The one with the immigrants was my favourite Dokkino film because it relates to me the most since I moved to Finland like they did. I didn’t like the one with the smoking because it showed a bad habit of children smoking. But I did enjoy the one with the gaming (apart from the swear words) since gaming is a kind of “Lazy” sport (Car games, snowboarding games, etc.). ~ Matthew
I enjoyed going to Dokkino because I learned what is going on in the world and I want to come again. I enjoyed the one where the two boys were bullied because it happened to me in France. I didn’t like the smoking one because it bad for your health and the children had a bad attitude. ~ Matheo
I think that last year Dokkino was better. This year my favourite movie was when some person asked questions to different aged people. I liked it because one girl said that a beautiful person is a person who is themself. ~ Arttu
I liked the gaming part because I do it also and it was interesting to look at how others do that. I did not like the one where they told about the own space because I don’t need my own space. I would like to go to Dokkino again. ~Viljami
The video that stayed in my mind was the one that told about space of your own because I have siblings and sometimes I just want to be alone in my own space. The one I didn’t so much was the ones that told about football because I don’t like football that much. Even though some of the videos were a bit short, I still enjoyed Dokkino. ~ Daniela
I liked the video game film the most because I play video games. I didn’t like that the speech was all in Finnish. I enjoyed going to Dokkino. ~Tomas
I enjoyed the Dokkino. I liked Own Space because I sometimes want to be in my own space and I have siblings. All the videos were good. I did not like very much the gaming one because I don’t play games so much. ~Olivia