Tue 10 May, 2016

Family film nights that shape your children’s worldview!

Using all kinds of cinema as a positive influence on our children

Jonny Mellor / #film, #PechaKucha, #talk

A couple of weeks ago, Jem (my wife) and I went to a PechaKucha night in Birmingham. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where different speakers show 20 images each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and they talk along to the images, meaning that everyone keeps it concise and to the point. The theme of the event we attended was film and Sputnik’s very own Joel Wilson had a slot.

Joel’s presentation was about how film can be used to shape a child’s worldview. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Christian talk about this before, certainly not in a talk or presentation. The rhetoric I’m familiar with would be about which films, songs, books or TV shows we should guard our children against. The idea of using art, and secular art at that, to shape our children’s worldviews and characters in a positive way was highly refreshing and provocative. Joel’s reflection on his own parents’ efforts in this regards are worth quoting:

‘In just those few early family film times… my parents were communicating that dissent was positive, that standing for truth and standing against the concensus… was honourable and worthy. You don’t have to be complicit.’

Check out the talk below and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Those who have been children (all of you I imagine), did your parents ever proactively use art to shape your worldview? Parents, how proactive are you in choosing the art your children read, listen, watch or look at to shape them positively? If any of you have any examples, please share them in the comments section.

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