I Am Kalam

Director(s): Nila Madhab Panda
Country: India
Language: Hindi w/ English subtitles
Live Action | 2010 | 87 min
Genre: Drama
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: Strong child discipline.)

A true-to-life film about fulfilling potential and overcoming destiny, “I am Kalam” has touched hearts across India and worldwide. Chhotu, a bright yet impoverished Rajasthani boy, dreams of gaining an education while he works at a roadside cafe. When he hears an inspirational message from President Kalam, he changes his name to Kalam and commits to studying independently whenever he can. He befriends a local prince, but the two must fraternize in secret. Through their forbidden friendship and a case of misjudged intentions, Kalam struggles to find his place and tries to meet the president. A heartwarming narrative, “I Am Kalam” speaks not only to the dreams of many uneducated children in India but to anyone who has dared to seek a better life for himself.

Official Website: http://www.iamkalam.com
Ale Kino International Film Festival 2010, International Jury Special Mention; Barbican London Children’s Film Festival 2010, Audience Favourite Award; Cinekid 2010, Special Jury Mention; Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2010, Audience Awards; International Film Festival of India 2010, Young Jury Award; Lucas International Film Festival 2010, Best Feature Film, Don Quixote Prize; Minsk International Film Festival 2010, Best Actor; Montreal International Children’s Film Festival 2011, People’s Choice

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