I decided to initiate a movie night in the village for a variety of reasons. First, it is a fun way to start teaching the people in the area (particularly the kids) English, as all of our movies will be English-language films. Second, it creates a great venue for broadcasting some of the public health messages that Panigram wants to disseminate to the community. And finally, it provides us with an opportunity to better connect with the people in the neighborhood.
I assigned our Social Program Coordinator, Josie, the task of making movie night happen. It wasn’t an easy assignment because there is no power in our area and I had no idea how to set up, much less create, a large, outdoor movie theater. I still don’t know how she did it, but Josie managed to acquire and test all of the equipment that we needed, including a small generator!
Because improving the public health is one of Panigram’s prime social initiatives, we decided to show a small film on the importance of hand washing at the beginning of the movie. Josie wrote, produced, filmed, and edited the clip. She also created a small clip with some vocabulary from the movie in English and Bangla.
As our first movie night came, many people in the community came to watch us set up in the school yard we arranged to use as our outdoor movie theater. Having never seen the projector in action, I was a bit nervous during the setup process, but Bipul and Josie seemed to know what they were doing as they hooked up the appropriate devices and cables.
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