Monday, November 16, 2015

Invite: Fri-20-Nov, Baner, Pune: Summerhill Movie Screening @World School of Happiness

World School of Happiness, Baner, Pune
cordially invites you to a community screening of

Date: Friday, 20 November 2015
Time : 6.30pm onwards (1 hr 48 mins movie with a half-time break, and followed by informal sharing)
Venue: Hriday Kunj - World School of Happiness. Blw no. 39/3, Girme Park, behind Yogi park, Off Mumbai Pune bypass road, Baner, Pune-45
See Map | Call for directions (before screening time!) : Nikhil, 966-583-1250

About the movie:
Summerhill school, UK is the oldest children's democracy in the western world, having birthed the concept of students irrespective of age voting for taking decisions that affect them (including rules, finances and hiring/firing of staff).

"The function of the child is to live his own life, not the life that his anxious parents think he should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educator who thinks he knows best." - A.S.Neill, founder of Summerhill school

Imagine a school where you don't have to go to lessons, you make all the rules yourself and climbing trees and building boats are definitely part of the curriculum. That school exists. It's called Summerhill and it has been there for almost a century.

Maddy and Ryan attend Summerhill and find it changes them in ways they would never imagine. But then when Ofsted Inspectors decide the school must close, Maddy and Ryan join forces with staff and pupils in a battle that goes to the very heart of the UK Government. Written by Alison Hume and directed by Jon East, Summerhill aired as a 4-part drama series on BBC in 2008 and won two BAFTA awards, and many of the school's pupils have acted in it. Based on a true story, Summerhill is an enchanting drama that will captivate the whole family.

Looking forward to your wonderful presence and watching and discussing this inspiring movie together! Please RSVP to Nikhil on nikhil.js[at] or 9665831250 by Friday 12pm if you're coming, and if possible, bring some snacks we can all share while watching!

More links to explore:
A Beacon of Hope: Summerhill (Article written by Arvind Gupta)
That Dreadful Educationalist: Answering A.S.Neill's Critics -  Essay by John Potter
Summerhill school and the do-as-yer-like kids (Guardian article on 90 yr anniversary and having inputs from various alumni)

About last week's screening (Billions in Change):
A big thank you to our friends new and old who joined us last Friday for Billions in Change! We had a lively discussion and sharing after the screening, not limited to the film itself but covering so many aspects in sustainability and wellbeing. In addition to the wonderful work showcased in the movie, it was great to learn about so many ongoing wonderful initiatives by various people working quietly to mitigate problems and create a beautiful world.

We're starting a weekly movie screening at World School of Happiness.. If you would like to suggest a name for this event or a movie to screen then please leave a comment or email Nikhil on nikhil.js[at] .

See you this Friday!

-World School of Happiness Team

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