Goa, India – Jacinta Santamaria’s film on autism titled “It’s You Who Can Help Me Shine” won second place in the 5 minute category in the We Care International Film Festival. In association with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the festival was held at the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, UNESCO at the India International Centre.
The film played more like an inspirational music video as it used Jancinta’s own song to show one of her students with autism, Shawn D’Souza, as he strives to attend a mainstream school. As Jacinta told ZeeNews:
“It was shot over a day. The feelings of the child is narrated through the song. Shawn has been extensively shot in the video, which narrates his struggles to get into a regular school.”
The goal of the video was to raise money for more resource rooms in regular schools so students like D’Souza can attend, something the teacher thinks helps students with autism best. The film has already raised some money since it’s second prize win at the recent international film festival and she plans to use the film to raise more.
The educator told ZeeNews
“I have several plans but I will talk about them only when I really execute them,”
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