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The Magic Lantern Film Club for Children

The Magic Lantern – Film Club for Children in the UAE!

The Magic Lantern is an educational film club for children aged 6 to 12 under the patronage of UNESCO. It aims to inform children about the wonder and beauty of international cinema by showing some great films six times a year in a real cinema.

Each session begins with a small stage show combining elements of comedy and drama, which helps children to understand the films that follow by explaining key elements of the history, genres and techniques of cinema. The specially chosen films include classics of all periods from all over the world and of all genres.

The films are grouped into themes that will make the children laugh, dream, feel sad and every second year they are going to show a film that makes the children a little bit scared.

The Magic Lantern sessions are normally only for children. Although parents are not allowed to attend, there are always responsible adults present who ensure problem-free enjoyment of the show and who can help children in need of assistance.

Learning how to appreciate films
Before each show, The Magic Lantern members are sent a little magazine to inform them about the upcoming programme.
In the cinema, children are welcomed by presenters, chatting with them about the film and their expectations. Before the screening, a little sketch is performed highlighting certain aspects of the film’s story or of cinema history, or explaining cinematic techniques.
The Magic Lantern views children as real audience: demanding and critical, yet always ready to be amazed.

The Magic Lantern 2012 dates
• Dubai: VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Saturdays, 4pm
7 January, 11 February, 3 March & 14 April, 2012
Abu Dhabi: VOX Cinemas, Marina Mall, Saturdays, 4pm
14 January, 18 February, 10 March & 21 April, 2012
Al Ain: Grand Cineplex Cinemas, Al Ain Mall, Saturdays, 4pm
21 January, 25 February, 17 March & 28 April, 2012

Become a member
The Magic Lantern UAE has usually six screenings during the school year, every month one film session. The member card gives you the right to see all of the films shown at The Magic Lantern during the season in one of the cities in the UAE. A season’s membership costs AED 150 for the first child, and AED 120 for each additional child within the same family.

Complete the following Subscription Form and you can pay in-person at the next show, 30 minutes prior to the film screening. If you wish to purchase member cards online by credit card, please proceed on the E-Shop of Swiss Art Gate UAE.

For further info visit or check out the facebook page

The Magic Lantern

P.O. Box 450510
Dubai – UAE

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