Innocent Voices

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” ~Elizabeth Lawrence

But what if the enchanted place is replaced by the sounds of machine guns and loud thunderous bullet bangs every night due to curfew?

What if the brilliantly poised colors are replaced with darkness and somberness devoid of emotions due to the aftermath of politics of war?

What if the soft air changes to smoke and dust every now and then?

What if the morning that is fragrant changes to holocaust every dawn?

The movie talks about the innocent lives getting sucked in the military forces just when young boys reach the age of twelve. A tender age and tender body makes them shift their focus from ordinary play-guns to machine guns of guerilla forces. It is devastating to see how an innocent child, in dire situations of warfare; aids monetary help to his mother by playing a role of a conductor, shields siblings from bullets that are flung each night due to curfew; gets a sweet innocent love life clicking which in due course of time is lost; takes the role of the man of the family because of absence of father. It portrays the change of innocent lives from playing naïve games to dealing with hardships yet finding little joys of life in that adversity.

The movie shows heartrending scenes depicting how war changes and affects innocent lives in the most emphatic way. It is poignant to see children being turned into soldiers with machine guns in their hands which are as big as they are.

Sumedha Sobti

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