1 life | 2 days | 6 years apart

Children of the Republic is an observational documentary about an eleven year old boy. The child soon reveals that he is sniffing ink solvent. The encounter soon turns into a series of unforeseen events unfolding in front of the camera. Six years later, the filmmaker revisits the child, now a teenager selling vegetables on the street and later during the evening he reveals his habits and aspirations. 
These two encounters sum up the life and purpose of his existence and underscores the lack of care and love to young children from the poor parts of the society.



The filmmaker was looking for something to submit to the “Life in a Day” Campaign on Youtube produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald. This campaign back in 2010, invited people around the world to film anything on 24th July 2010 and send the footage within a week. So RAM borrowed a camcorder from his then boss and set out to film something. After this shoot happened, RAM did not want to send the footage to this campaign. However,  it became his first short documentary as a director.  


When the filmmaker met the parents in a nearby area, the parents acknowledged his sniffing habit. However, they revealed that they were not able to take care of their children and were willing to send them to a children’s home. 


In 2013, RAM tried to find Santhosh again. Santhosh’s father had passed away the previous year and Santhosh’s family was torn apart. Santhosh’s mother had left him with a vegetable seller for work. His two younger brothers were admitted at a government school and she had gone away to live alone. Since then, Santhosh has been living and working with the vegetable seller. 


The filmmaker is still in his attempt to convince Santhosh’s younger brothers in going to school. With this film, RAM is confident that he can convince an NGO in adopting Santhosh’s younger brothers.

Santhosh through the years
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the film was screened at Alliance Francaise of Madras

to a full audience consisting of mental healthworkers, teachers, students, NGO workers, volunteers and parents.

Children of the Republic - Premier at Alliance Francasie of Madras - After the screening - Part 2
Roam Free Films

Children of the Republic - Premier at Alliance Francasie of Madras - After the screening - Part 2

After the screening of the documentary Children of the Republic, Dr. Nappinnai was particular that she would address the audience on the need of the hour discussion - ‘psychological issues related to substance abuse and the role of parenting.’ Children of the Republic is an observational documentary about a eleven-year-old child, who the filmmaker RAM, with a camera stumbled upon. The encounter soon turns into a series of unforeseen events unfolding in front of the camera. Dr. Nappinnai Seran is a highly enthusiastic, skilled and well motivated psychologist with a track record of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. She is experienced in providing specialist psychological assessments to her clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from psychological and neuropsychological testing. She is a Consultant Psychologist cum Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram. She is also a faculty at Sugam Psychological and Research Centre, where she teaches and trains students in the field of psychiatric assessment and therapy. She also works as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside general physicians, nurses, social workers, education professionals, health visitors, psychiatrists and occupational therapists. She is also the Honorary counsellor in the Family Court, Chennai. Dr. Nappinnai has been invited by various educational institutions, private sectors, and central Government organisation like National Academy of Central Excise and Narcotics and Southern railways to deliver lectures relating to emotional intelligence, sexual harassment in workplace, stress management, communication enhancement, self-esteem enhancement and parenting skills and other topics relating to the field of psychology. © 2019 Roam Free Films - All Rights Reserved


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November 08, 2018

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Poster Art by Sujesh CV

Sujesh is a contemporary painter and art director based in Toronto. He keeps creating worlds on canvas and paper, and of course on digital surfaces too. his works have appeared in movies such as Planet of the Apes, Final Destination, and The Umbrella Academy most recently. Check out his works on @sujeshchittyv