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250 eight-year olds
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yodge
IN ONE MOVIE THEATER.

What possesses primary school administrations to send 250 children to watch a documentary about THE NILE RIVER all at once?! Are they stupid? The Nile is NOT interesting when you are eight. It just ISN'T. And it's OmniMax. So it's so gloriously stunning and beautiful and breathtaking that all the kids go "OOOOH! I'M FLYING!! LOOK! THERE'S THE EXIT LIGHT OVER THERE! LOOK AT THAT TEACHER!! OH OH LET ME KICK THE CHAIRS IN FRONT OF ME!! YAY, I HAVE A LIGHTSABER! OOOH, LOOK AT THE WATER! WHOA! A BOAT!! OH LOOK, IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER? Y'KNOW, MY DAD BOUGHT ME THIS X-BOX...." and so it goes.

I am not kidding. The kid behind me was talking about lightsabers and some girl across the theater and how Cairo looked like Singapore(!), and how the Sphinx looked like our Prime Minister. Nurul & I kept turning around and trying to get them to shush, and they'd stop for like 5 seconds and then start up again. And the kid wouldn't stop kicking. I mean, I'm fine with the occasional whisper in a movie theater, but it's like eight-year old boys have no idea HOW to CONTROL their VOLUME!! Either that or they are the victims of shoddy parenting. Let's hope it's the former.

*sigh*

The documentary talked about water salinity and the Nubians and the role of water in life, religion, and African politics. It was absolutely beautiful. Too bad I only heard about half of it.


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I think I would have tried to get replacement tickets.

I had to do that for the last Harry Potter film. I was fully expecting noisy children, but what I was not expecting was that there would be several large groups (girlscouts, I think) staking out chairs. After the fifth try for a seat, I gave up, went to the manager and asked for a ticket for a different showing.

Different situation, I know, but seriously, in your case, the theater management people also should have known better than to try to mix field-tripping sproglets with People Who Really Truly Want To See The Film.

Well, they had warned us before we bought the tickets, so I suppose we were kinda dumb to go ahead with it anyway... but we didn't expect them to be so irritating. I guess we forgot what 250 eight-year olds sounded like. :)

oh oh oh!!!

Wassit really good? I went for the Mystic India one, t'was ok.

Btw, primary schools ALWAYS bring them children to the OmniMax theatre. It's a norm that has been in practice since yonks ago. (i was one of them kids, don't stone me please)
But that was perhaps when/where the love for the OmniMax documentaries came about, i suppose.

joline

It was really really good!!!

Yes, I know that primary schools here do this quite often, but it's just stupid that they don't even pick an appropriate film. It's just disruptive for others and dumb for the kids, because the Nile is simply NOT interesting if you are eight years old. dumb dumb dumb.... For every 10 kids who end up loving OmniMax, there are 240 will never get anything more out of it except another chance to be annoying. *grumblegrumblegrumble* :)

yes - go watch it!!! The Christian traditions of Ethiopia are really fascinating. :)

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