A world seen through the eyes of an innocent child is a common metaphor used to highlight the characteristics of an adult world. True, the world can be a brutal place from a child's point of view, but we can always find a place for little hope too. It is in this light that PIPFF presents the theme of the 2020 POV Section: "Take Care, Kids."
Even the war can't stop a young boy from having a crush on a classmate (1982), while a girl who lost all her loved ones to the Great East Japan Earthquake takes comfort in the presence of strangers (Voices in the Wind). Girls are exposed to discrimination and nightmare in Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone and Exam, reminding us of the certain rites of passages every adolescent will eventually go through. Apparently though sometime it's the grown-ups who emerge with the greatest takeaway.
Beware of Children starts off with a violent incident between kids, but things get complicated soon as adults are involved. Saint Frances may well be described as a coming-of-age story of a 34-year-old babysitter, and the teacher of the newly arrived immigrant children faces no shortage of tricky situations to deal with in German Class. As long as one can look at things from a kid's perspective, or manage to find peace in little chats and some easy-to-hum melodies (Nairobi), the world will surely be a better place to live in.