Young Explorers: new short films share city life as experienced by three-year-olds

Published October 3, 2019

In five newly released short films, toddlers take you along their daily hometown journeys in two very different cities – Pune in India and Recife in Brazil. Join Ahaan, Mokshada, Lulu, Elloah and Ze as they travel their streets with the people who care for them, and share the opportunities and challenges they encounter every day.

Today, more than a billion children live in cities. Cities can be wonderful places to grow up, but they can also pose serious challenges for the health and well-being of babies, toddlers and the people who care for them – from a lack of nature and safe spaces to play, to air pollution and traffic congestion, to social isolation.

In Recife, a city of over 1.6 million inhabitants and over 4 million in the wider metropolitan area, families with young children can face violence and inequality. Parents of toddlers may not feel safe and, therefore, it is not so usual to meet outdoors for their children to play. Public life can be a challenge.

In Pune, with over 3 million inhabitants, families with young children face some unfavourable challenges with respect to clean air and traffic conditions. Babies and toddlers breathe up to four times as fast as adults and travel closer to the ground, where cars and buses release exhaust fumes. Sometimes streets are congested with few safe crossing places for children to commute.

At the same time, both Recife and Pune, like all cities, offer marvellous opportunities for babies and toddlers to explore, interact with and learn from the sights, sounds and fellow residents of the city.

Toddlers Ahaan, Mokshada, Lulu, Elloah and Ze, together with the people who care for them, take you through their neighbourhoods in Pune and Recife and show you the city from 95cm.

After seeing their journeys and experiencing the city through their eyes, what do you like and what would you change?

Watch Young Explorers videos

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About Young Explorers

The Young Explorers short films were developed by NYC-based filmmaker Jacob Krupnick and supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation as part of our Urban95 initiative. Urban95 is rooted in the belief that when urban neighbourhoods work well for babies, toddlers and the people who care for them, they work well for everybody. These videos follow the filmmaker’s earlier project ‘Young Explorers Club’ in which he showed what happens when children explore the world on their own terms.