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Mela's Lunch

Mela's Lunch
1991, director: Sugith Varughese

Film (14:23)


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> South Asian Canadians | Food and Meals | Social integration | Children | Prejudice | Children's materials | Cultural differences

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Based on an original story by Nilambri Singh Ghai, Mela's Lunch is about the unsteady beginnings of a friendship between Mela and Allison. Having just immigrated to Canada from India, Mela is trying hard to make friends and get used to her new surroundings. Peter and other classmates make her feel unwelcome and out of place. At first, Allison goes along with the group. This drama shows that differences in skin colour and country of origin need not be an obstacle to friendship or self-esteem. Educators are encouraged to preview the series before use and choose the dramas most age-appropriate for their students. This film is part of the Playing Fair series.