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The Quiet Ones

Preschool drama series. As part of a school fundraiser, the children take part in a sponsored silence. They learn there are many ways to communicate without words.


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# No matter if you're young or old

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# With good friends you'll never be alone

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# Shining light on our joyful world

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# Ain't nothing going to beat that place we call home

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# First days, new days

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# Are the very best days

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# New things to discover

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# New people to meet

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# Fun days always

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# Playing with your friend days

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# Life is for the living down at Apple Tree House. #

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Well done, class. You're doing well.

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Remember, by keeping silent you're doing a brilliant job

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raising money for charity.

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Now, I suggest you put your drawings away, and remember, no noise.

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Go on, you lot. Let's get inside.

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I'm desperate to find out about your day.

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Thank you.

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You're doing ever so well.

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How long?

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Not long at all.

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I know it's not easy, but it'll be over soon.

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And it's all for a good cause.

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Just think how happy children will be at that school.

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HE HUMS

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SHE CLEARS HER THROAT

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-HE SINGS:

-Just like fam...

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Oh.

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Oh.

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I'm sorry, guys. My bad. I totally forgot about your sponsored silence.

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Everything OK?

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The report from school is that everyone had a fantastic day,

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and not a single word was said.

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Though, as you can see, since school finished...

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..it looks like it's been a lot less fun.

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-But it's all in a good cause, right?

-See.

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Your class is going to raise so much money

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for that school in South America, and that's totally amazing.

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Come on, Kobi.

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You and I need to get solving.

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Solving?

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Yes. Think!

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How will we keep all our spirits up until the end of this big silence?

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A trip to Flo's Cafe always helps.

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Juice? Yeah!

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You can have a juice.

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And on the way, we'll have a super silent game of follow the leader.

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But no giggling, especially you, Zainab.

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OK, everyone.

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Let's follow Kobi,

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and take your sponsor forms.

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We can ask Flo to make a little contribution.

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Come on, everyone. Follow the leader!

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Follow the leader!

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-HE SINGS:

-One, two, three, four,

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marching, marching, hands up!

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And up and out to the side!

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Yeah!

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Windmill, windmill, windmill, windmill, windmill.

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HE LAUGHS

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-HE SINGS:

-And, skippity do, skippity do!

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Here you go.

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A little treat.

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Well, I am impressed.

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You know, I reckon my Frank would find this sponsored silence easy.

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He's not chatty at the best of times, but me...

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I'd probably manage...

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-hmmm, two minutes before I open my big mouth.

-Oh, Flo.

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Oh, I'm sure you'd manage more.

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What?

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HE CHUCKLES

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I think that means treats are for the quiet ones.

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But you know Patience is away visiting Sam's cousins,

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-and I didn't get to have a treat with my lunch today.

-Hmm.

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What do you think?

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Well, maybe you could have just the one.

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-Thank you.

-And don't forget to let me sign

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your sponsorship forms before you go.

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The kids are very grateful. Thank you, Flo.

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You know, this sponsored silence has got me wondering

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about how many different ways there are

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for people to communicate, without speaking.

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Well, maybe we can get our quiet guys

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to count the different ways out on their fingers...

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Because using our bodies and our faces and our hands

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is a great place to start.

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That's interesting.

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You know how sometimes your mum chats to people at work?

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She uses sign language with the kids

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who have difficulty with their hearing.

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That's terrific.

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It's like how in Mali's favourite pirate story,

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the sailors all used flags to pass on messages.

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Oh, yeah, and Native Americans used smoke signals

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to alert neighbours about any dangers.

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Over the years, people have invented all kinds of codes,

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like Morse code.

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People used to tap messages down wires,

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which connected cities and towns all around a country.

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And we shouldn't forget about Doreen delivering the mail.

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Letters have always been a great way to communicate,

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no matter where people are.

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And now we have e-mail too.

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And back home, over the centuries,

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drums have been used to allow villages to talk to each other.

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And in Switzerland, the alphorn,

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a kind of super-long trumpet

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was used by shepherds to help herd their cows.

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COW MOOS

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I'm not quite sure how drumming and horns

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fit into a sponsored silence, Kobi.

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Good point.

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My grandparents used to tell me about going to the silent movies.

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Yes! Silent movies.

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When film was originally invented, they couldn't add on the sound,

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so they had to mime everything.

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It's like playing charades.

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-That's right.

-I love that game.

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Oh! That reminds me.

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Sam, we're supposed to be calling your mum later on.

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I don't think that's going to work if Sam's

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-in the middle of her silence.

-Oh, yeah, you're right.

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So, how can we do that?

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Mali thinks we should make a silent film all about our day.

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Brilliant.

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And we can borrow Ian's camcorder

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and send it to Patience and Sam's relatives.

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You know what they say,

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lights, camera, action!

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Hey. Welcome to Apple Tree House.

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This is Sam, Mali and Bella's silent movie

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about their busy afternoon.

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# Oh, we haven't got much time to make our movie

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# Time to make our movie

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# The movie of how our afternoon was fun

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# How our afternoon was fun

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# So start the cameras rolling for our movie

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# Rolling for our movie

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# Oh and share our day of fun with everyone

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# Ooh, whee, ooh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# This is how the movies all get made

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# Ohh, whee, ooh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Ohh, whee, ooh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Ohh, whee, ooh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# Ohh, whee, ooh

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# Oh, oh, oh, oh

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# So lights, camera action, prepare for your take

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# Our fans are all ready to watch what we make

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# This is how the movies all get made

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# This is how the movies all get made

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# Let's get filming

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# This is how the movies all get made

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# Let's get filming

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# This is how the movies all get made. #

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So, what time is it?

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We're nearly there.

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Are you ready with the cards?

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And...

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10,

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9, 8,

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7, 6,

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5, 4,

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3, 2,

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1.

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THEY SCREAM

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-That's awesome!

-That was so hard.

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I hope we never have to do that again.

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That was amazing.

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I loved making it rain, it made me laugh.

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And I love making that movie, it was so funny.

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Dad, I bet you can't do a sponsored silence like that.

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That's way too hard for you.

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Excuse me, I think I'd do just fine.

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-Are you sure?

-Absolutely.

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Well, prove it.

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You couldn't do five minutes.

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Yeah, no problem.

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I'll time it.

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And...silence.

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HE SIGHS

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello, Kobi.

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Oh, hi.

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Yeah. How are the cousins?

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Oh, good.

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Oh, yeah, the sponsored silence.

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That was, uh... It was quiet.

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Yeah. They were amazing.

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And the film, that's going to be just brilliant.

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I just need to get it out of the camera then I'll send it over.

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Yeah, soon as possible. OK, see you later.

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THEY SCREAM

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-LAUGHTER

-Can't do it!

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Right, class.

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Sam, Mali and Bella have been busy making a movie.

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-Shall we have a look?

-ALL:

-Yay!

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-ALL:

-Five, four, three, two, one...

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CHEERING

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CHEERING

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OK.

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So, the school has raised a large sum of money

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that we're going to be sending to our twin school in South America.

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Now, the moment you've all been waiting for.

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Drum roll please, Bella.

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£312!

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CHEERING

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Wow, that is fantastic!

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And I've been telling Mrs Barrett

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all about your brilliant silent movie.

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-Why?

-Because, in South America

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the children at the school speak Spanish.

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Now, if you'd have made a movie speaking English,

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it might've been difficult for them to understand.

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But as you've made the movie in the international language of mime,

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it makes sense to everyone.

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So, what do you think?

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-Should we send it to them?

-ALL:

-Yeah!

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Mali, stop playing around!

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We've had enough silence for one day.

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Say something!

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HE CHUCKLES

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Come on. Just because we had so much fun

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doesn't mean you should do it again.

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I'll tickle you.

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-You're a good friend, Mali.

-And you're a great friend, Sam.

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As part of a school fundraiser, the children of Apple Tree House take part in a sponsored silence. But as they slowly grow more and more restless, they learn that there are many ways to communicate without words... and they create their own silent movie.