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Northwest Film Forum is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

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Gianfranco Rosi Retrospective

November 25, 2016 7:30 PM

Northwest Film Forum is proud to present the first Seattle retrospective of the work of Gianfranco Rosi. Throughout his career, the Italian director, cinematographer, producer and screenwriter has pushed the boundaries of the documentary form. His 2013 film Sacro GRA, which depicts life along the ring-road highway that circles Rome, became the first documentary to win the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, during the festivals 70th edition. This year, Fire at Sea (2016), which centers on a young boy living on a Sicilian island that has become the entry point for migrants seeking refuge in Europe, won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and has been put forward as Italys foreign language film submission and a candidate for Best Documentary for the Academy Awards.The themes and settings of his films range from a portrait of life and death on the Ganges River, to a chronicle of the outcasts and bohemians who inhabit a California shanty town, to an exploration of the vagrants, gravediggers and others living on the fringes of Rome. Rosis films do not attempt to inform the audience, but rather to affect them on a deeper, more intuitive level. He has said, I want to make something that somehow transforms the reality into something else. It becomes like a suspension of elements, where the audience has to start to interact with their own knowledge of things. Or maybe with their own emotional understanding of things, and then create their own world. Rosi often spends years shooting his films, developing intensely intimate relationships with his subjects, and chronicling these through layered narratives and visual metaphors that examine the lived experiences of people through deeply political and distinctively artistic means. Gianfranco Rosi was born in Eritrea in 1964. He studied at New York University Film School and currently lives and works in Manhattan. Boatman (1993, doc), Afterwords (2001, short, co-dir), Below Sea Level (2008, doc) Sacro GRA (2013, doc), Fire at Sea (2016, doc).
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Fire at Sea

December 10, 2016 4:15 PM - December 11, 2016 7:00 PM

Winner of the 2016 Berlinale Golden Bear. For residents of Lampedusa, life continues at a steady pace. Samuele is an observant 12-year-old that lives here. He goes to school, shoots his slingshot, hangs with friends and hunts. He likes playing on land, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. Over the last 20 years, thousands of refugees cross the ocean to Lampedusa in search of freedom. Simultaneous to following Samuele and other residents around the island, Gianfranco Rosi documents a few of the many horrifyingly conditioned boats that wash ashore, as migrants finally reach land after a harrowing journey. Whats next?
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Family Holiday and Children's Film Festival Launch Party!

December 11, 2016 2:00 PM

'Tis the season and there are more reasons than ever to come together now to celebrate global awareness, human kindness, and love! Join us for a cheerful holiday gathering and be the first to find out what's on tap for Children's Film Festival Seattle (January 26 to February 11, 2017) at Northwest Film Forum. Santa has promised to send one of his most youthful emissaries from the North Pole for a meet-and-greet in our lobby, and there will also be stations for doing drop-in animation and making holiday crafts in the lobby. A fierce game of under-the-stairwell dreidel is also sure to take place. Then stop into our cinemas, where international animation, beloved TV holiday specials, sneak peeks at CFFS 2017 films, and camps made in Northwest Film Forum camps and workshops will light up the big screens. All ages. $5 per person, free cookies and milk!
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Movement Material

December 11, 2016 5:00 PM

Movement Material is a 60-minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlight transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms. The progression of this camera/dance collaboration has led the artists to pointedly examine equality, balance, interactivity, and reciprocity between both forms.
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Peter And The Farm

December 14, 2016 7:30 PM - December 15, 2016 7:00 PM

Peter Dunning is a rugged individualist in the extreme, a hard-drinking loner and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children and whose only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows, and pigs he tends on his Vermont farm. Peter is also one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time, a product of the 1960s counterculture whose poetic idealism has since soured. For all his candor, he slips into drunken self-destructive habits, cursing the splendors of a pastoral landscape that he has spent decades nurturing.
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Eyes Of My Mother

December 14, 2016 8:00 PM - December 18, 2016 8:00 PM

One horrific act forever alters a young womans life on a farm. We follow Francisca, a surgeons daughter, from this traumatic event to an isolated adulthood, as she seeks to fulfill her parents legacy in increasingly gruesome ways.
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Oyster Factory (Kaki Kouba)

December 15, 2016 7:30 PM - December 17, 2016 4:00 PM

The sixth in an ongoing series of observational documentaries by the New York based, Japanese director who abides a strict style of independent filmmaking involving no preconceived goal of shooting, no narration or music, no meetings with subjects in advance. Oyster Factory immerses us in the intimate labor of traditional small factory fishing and processing of oysters, work which is steeped in the history of local culture but is threatened by depopulation and globalization. The nimble and fastidious process is matched by a similar filmmaking technique, rich with small detail but revealing a broader portrait of Japan post-disaster. The question of how Chinese laborers will assimilate has global implications, and the near-palpable salinity of oyster shucking suggests sweat more than precious delicacy.
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Sin Alas

December 16, 2016 7:45 PM - December 18, 2016 7:45 PM

The first American film shot in Cuba since the revolution, this Havana-set memory film is a melancholic love story that evolves into a universal meditation on life. An old man, Luis (Carlos Padrón), reads the obituary of a famous dancer - his lover from many years ago. His memories and dreams are tinged with a half-remembered melody, a tune that he tries to track down with the help of a friend. "I need to get this melody out of my head so I can rest," Luis says to Ovilio. The song leads Luis on a melancholic Wild Strawberries-esque journey through past that was often opainful but nevertheless passionate and meaningful.
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The Eyes Of The Totem

December 18, 2016 4:00 PM

Shot in 1926 by H.C. Weaver Studios in Tacoma, WA and lost for decades, this film was recently rediscovered in the archives of a museum in New York City. The Eyes of the Totem was directed by W.S. Van Dyke, who went on to direct the Thin Man series, as well as many other feature films. This screening will include a panel discussion with the composer of the modern musical score and local film preservationists that have been involved in its return to Pacific Northwest audiences.
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Harry Benson: Shoot First

January 06, 2017 7:30 PM - January 12, 2017 8:15 PM

What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of photographer Harry Benson. He captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous band in history: The Beatles. His extensive portfolio grew to include iconic photos of every US President, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
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2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

January 11, 2017 7:15 PM

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of eight short films selected from this years Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the distinct 2016 program traverses vibrant styles from wild comedy to reflective poetry. Each breaks through its limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after it ends.
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Il Solengo

January 12, 2017 7:30 PM - January 14, 2017 4:00 PM

The talking-head documentary is revived with stubborn, prolix determination by a brood of Etruscan elders who gather at a modest hunting cabin to speculate about the existence of one Mario de Marcella, who is said to have lived a recalcitrant, hermetic life within a forested cave in Tuscia, as withdrawn from the pack as the films eponymous male boar. Il Solengos narrative is thus hinged to oral tradition, Italian style, spun from the yarns these aged hunters deliver in both acerbic and plaintive testimonies, sitting fireside while the pasta sauce simmers. The notion of a reliable narrator is thrown into doubt, though just what drove Mario underground remains a mystery that haunts this ultimately melancholic fable.
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Notes on Blindness

January 13, 2017 8:00 PM - January 15, 2017 7:00 PM

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years he recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Published in 1990 under the title Touching the Rock, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, A masterpiece... The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. Notes on Blindness is a multi-platform project based on Johns original audio recordings.
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

January 13, 2017 8:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum and Brett Hamil present Seattle's only intentionally funny political talk show: The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil. It's a mudpie lobbed into the halls of power with the comedian, writer and host of My YouTube Channel Where I'm The Big Important Guy Who Gets To Say What's What. Each episode will feature interviews with high-profile politicians, activists and artists plus standup comedy, sketches, videos and surprises.
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Children's Film Festival Pass

January 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Please note passes are not valid for class registration or the Pancake Breakfast.
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January 20, 2017 7:45 PM - January 22, 2017 7:30 PM

Felix E. Feist's extraordinary 1933 disaster film Deluge has been restored by Lobster Films, Paris and is being released by Kino Lorber Repertory in the U.S.!
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The Ardennes

January 20, 2017 8:00 PM - January 22, 2017 7:45 PM

Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in The Ardennes.
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Festival Opening Night (Cinema 1) Longing and Belonging: Plural+ Prizewinners

January 26, 2017 7:30 PM

Childrens Film Festival Seattle is proud to be one of more than 50 partners of (hyperlink {PLURAL+]; a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to make films about migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. The films here, all made by filmmakers 25 years and younger, are the most recent prizewinners at PLURAL+ 2016 festival.
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Children's Film Fest Weekend 1 or Weekend 2 pass

January 28, 2017 9:00 AM - February 04, 2017 9:00 AM

Good for entry to any screening on January 28 & 29 or February 4, 5 & 11. Please note passes are not valid for class registration or the Pancake Breakfast.
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Creature Teachers

January 28, 2017 11:00 AM - February 01, 2017 11:00 AM

What can we learn from the animals we love? Jump into these short animated films and find yourself transformed into deer, crocodiles, and herons, oh my! Harmonize with pigs, dance with wolves, bake with octopi and watch TV with a crocodile. Along the way, youll learn how to be a true friend and embrace your adventures!
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January 28, 2017 11:30 AM - February 11, 2017 11:30 AM

Join kids in seven different countries as they play with their friends, go to school, make clever schemes, and explore. This program of live action shorts from around the world features funny, shy, and creative kids just like you.
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Pure Imagination

January 28, 2017 1:00 PM - February 05, 2017 11:30 AM

Ever wondered how a forest full of talking trees and fish would look? What if tiny musical bands filled our lives with marvelous melodies? Put on your favorite imagination cap, and join in on this journey through magical worlds filled with love and adventure.
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True To Yourself

January 28, 2017 1:30 PM - February 01, 2017 1:30 PM

This extraordinary collection of live action films focuses on integrity and doing the right thing. What does it mean to be true to yourself? How do you put that ideal into practice in everyday life? Meet a father and son who find a lost wallet, a gender non-conforming teen facing their traditional Muslim family, a girl who thinks out loud about self-expression, and a boy whose soccer coach asks him to lie. These finely-scripted films will leave you with fodder for a great conversation on the trip home.
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Nelly's Adventure - US premiere director in attendance! Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest

January 28, 2017 3:00 PM

Thirteen-year-old Nellys holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her familys secret plan to relocate there. Running away to avoid the reality of her fate, she walks straight into the hands of kidnappers! Their leader is an unscrupulous German engineer, plotting to destroy her fathers energy project by forcing the family to leave the country. Nelly, in turn, befriends two young Roma siblings, Tibi and Roxana, who aid her in her adventurous escape. Together, they cross mountains and rivers, flee from a dungeon, board a moving train, borrow a car and become the heroes of the day!
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Friends Are Forever

January 28, 2017 3:30 PM - February 04, 2017 11:00 AM

Is there anything better than having a friend by your side? Good friends add color, music and memories to our lives. In this collection of mostly animated shorts, friends also come in all shapes and sizes, from a fierce little lion with a surprisingly soft heart, to a small, shy girl gaining strength from her grandmother and teacher.
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My Parrot Mom

January 28, 2017 5:00 PM

Juana, an eleven-year-old girl, is part of a very special family whose members have the incredible ability to turn themselves into animals. She finds this out on the day her mother unexpectedly changes into a parrot! Juana must not only protect her mom but also learn to think of herself in a whole new way. Set on the coast of Argentina and imbued with magical Latin-American realism, this movie invites us to reflect on who we are.
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Family Time

January 28, 2017 5:30 PM - February 04, 2017 1:00 PM

Families make the world go round! In these animated and live action shorts, we learn that very different kinds of families can share the same bond of love. Find the sun, learn a new song, dance with cats, drink from a tall, cool glass of color, and rediscover what your own family means to you.
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Indigenous Showcase

January 28, 2017 7:00 PM - February 04, 2017 7:00 PM

This wide-ranging program tells the stories of Indigenous people throughout North America, including beautifully animated traditional tales, stirring experimental films by young Native filmmakers, an inspiring documentary about a Yupik village that comes together for basketball, and the unique history of Yavapai doctor and activist Carlos Montezuma.
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No Bullies Allowed

January 28, 2017 7:00 PM - February 04, 2017 5:30 PM

These kids use their smarts and their compassion to defeat bullying in creative ways. From buzzing robot drones to daisy chains to introspection and friendship, the heroes in this program find opportunities to stand up for themselves and others, and in so doing teach us about how to make the world a kinder and more just place.
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Shine On

January 29, 2017 11:00 AM - February 11, 2017 11:00 AM

What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with words, make new friends, tend a garden, and dig themselves out of holes and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!
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Wild Child

January 29, 2017 11:30 AM - February 01, 2017 3:30 PM

Let your creativity run wild! In this collection of imaginative films, experience a meerkat rescue mission, get captured by your own toy, explore a dangerous universe in a taxi, and befriend a giant, gentle beast. Open your eyes to the wild adventures the world has to offer.
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Jill and Joy's Winter

January 29, 2017 1:00 PM

Jill and Joy, both 9-year-olds, have lives like other little girls, except that they might be a little happier than most, as they get to live in their own house made just for them. One December evening, a small car, barely the size of a shoebox, pulls up in front their house, and a teensy-weensy family gets out. The McTiny family, having just lost their home, move in with Jill and Joy but soon find out that not all big people have good intentions towards them. Jill and Joy's Winter is based on a beloved book by the same name by the Finnish writer Marjatta Kurenniemi.
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Monsters Are *Reel*

January 29, 2017 1:30 PM

These shorts show kids confronting their fears. The monsters in these films can be as ordinary as an iphone, trying to stay awake in class, or your own reflection, or as extraordinary as a witch or a malevolent spirit. Get ready for some chills!
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Fortune Favors the Brave - Seattle premiere Screenwriter Katrin Milhahn in attendance! Presented with Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest!

January 29, 2017 3:00 PM

Vietnamese sisters Lihn (age 11) and Tien (age 9) must keep a dangerous secret their mother has had to return to Vietnam, and the girls are on their own in Germany. Their family life would fall apart if the truth were known. But can their feisty 11-year-old friend Pauline understand their plight and earn their trust? This film explores the true meaning of family and friendship, while realistically depicting the compromises and uncertainty that immigrant children face on a daily basis.
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Story World

January 29, 2017 3:30 PM - February 04, 2017 3:30 PM

Prepare to be fascinated and inspired. With a mixture of both carefully drawn images and stop-motion critters, these films present various ideas about our world as characters explore their own worlds. Watch as these colorful stories unfold in front of you, and open up your eyes and heart to these beautiful stories about love, friendship, and adventure.
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Gotta Be Me

January 29, 2017 5:00 PM - February 01, 2017 1:00 PM

The characters in these films are learning to dive deeper and fly higher. Meet a girl who shifts her shape, a boy who feels music instead of hears it, someone who longs to spend his life by the sea, and even some animated creatures who are also one-of-a-kind, just like you!
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Save The Earth

January 29, 2017 5:30 PM - February 01, 2017 11:30 AM

The earth is our only home, so lets take care of it! In this program, youll travel through forests and the cosmos, animated dreamscapes, funny animal adventures, and stories about scientists, just to end up back at home, ready to change our environmental future.
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Fountain of Youth

January 29, 2017 7:00 PM

Let these genius youth filmmakers inspire you! Take an art walk in Capitol Hill, solve a mystery to save orcas in an aquarium, and go on an impossible voyage to the moon in these short films made by young individuals just like you. Several of the films were made in summer camps hosted held at Northwest Film Forum, so be sure you get on the mailing list for next years sessions!
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MUSSA Seattle premiere!

January 29, 2017 7:00 PM

This documentary tells the story of 12-year-old Mussa, who won't speak for reasons that no one understands. He is an African refugee living in Tel Aviv, and for the past five years he's been bussed from his troubled neighborhood to an upscale private school. Mussa's Israeli classmates are his best friends, but he chooses to communicate with them only through gestures. In a time when he feels powerless, Mussa takes control by filming and documenting his own experience. This deeply relevant film will leave kids with plenty to talk about.
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The Boy Who Lived before

February 02, 2017 7:00 PM

This Seattle-made feature explores the mind of a boy who deeply contemplates his identify, both in terms of who the kind of person he wants to be, and the kind of person he might have already been. Meet Cody, who has memories of a previous life. These memories present themselves in the forms of visions, dreams, and daily routines. In an attempt to understand where he comes from, Cody delves into the online world, eventually attracting the interest of a budding film crew looking for outrageous stories. Codys big brother Oliver is his confidant, guide and co-questioner as the pair move through changing Seattle landscapes. Family dynamics, urban life and identity are all in flux.
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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

February 02, 2017 7:30 PM - February 03, 2017 7:30 PM

More people are imprisoned in the United States than at any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself is rarely seen beyond the medias lens of crime and punishment. Filmmaker and geographer Brett Story explores the ecology of incarceration, traveling the American landscape to excavate the unseen aspects of how prisons are imbedded in our social, economic, political, and natural landscape. In California, a female inmate is enlisted to help fight raging forest fires but is forbidden from speaking to endangered homeowners; elsewhere, a warehouse inventory of canned goods, socks, and cassette tapes reveals the thriving entrepreneurial model of sending approved care packages to loved ones behind bars. The films unique strategy of employing negative space - this is a prison film in which we never see a prison - serves to question the effects that prison and prisoners have on our immediate environments, and how the lives of unseen populations are implicated in our very own, often in ways that are related more to economic development than proverbial justice.
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February 03, 2017 7:00 PM - February 04, 2017 3:00 PM

In this dazzling new film version of the beloved children's book, the adventuresome five-year-old orphan who lives in the Swiss Alps finds her life turned upside down when she must take care of a sick child, Klara. This refreshing rendition of the classic portrays true friendship and devotion.
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Pancake Breakfast

February 04, 2017 10:30 AM

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Special ticket pricing: $15 general admission/ $55 per family of four. The Breakfast will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumptions social hall, located at 1804 13th Avenue. Parking in the church lot is included with your ticket. Screenings following the breakfast are held at Northwest Film Forum.
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Pancake Breakfast

February 04, 2017 11:00 AM

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Special ticket pricing: $15 general admission/ $55 per family of four. The Breakfast will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumptions social hall, located at 1804 13th Avenue. Parking in the church lot is included with your ticket. Screenings following the breakfast are held at Northwest Film Forum.
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Dreaming of a Better World

February 04, 2017 1:30 PM - February 11, 2017 3:30 PM

This program of thought-provoking films will make young activists want to go out and change the world. These films feature brave young people who persevere against all odds and clarify the social context for their struggles. Youll meet a boy who dreams of being the Robin Hood of Senegal, an American girl who protests the racist policies that have imprisoned her brother, and a young Syrian refugee who just misses his mom and dad.
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Mr. Frog - US Premiere

February 04, 2017 5:00 PM

Sita adores her schoolteacher Mr. Frans, who sometimes changes in to a frog. But the animal world is not without danger, and Sita soon finds herself in the position of being his protector. This endearing comedy-drama literally humanizes animals and inspires children to stand up against bullying. Mr. Frog is a moving fable with urgent themes for this day and age.
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Boxing For Freedom

February 04, 2017 7:00 PM

This documentary tells the story of a Safaf, a teenage girl growing up in wartime and facing intense gender discrimination, who deeply feels it is her destiny to become Afghanistans best boxer. Safaf and her sister joined the newly created women's boxing team after being refugees in Iran and returning to their own country. This film is a powerful true story of a girl who is not only the best female boxer in Afghanistan but the symbol of empowerment for a new generation of Afghan women.
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Molly Monster

February 05, 2017 11:00 AM

Molly Monster is the little only-monster of Popo and Etna Monster. She spends her days in familiar surroundings playing with her best friend Edison, a clockwork toy with a life of his own. But when Mama gives birth to an egg (which Papa must hatch), Molly sets out on a journey to find her new place in the family. The journey takes her far away from home and over the Wild Hills to Egg Island, where she is reunited with her Mama and her Papa, and her new mini-monster sibling.
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This Is The Way I Like It 2

February 09, 2017 7:30 PM - February 11, 2017 7:30 PM

During the height of Chiles dictatorship, Ignacio Agüero made a short film in which (much like the approach in the seminal Chronicle of a Summer by Jean Rouch) he questions his colleagues about the meaning of their work. Thirty years on, Pinochet gone but not forgotten, the Chilean film scene enjoying international success, Agüero returns to the task - interrupting Pablo Larrain on the set of Neruda, no less - to inquire about the future of cinema in his country while mining images from his own past. Meanwhile, testimony from a school teacher of film workshops for children offers a rejoinder that cant be easily contained by mere description. Agüeros subtle but plangent reflection reminds us that memory is never static, that archives are always living, and that the essence of cinema remains a mercurial mystery.
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February 11, 2017 3:00 PM

A hybrid of documentary and narrative film, this film is about a 12-year-old boy who works the streets of Santo Domingo by jumping on cars stopped at red lights, and proceeding to clean their windshields without invitation, in the hopes of obtaining a few pesos' tip from the drivers inside. He lives in Los Tres Brazos, a poor slum of the capital, far away and upstream from the picturesque tourist ideal of the Zona Colonial on the banks of Rio Ozama. Hes one of nine children being raised by his single mother. But Jeffrey, who christens himself La Pesadilla (The Nightmare) dreams of being a reggaeton singer, following in the footsteps of one of his older brothers.
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Closing Ceremony

February 11, 2017 5:00 PM

We close out the 2017 festival by screening films made during the past week in our workshops, announcing the winners of our Childrens Jury Prizes, and celebrating with a surprise selection of outstanding short films made by international filmmakers.
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Torrey Pines

February 16, 2017 8:00 PM

Based on a true story, Torrey Pines is a queer punk coming-of-age tale that takes place in Southern California in the early 1990's. 12-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country jaunt by his schizophrenic single mother (who is fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy), and on the adventure Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling events, both real and imagined.
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The Dazzling Light of Sunset

March 02, 2017 7:30 PM

The town of Tsalenjikha (population 8,900) in western Georgia is eventful but scarcely newsworthy, a reality which broadcast journalist Dariko must confront as she attempts to report, with some journalistic objectivity, the towns droll proceedings. With her trusted cameraman in tow, Dariko tours the village in all its absurdity as well as its gravity, turning up a beauty contest for teens learning to walk in heels; an oversized owl; a wedding with deliriously drunken guests; mass in an Orthodox church; and a soldiers burial. As reportage, the versions of both Dariko and director Jashi co-mingle, creating a layered portrait of a place and its people that is gently ironic but formally exacting. The film organically questions the politics of the image as related to the representation of place; rarely do we see such localized views of the Caucasus.
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