Saturday, Jan 27 @ 1pm
Wednesday, Jan 31 @ 1pm
Who says being a child is easy? The kids in these films must overcome all kinds of challenges, big and small, to follow their dreams. Meet a non-gender-conforming kid who finds courage in a new friendship, a boy who works to buy the basketball hoop of his dreams, a girl who craves familiar food in a place far from home, and another boy who learns not to rely on superstition. This collection also includes a film about boys from Senegal who just want to go to the movies, and concludes with a documentary about a talented young Iraqi refugee, living in Lebanon. A fast-paced film from India, championing the right of all children to education, and Can You See the Future, from Turkey, round out the program.
Can You See the Future? Seattle premiere! and winner of the CFFS Plural+ Prize, for an international film by a filmmaker 25 years or younger!
(Ismet Kale, Turkey, live action and animation, 2017, 2 min, nonverbal)
If you look closely, you can see that children are always dreaming of what they will be. This film encourages us all to support those dreams.
Cup of Tea
(Jitendra Rai, India, live action, 2016, 3 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
Expect the unexpected in this film about a chance encounter between a young teacher and a knowledge-hungry boy.
(Nick Brooks, USA, live action, 2017, 6:17 min, English)
A young man learns that through hard work, sacrifice, and with a strong mothers love, any dream can be realized.
Sammy Paramaribo: Bittersweet
(Barbara Bredero, The Netherlands and Suriname, live action, 2015, 8 min, Dutch with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!
Sammy from Almere goes on vacation to her aunt in Paramaribo, where she discovers the different foods of Suriname and makes new friends.
(Mamadou Dia, Senegal, live action, 2016, 11 min, Fulani, Wolof and French with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!
Two young avid cinephiles are desperate to see a movie on the big screen of their local cinema before it closes its door forever.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/167019856
(John Sheedy, Australia, live action, 2017, 16:30 min, English) West Coast premiere!
Tom, a 10-year-old, prefers the flow of a dress than the cut of a pant. Now at his third school, Tom is having trouble finding acceptance from the other kids in the class except for Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to his Aboriginal heritage. Together, the pair sets off for the school dance.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/201390239
(Mohit Modi, India, live action, 2016, 19 min, English and Hindi with English subtitles)
Seattle premiere! Shaunak, a star-struck 10-year-old, bumps into his television idol at a mall and scores an autograph on the palm of his hand. But to save this lucky charm, Shaunak stops washing his hands leading to consequences that dont leave him very happy or feeling lucky.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_a0rRnu0UU
Spotlight on Merna
(Mirjam Marks, The Netherlands, live action, 2016, 15 min, Arabic and English with English subtitles). US premiere!
After fleeing Iraq, Merna becomes a superstar by participating in The Voice Kids, but her biggest dream is to be able to live in a safe environment.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/203351224
Content advisory: In Hoop Dreamin, a mother briefly mentions smoking, but doesnt do it. Mrs. McCutcheon includes brief scenes of bullying and two instances of mild profanity, spoken by children (in a comedic way) on the playground.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122