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No Walls
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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No Walls
Sunday, Jan 28 1:30pm
Wednesday, Jan 31 10:30am
Saturday, Feb 3 @ 1:30pm
(80 min)
Ages 12+

In these narrative films from Mexico, Iran, Tanzania, Australia, Spain, and the USA, youll meet young people who must transcend expectations that limit them. Meet a basketball player who surpasses the limitations of the game, run away with friends who want to live in a place where feel more at home. Encounter a girl who says no to becoming a child bride, another girl, in Iran, who simply wants to learn to read. This program makes it clear: youth all over the world long for the same things: to laugh, to live, to learn, to live in peace and to be respected for who they are. Many people, both powerful and weak, will try to build walls, but the dreams of the next generation cannot be denied.

(Jeannie Donohoe, USA, live action, 2017, 15 min, English) Seattle premiere!
A high school sophomore moves to a new school and wants to try out for the reigning state champion boys basketball team. The player goes out and shows extraordinary skill, worthy of making the roster, until the team finds out the student's biggest secret.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN1t48oxctY

(Christian Ghazal, Australia, live action, 2016, 12 min, English). Seattle premiere?
Two Australian-Lebanese kids feel displaced in Australia so they run away in search of Lebanon, where they believe their true home to be.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgEMCBUefnU

Far From Home
(Mayra Veliz, Mexico, live action, 2016, 13 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!
When a Japanese girl is left behind by her tourist bus in a small Mexican town, it falls on a teenaged boy to take her safety. Along the way, they discover they have everything in common except a language.

From on High
(Dawn Westlake USA/Spain, live action, 2017, 8 min, Spanish and French with English subtitles) US premiere!
A Syrian refugee girl and a European boy combine religious forms to create a kite that represents freedom and peace.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/233539214

Black Head Cow
(Elizabeth Nichols, Tanzania, live action, 2016, 12 min, Maasai/Swahili with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!
In a remote Maasai village in rural Tanzania, a young primary school girl is suddenly confronted by an arranged marriage.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/161199030

(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2017, 18 min, Persian with English subtitles) World premiere!
A young girl who works in the streets, selling flowers to people in cars stopped in traffic, feels a window to the world open when another girl decides to help her learn to read.

Content advisory: In Displaced, one mildly coarse word is said four times. Other films deal with tough subject matter. From On High contains footage of refugee camps, with voiceover of world politicians expressing anti-immigrant rhetoric. Black Head Cow is about the plight of a would-be child bride, and Stars deals with extreme poverty. Still, this program is an overall uplifting one for ages 12 and older.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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