Borders, Boundaries and Home (Ages 13+ Short Film Program)
Wednesday, March 4 7:00pm
Saturday, March 7 7:00pm
In these powerful narrative and documentary films, we meet young people who must navigate the occupation of their countries or immigration, migration and separation from loved ones. These unstoppable kids show us the resilience and belief on dreams that it takes to grow up in an uncertain world.
** Melissa Gregory Rue, director of Esperanzas Turn, in attendance! **
** Content advisory: Adnan shows a boy tending to his mother when she is serious psychological distress. Maradonas Legs, an uplifting film about brotherly love and adventure, includes a scene where the films hero must confront and correct another boy who is repeatedly screaming a curse word. The film also includes an obscene gesture made in a humorous way, smoking by an adult and political content that is woven into the fabric of the storytelling. Dumpling contains instances of bullying. Cleats has an ending which leaves audiences wondering whether or not a character is alive. **
Short Films in this Program:
199 Little Heroes: Rania from Syria
(Gessie George, Germany, live-action documentary, 2018, 8 min, Arabic with English subtitles)
Rania lives in one of the biggest refugee camps in the world, in Jordan. Not all the children in the camp go to school, but Rania does. She wants to become a civil engineer and be the one who gives instructions.
(Xiaolu Wang, USA, live-action, 2018, 5:28 min, English & Chinese with English subtitles)
Based on the directors lived experience of moving from China to a predominantly white, rural American town when she was 14, this film tells the story of how a girl preserves her identity and overcomes bullying by eating her mothers cooking.
(Melissa Gregory Rue, USA, live-action, 2019, 12 min, in English & Spanish, with English subtitles)
A 12-year-old immigrant farm worker taps into her imagination to confront a bully at school.
(Abdullah ahin, Turkey, live-action, 2019, 10 min, Turkish with English subtitles)
Ilyas and Ahmet are two close friends. Emir, a Syrian refugee boy, completes the gang. The Turkish boys show empathy and compassion for their friend, perhaps not realizing how deeply he cares for them.
(Steven Chatterton & Mark Arrigo, UK, live-action, 2019, 15 min, Arabic with English subtitles) North American premiere!
Ten-year-old Adnan has fled Syria with his mother after their other family members were killed and their neighborhood destroyed. Now settled in the UK, he must use all his creativity to help her recover from trauma.
(Firas Khoury, Germany & Palestine, live-action, 2019, 20 min, Arabic with English subtitles)
During the 1990 World Cup, two young Palestinian boys are looking for Maradonas legs the last missing sticker that they need in order to complete their world cup album and win a free Atari.
This program is a part of Northwest Film Forum's 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle 2020: childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
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Northwest Film Forum's mission is to incite public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. A nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops (including summer camps and year-round programs for young people) and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, and an edit lab. Northwest Film Forum is a member-based organization. nwfilmforum.org
ABOUT CHILDRENS FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE
The 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle is a cinematic extravaganza that celebrates the best and brightest in international films for children, including animation, feature length films, short films, and hands-on workshops. Since 2005, Childrens Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children ages 3-16. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects childrens films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings and field trips in Seattle, and a subsequent festival tour of up to 25 U.S. venues.
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