Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord (Special Event)

Fun for the whole family! Dance along to down-home music by the John Browne Band and enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes, sizzling bacon, and gallons of hot coffee for the grown-ups. After breakfast, come to Northwest Film Forum for a special screening of new animation from 11 countries.

Borders, Boundaries and Home (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 3:30pm
Ages 13+
* Filmmaker (and Executive Director) Vivian Hua (Searching Skies) in attendance! *

All children have the right to a home, but for the young people in some of these narrative and documentary films, political and religious issues threaten their futures. The films are made by filmmakers in response to worldwide migration issues, and also include a documentary from a dream city, where origins and cultural differences do not matter to a tight-knit group of boys.

Kayak to Klemtu

Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Canada, in English)
Ages 12+
* Co-presented with Longhouse Media as part of Northwest Film Forum’s ongoing Indigenous Showcase series! *

Fourteen-year-old Ella is determined to travel by kayak the length of the Inside Passage along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic traveling through her beloved homeland waters. She’s prepared to handle all of the challenges of the trip, but the greatest challenge of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her.

Breath

Thursday, January 31 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Iran, in Farsi with Eng. subtitles)
Ages 14+
* Seattle premiere! *

The first-ever official Iranian entry by a female filmmaker for Best Foreign Film of the Academy Awards, this sweeping film tells the story of a girl, Behar, who lives a life spun from folklore and stories with her head in a book. But growing up in Yazd in the ’70s and ’80s, she’s at the center of a country in turmoil: The Shah is overthrown, Ayatollah Khomeini rises to power, and the first shots are fired in a bitter and protracted war with Iraq. Over the span of years, Bahar finds daydreaming in her own fantasy world is the only way she can make sense of the pain and suffering warring humans inflict on one another.