Kayak to Klemtu

Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm

Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Canada, 2017, 1h 30m
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. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, as well as the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride. From Tla’Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires while their spirits honor the coast as a place for each of us to protect and call home.

Content advisory: Numerous instances of profanity and a graphic depiction of an injury to a boy’s hand. A dead grizzly bear is seen briefly.






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Thursday, January 31 – 7:00pm

Narges Abyar, Iran, 2016, 1h 52m
Ages 14+
(Farsi with English Subtitles)

** 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.

Content advisoryThe film may be suitable for some mature children aged 12 and older. The film includes scenes of sick adults and the character of a loving grandmother who nonetheless beats and curses her grandchildren.





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Supa Modo

Friday, February 1 – 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2 – 5:00pm

Likarion Wainaina, Germany & Kenya, 2018, 1h 14m
Ages 11+
(Swahili, Kikuyu and English, with English subtitles)

Kenya’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film!

Sometimes it takes a village to make our dreams come true. Jo, a nine year old, is obsessed with superheroes and dreams of becoming one to overcome her diagnosis of a terminal illness. Unable to force Jo to spend her remaining days in bed, her town community comes together to support her belief in her superpowers. Not all heroes have capes, but Jo sure does, and her powers are more inspiring than any of today’s superhero-based special effects blockbusters. Winner of more than 20 prizes at international film festivals in the past year.

Content advisoryThis uplifting film deals with difficult issues, including the impending death of a child. But the film has received acclaim for its hopeful and uplifting message and was recommended for ages 8+ at the Seattle International Film Festival. We believe it is better for older children.






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Tito and the Birds

Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm

Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar & André Catoto, animation, Brazil, 2018, 1h 13m, Portuguese with English subtitles
Ages 12+

** Washington State premiere! **

This film, with a distinctive painterly style, follows the story of a shy 10-year-old boy named Tito who lives in a world where fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. Tito realizes, based on his missing father’s past research, that there may be a way to use the local pigeon population and their songs to create a cure for the disease. As he tries to find a cure, he also begins the search for his father.

Content advisoryThis uplifting film with some dark themes is suitable for older kids with adventurous tastes. This is a film about the debilitating way that fear affects people, so fearlessness in watching is helpful! There are depictions of life in near-future, dangerous looking, chaos-filled city, where an epidemic turns people into stones. Not spoiling anything to alert you: there is a happy ending.

** Thanks to our community partner the Seattle Latino Film Festival for their support of this screening! **





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One Girl

Saturday, February 2 – 3:00pm

Rosa Russo, United Kingdom, Romania, Finland & Italy, 2018, 1h 4m
Ages 10+
(live action, Arabic, Romanian, Finnish, Juba Arabic, English, with English subtitles)

North American premiere! Co-presented with Reel Grrls and American Romanian Cultural Society

One Girl is a documentary that takes a glimpse into one ordinary day in the lives of four girls from four different countries in the same meridian. The film allows us to see the lives of these girls from South Sudan, Romania, Palestine, and Finland. With their innocence and spontaneity, these children can show us our differences and similarities, portraying their inner beauty and sometimes their hard challenges. They teach us to be more empathetic towards others and give us a better understanding of our world.

Content advisory: Child marriage is a topic of the film, marital relations are discussed in a non-graphic way.


One Girl – Official Trailer from Rosa Russo on Vimeo.

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Sunday, January 27 – 5:00pm

Priya Ramasubban, India, 2018, 1h 30m
Ages 9+
(live action, Ladakhi with English subtitles)

** Co-presented with Tasveer South Asian Film Festival! Introduced by Khenrab Palden, Himalayan filmmaker and Tasveer staff member **

To chase her dream of going to school, a feisty paraplegic girl rebels against the traditions of her family members and other elders in her remote Himalayan village. Her spirit and determination are infectious, but in a village that is paved only by rough stones, a school that can only be reached by a river crossing, and a family with little money, how can Chuskit’s dreams ever come true?

About TSAFF:

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) is the largest South Asian film festival in the world. Seeking to provide a counterpoint to the images and stories prevalent in mainstream South Asia and Bollywood, the festival encourages an atmosphere of thoughtful dialogue and creative inquiry, where filmmakers and audiences engage in lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats. The festival highlights films with a focus on issues of human rights and social justice that concern South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the various diasporas across the world.


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Chieri and Cherry

Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm

Makoto Nakamura, Japan, 2015, 54m
Ages 10+
(Japanese with English subtitles)

North American premiere!

This is the story of a lone girl Chieri, whose father recently died, and her only friend Cherry, a stuffed animal who eventually helps the girl overcome her fear and find the light in life again. But before Chieri can fully comprehend the way to go on, she must embark on a mysterious adventure, where fantasy and reality blend and blur.

Content advisoryThe film has numerous scary and some sad moments. It is not recommended for sensitive young viewers who are bothered by conflict, elements of danger, the supernatural, and uncertainty in a film. It does not spoil the film to say there is a happy ending!


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Saturday, January 26 – 3:00pm

Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp, Swaziland, 2017, 1h 16m
Ages 9+
(Siswati and English, subtitles when necessary)

** Seattle premiere! **

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Liyana has played at festivals including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, and has won more than two dozen awards so far. The Sunday Times describe the film as “part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.”

Content advisoryThe character of Liyana must overcome many dangers in this story created by children, who have also suffered and endured many hardships in their lives. The film is very uplifting, with a happy and hopeful ending, despite references to AIDS, kidnapping, monsters and other dangers which are suspensefully, but never graphically presented in animated segments of the film.

** Thanks to the Seattle Globalist for their sponsorship of this screening! **




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My Giraffe

Saturday, January 26 – 1:00pm

Barbara Brederoo, The Netherlands, 2017, 1h 14m
Ages 7+
(live action)

** US premiere! **

Patterson was born on the same day as his best friend Raf, a giraffe! The two of them get to spend a lot of time together because Patterson’s grandfather is a zookeeper, and they share everything—until Patterson goes to school for the first time and learns the that giraffes aren’t allowed there!

At school, Patterson misses Raf, but begins to make new friends and have new experiences. Still, human friends just aren’t the same, so Patterson devises a plan to bring the giraffe to school…


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Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory

Sunday, January 27 – 3:00pm

Manuel Flurin Hendry, Switzerland, 2017, 1h 36m
Ages 6+
(live action, Swiss-German and English subtitles)

Papa Moll is home alone with his kids over the weekend, and mayhem ensues! And while he works overtime at the chocolate factory, the kids get into a feud with the boys next door, a fight about cotton candy, homework and the most famous circus dog in the world.

** Thanks to our community partner the Seattle Area German American School for their support of this screening! **




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