Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Canada, in English)
* 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.
Thursday, January 31 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Iran, in Farsi with Eng. 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.
Friday, February 1 – 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2 – 5:00pm
(Feature from Germany/Kenya, in Swahili, Kikuyu & English, with Eng. 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.
Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Brazil, in Portuguese with Eng. subtitles)
* 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.
Saturday, February 2 – 3:00pm
(Feature from United Kingdom, Romania, Finland & Italy, in Arabic, Romanian, Finnish, Juba Arabic & English, with Eng. subtitles)
* North American premiere! Co-presented with Reel Grrls *
One Girl is a documentary that takes an intimate 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, children can show us our differences and similarities, portraying their inner beauty and sometimes their hard challenges. They teach us to be more sympathetic with “others” and give us a better understanding of our world.
Sunday, January 27 – 5:00pm
(Feature from India, in Ladakhi with Eng. subtitles)
* Co-presented with Tasveer South Asian Film Festival *
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?
Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Japan, in Japanese with Eng. subtitles)
* North American premiere! *
This is the story of a lone girl Chieri, whose father has recently died, and her only friend Cherry, a stuffed animal that helps the girl, overcomes her fear and finds the light in life again. But to do that, she needs to embark on a mysterious adventure where fantasy and reality blend and blur. In the end, Chieri understands the way to go on.
Saturday, January 26 – 3:00pm
(Feature from Swaziland/German, in Siswati & English, with Eng. 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.
Saturday, January 26 – 1:00pm
(Feature from The Netherlands, in Dutch with Eng. subtitles)
* US premiere! *
Patterson was born on the same day as his best friend Raf, a giraffe. Because his grandfather is a zookeeper, Patterson gets to spend a lot of time with Raf. They share everything. That is, until Patterson goes to school for the first time and finds out that giraffes aren’t allowed there.
Sunday, January 27 – 3:00pm
(Feature from Switzerland, in Swiss-German with Eng. subtitles)
The one weekend when Mr. Moll is home alone with the kids, absolute chaos breaks loose. While working overtime in the chocolate factory, Mr. Moll’s kids get into a fight with the neighbor’s kids about sweets, homework and the most famous Circus Dog.