For the Planet (Ages 11+ Environmental Short Film Program)

Friday, February 28 – 7:00pm
Sunday, March 1 – 3:30pm

Ages 11+

These live-action and animation films are about the earth, its future, and Gen Z heroes who are willing to fight for it.

77 min.

** Filmmaker Chelsea Keene (“Reflection”) in attendance! **

** Co-presented with Grist and Sustainable Seattle! **

** March 1st screening will include guest speaker Jesse Nichols!**

Jesse Nichols is a video producer for Grist. He makes explainer videos about climate change, science, and urbanism. He graduated from Western Washington University, where he studied visual journalism and ran the student environmental magazine. He also started making videos when he was in 5th grade.

** Content advisory: The content here is sometimes sad, as the effects of climate change and poverty are honestly portrayed. But all the children in the films are brave, and work to bend the world to their beliefs. In “Baxu and the Giants,” there are scenes with an alcoholic but loving grandmother in distress, and men shooting at a rhinoceros. **

Short Films in this Program:



(Lou Morton, Denmark & USA, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal)

In the future, people on a remote island are training for an important mission.

Trailer >



(Sébastien Baillou, Belgium, animation, 2017, 6:40 min, nonverbal)

A bird leads us into a world of plastic colors.

My Letter to the Oilsmen


(Xander de Boer, Nigeria, live-action, 2019, 15:21 min, English)

Papilou, 14, lives on the edge of a heavily polluted piece of land. He knows who polluted the land, and who must clean it up. But will Shell Oil listen to him?

199 Little Heroes: Mathis from Sweden


(Lina Luzyte, Germany & Sweden, live-action, 2019, 10 min, Swedish with English subtitles)

Mathis is a 12-year-old Sami (Indigenous) boy living in a town in the northernmost part of Lapland. But soon, because of heavy mining, his town will cease to exist. Mathis goes on with his Sami traditions, including herding reindeer with his father.

Baxu and the Giants


(Florian Schott, Namibia, live-action, 2019, 28:40 min, in Afrikaans, English & Khoekhoe with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

Baxu, a nine-year-old girl, lives a peaceful life with her older brother Khata and her grandmother. Though her grandma drinks too much, Baxu and her brother can take care of her. But then, Baxu’s brother gets involved with a gang of poachers. It’s up to Baxu to save everyone — her family, and the giants of the Savannah.

Trailer >



(Chelsea Keene, USA, animation, 2019, 4 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

On its surface, this animated film is about two leaves. But on a deeper level, it is also a reflection on nature and humans, caught in the dance of life.

Trailer >

Salmon People


(Darrell Hillaire, Lummi Nation, live-action, 2019, 14 min, English)

This documentary, with stunning underwater footage, sharing the knowledge that is held in Coast Salish Lummi communities, detailing the importance of salmon to the land and its people.

Read about the film here.


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