No Walls (CFFS 2018)

Sun, Jan 28, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 10:30
Sat, Feb 3, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Ages 12+. 80 min.

In these narrative films from Mexico, Iran, Tanzania, Australia, Spain, and the USA, you’ll meet young people who must transcend expectations that limit them. Meet a basketball player who surpasses the limitations of the game, run away with friends who want to live in a place where feel more at home. Encounter a girl who says no to becoming a child bride, another girl, in Iran, who simply wants to learn to read. This program makes it clear: youth all over the world long for the same things: to laugh, to live, to learn, to live in peace and to be respected for who they are. Many people, both powerful and weak, will try to build walls, but the dreams of the next generation cannot be denied.

Short Films in this Program:



Seattle premiere! A high school sophomore moves to a new school and wants to try out for the reigning state champion boys basketball team. The player goes out and shows extraordinary skill, worthy of making the roster, until the team finds out the student’s biggest secret. Watch the trailer >

(Jeannie Donohoe, USA, live action, 2017, 15 min, English)


Two Australian-Lebanese kids feel displaced in Australia so they run away in search of Lebanon, where they believe their true home to be. Watch the trailer >

(Christian Ghazal, Australia, live action, 2016, 12 min, English)

Far From Home

West coast premiere! When a Japanese girl is left behind by her tourist bus in a small Mexican town, it falls on a teenage boy to take her safety. Along the way, they discover they have everything in common except a language.

(Mayra Veliz, Mexico, live action, 2016, 13 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

From On High

US premiere! A Syrian refugee girl and a European boy combine religious forms to create a kite that represents freedom and peace. Watch the trailer >

(Dawn Westlake USA/Spain, live action, 2017, 8 min, Spanish and French with English subtitles)

Black Head Cow

Seattle premiere! In a remote Maasai village in rural Tanzania, a young primary school girl is suddenly confronted by an arranged marriage. Watch the trailer >

(Elizabeth Nichols, Tanzania, live action, 2016, 12 min, Maasai/Swahili with English subtitles)


World premiere! A young girl who works in the streets, selling flowers to people in cars stopped in traffic, feels a window to the world open when another girl decides to help her learn to read.

(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2017, 18 min, Persian with English subtitles)

Content advisory: In “Displaced,” one mildly coarse word is said four times. Other films deal with tough subject matter. “From On High” contains footage of refugee camps, with voiceover of world politicians expressing anti-immigrant rhetoric. “Black Head Cow” is about the plight of a would-be child bride, and “Stars” deals with extreme poverty. Still, this program is an overall uplifting one for ages 12 and older.