Reel World Real Talk

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Ages 11+. 80 min.

Get globally aware with documentaries from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. These films show life as it really is for incredible youth who dream the future while overcoming daunting challenges. This program is for families and kids with deep curiosity about the world, respect and awe of cultures different from their own, and their own determination to make the world a better place.

Short Films in this Program:


When I Hear the Birds Sing

West Coast premiere! Five Ivorian children had to flee when war broke out in the Ivory Coast after the presidential election in 2010. Those children talk about their lives then, and their hopes now.

(Trine Habjorg, Norway, animation, 2016, 8 min, French with English subtitles)

Scent of Geranium

Immigration is a new chapter in one’s life, filled with unexpected events that can take a life down paths different from the one imagined. This autobiographical film is an account of the director’s experience in moving from Iran to the US. Watch the trailer >

(Naghmeh Farzaneh, USA, animation, 2016, 5 min, English)

Tsering on Top of the World

West Coast premiere! Tsering, age 11,  lives in the middle of the Himalayas. He loves nature and wants to become a mountaineer, but first, he must convince his dad.

(André Hörmann, Germany, live action, 2016, 15 min, Nepali with English subtitles)

The World of Kim & Bob

US premiere! A film about the very close and imaginative friendship between a boy and a girl at the end of their early childhood. Will impending adolescence impact their friendship?

(Sanne Rovers, The Netherlands, live action, 2016, 15 min, Dutch with English subtitles)

My Body, My Life

North American premiere! Sabina, age 12, has to be circumcised according to the tradition of the Masai Tribe, but she is fully against it and fights for the rights of the girls in her village. Watch the trailer >

(Els van Driel, The Netherlands, live action, 2017, 15 min, mostly in English with some Swahili)

Ahmad’s Hair

West Coast premiere! Syrian refugee Ahmad, age just arrived in the Netherlands. While he is busy integrating in Dutch society and trying to make new friends, it turns out he’s also on a personal, heart-warming mission. Watch the trailer >

(Susan Koenen, The Netherlands, live action, 2016, 23 min, Dutch and Arabic with English subtitles)

Content advisory: This program includes discussion of the effects of war, life as a refugee and female circumcision. Despite this intense subject matter, this program is uplifting and affirming of youth’s ability to make a difference in their world.