Superpowered (Ages 9+ Short Film Program)

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30pm

Ages 9+ (age rating is for subtitles)

Is there anything kids can’t do? With the grownups in their lives sometimes cheering them on and sometimes getting in the way, the characters in this international program show kids on the move, dancing and dreaming, asking great questions and proving their superpowers.

57 min.

** Filmmaker and producer Natalia Bernel, Giselle Geney (Ramón); filmmaker Julio Cabrera, composer and musician Luis Sanz (Pasivo) in attendance! **

** Content advisory: “Maria Camila’s Gift” deals with the subject matter of a seriously ill sibling, with a happy ending. In “Sh’hab,” two kids do something dangerous, without the permission of their parents. **

Short Films in this Program:

Mitshishuss (Little Eagle)


(Christopher Grégoire-Gabriel, Canada, live-action, 2018, 2 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

A little eagle dances as his brother films him. An encounter between two artists, filmmaker-composer Christopher and powwow dancer John-Philip.

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(Julio Benito Cabrera & Gabriel Ocando, Puerto Rico, live-action, 2019, 5 min, nonverbal) World premiere! Filmmaker and composer in attendance!

A young child takes a long walk to meet a master craftsman, which turns out to be only the beginning of a long journey.

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(Natalia Bernal, Colombia & Mexico, live-action, 2019, 7 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

A young kickboxer who is strong and brave learns something very important at the end of a fight.



(Bernard Attal, Brazil, live-action, 2018, 8:20 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)

Dela is a girl with a mind of her own, who lives with her dad on the island of Itaparica in Brazil’s Bay of All Saints. She doesn’t understand why the kids at school make fun of her name and her hair. But she is determined to sort it out.

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(Andreas Cordes & Robert Köhler, Germany, 2019, 10 min, in German with English subtitles) Washington premiere!

A little boy who lives on the coast with his father has a lot of questions. But when his father can’t find the right words to answer his son, he turns to the sea for help.

Maria Camila’s Gift


(Andrés Molano Moncada, Colombia, 2019, 12 min, in Spanish with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

A young girl shows she has the funny power to transform people into animals. But who is she working so hard to amuse? A story about a sister’s love.

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(Amal Al-Muftah, Qatar, live-action, 2018, 13 min, in Arabic with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. She sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets.


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