Unstoppable (Ages 12+ Short Film Program)

Saturday, February 29 – 11:30am

Ages 12+

These documentary and narrative films show fearless kids overcoming bias, bullying, poverty, living in wartime and other seemingly insurmountable challenges to stand strong and embrace their identities and life. Along the way, they have lessons for all of us. There is nothing that these young people can’t do.

83 min.

** Content advisory: These films are for young people who are eager to be globally aware and learn more about serious issues facing young people worldwide. Many of the films have uplifting endings. **

Short Films in this Program:

One Small Step


(Bobby Pontillas & Andrew Chesworth, USA, animation, 2018, 7 min, nonverbal)

An ambitious young girl endeavors to realize her aspiration of becoming an astronaut with the support of her father.

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199 Little Heroes: Cynthia from Burundi


(Lina Lužytė, Germany & Burundi, live-action documentary, 2018, 12 min, Kirundi with English subtitles)

Cynthia, who is 12, is very poor. Both of her parents died from malaria and her days start with fetching water, without having any breakfast. But her way to school through the village and a forest is her path to a better future, she believes. She wants to become a member of Parliament.



(Annabel Vine, UK, live-action, 2018, 10 min, English) West Coast premiere!

A dyslexic boy inadvertently shows a bully that it isn’t ‘soppy’ to love your Grandad and like spending time with him — a film with a message for teenagers as well as younger kids.

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Under My Skin


(Heleen D`Haens & Eva van Barneveld, Uganda, live-action documentary, 2019, 15 min, Swahili with English subtitles)

Sixteen-year-old Tracy carries a big secret. She is infected with the HIV virus, which she got from her mother at birth. Every day, Tracy takes medication to prevent her from becoming seriously ill. In Uganda, many people are afraid of HIV. But Tracy knows better. She decides to no longer keep her secret to herself.

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(Jitendra Rai, India, live-action, 2019, 6 min, Hindi with English subtitles)

Millions of children, engaged in child labour in India, have dreams that will never come true as a result of a lack of education. Baitullah is the story of one such child, with a dream, surviving in the dense metropolis of Mumbai, waiting for someone to notice.

199 Little Heroes: Ilyas from Italy


(Valerio Tassara, Italy, live-action documentary, 2018, 11 min, Italian with English subtitles)

Ilyas lives in Rome, with his Algerian father and Italian mother. His way to school is not a long way in terms of distance, but it’s a long way in terms of breaking prejudices and preparing the future for a multicultural open society. Ilyas is kind of a world ambassador.



(Ashish Pandey, India, live-action, 2018, 22 min, Kashmiri with English subtitles)

Nestled in Kashmir valley on the India-Pakistan border, a small village is always caught in the crossfire between the two warring nations. One night, an eight-year-old girl discovers that the gun battle rages when she sleeps, and stops when she keeps her eyes open.


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