Unstoppable (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 1:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 10:30am

Ages 12+

These tales of growing up include narrative and documentary films about young people from Mexico, Romania, India, Guatemala, China and the US who, despite huge challenges and long odds, look to the future with hope and determination.

76 min.

Content advisory: Some films in the program show conflict between parents and young people, and difficult living situations.

** Director Julio Benito Cabrera (Danaé) in attendance! **

Co-presented with American Romanian Cultural Society




Short Films in this Program:

The Bookmobile


(Julie Zammarchi, US, animation, 2015, 4 min, English)

Storm Reyes was already working full time with other migrant farm workers in the fields outside Tacoma, Washington. One day, a bookmobile arrived and brought her new worlds —and hope.



(Aldo Sotelo Lázaro, Mexico, live action, 2017, 14 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

A boy helps his father collect garbage, but in the trash, he searches for a bigger idea of his place in the cosmos.



(Julio Cabrera Cabrera, US [Puerto Rico], live action, 2018, 5 min, English) World premiere!

A young artist from Montréal decides to devote her life to making murals with children all over the world.

Girl on a Mission


(Sharona Buijert, The Netherlands, live action, 2018, 16 min, Romanian with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

Will Miruna be able to balance her home life with achieving her dream of becoming a police officer?

Trailer >

The Monsoonshow


(Annelies Kruk & Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden, The Netherlands, live action, 2018, 16 min, Hindi with English subtitles)

Kunai, age 14, is completely blind, but in his opinion, it is not a problem because he is bursting with talent. His grandma is convinced as well; he can, for example, name all the capitals in the world and blow away everyone with his raspy singing voice.

Trailer >

199 Little Heroes: Diego from Guatemala


(Sigrid Klausmann, Germany, live action, 2018, 11 min, Ixil with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Diego’s generation is the first in 25 years with access to education in the remote Maya village, and now, he dreams of being a teacher, in spite of hard challenges he still faces.

Iron Hands


(Johnson Cheng, US & China, live action, 2017, 11 min, Mandarin with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.

Trailer >



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