World Lens (CFFS 2018)

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 @ 5:30

Ages 11+. 50 min.

Program curated by Niki Chinamanthur and Julia Berkey! Children’s Film Festival Seattle is proud to be one of more than 50 partners of PLURAL+ — a festival of youth-made films that encourages young people worldwide to share their visions of the world through films about migration, diversity, social inclusion and eliminating xenophobia. The films in this program are recent prizewinners at the PLURAL+ 2017 festival, presented by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. The festival’s winner of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle Prize, “Can You See the Future,” kicks off the program.

Please visit Kids 4 Peace, who will have a table in the lobby for this screening!

Short Films in this Program:


Can You See the Future?

West Coast premiere and winner of the CFFS Plural+ Prize, for an international film by a filmmaker 25 years or younger! If you look closely, you can see that children are always dreaming of what they will be. This film encourages us all to support those dreams.

(Ismet Kale, Turkey, live action and animation, 2017, 2 min, nonverbal)


In this stop motion animation, made entirely on post-it notes, we follow a figure who moves to a new place after losing their home and faces trouble finding their place in their new home.

(Quinn Darce, New Zealand, animation, 2017, 1 min, Non-verbal)

Child of All Nations

West Coast premiere!After moving to the city for his education, Oki discovers that he is prejudiced against as a member of a Indonesian racial minority.

(Hariz Ghifar, Indonesia, live-action, 2017, 3 min, Bahasa with English subtitles)

Flowers to the Sea

West Coast premiere! Gabriela, a seventeen year old from Sao Paulo, talks about her work helping Syrian refugees in Greece.

(Bruno Tarpani, Brazil, live-action, 2017, 5 min, Portuguese with English subtitles)

My Story

A poetic rumination on the psychological effects of Islamophobia.

(Moiz Khan, Breech Harani, Pakistan, live-action & animation, 2016, 4 min, English)

My Father is Coming

A young girl who’s father must live far away in Africa in order to work discusses the complexities of emotions when her grandfather’s illness means that she can see her father more often.

(Nahyr, Sanjeeta, Kabir, Soumya, Devansh, Khushi, Thanmayee, Renusri, India, live-action & animation, 2017, 2 min, English)

See Actions, Not Colors

Although most people see dogs as nothing more than animals, we can learn a lot about humanity from the way they see the world.

(Joana Vieira, Joana Maria Sousa, Rita Laranjeira, Portugal, live-action, 2017, 1 min, English)


West Coast premiere! Based on the stories of six asylum seeker mothers in Finland, Reflections explores the difficulties these women have gone through and the beauty they are able to create in the world for the sake of their children.

(Saara-Miira Kokkonen and Heta Laiho, Finland, 2017, live-action, 5 min, Finnish with English subtitles)


Seattle Premiere! A mother and daughter use a viewfinder to look at family photos and hold onto the life they left behind when they were forced to flee their home because of the civil war in Syria.

(Ramazzan Kilic, Turkey, 2017, live-action, 3 min, Turkish with English subtitles)


West Coast premiere! In this political and poetic documentary, two young Innu woman make a passionate plea to address the environmental dangers affecting Innu territory and protecting the rivers, the “ancestors’ highways,” which are so important to Aboriginal identity.

(Uapukun Mestokosho, Shanice Mollen-Picard, Canada, 2015, live-action, 6 min, French/Innu)


West Coast Premiere! A mother and daughter who are forced to flee their home face discrimination in their village because of their physical appearance and they endure many hardships before they learn to accept themselves

(Precious Mika Elnah Quilaton, Ace John Quintos, Reuben Perez, Lohan Povenyca, Philipines, 2017, animation, 5 min,  English)

We Are Human

North American premiere! Shot in response to a series of nationwide Afrophobic attacks in South Africa, Africans resist stereotypes and assert our shared humanity as neighbors and humans.

(Louise Kanza and Stuart Williams, South Africa, 2017, live-action, 2 min, English)

The True Impact

When we commit acts of violence, who are we really hurting?

(Babar Ali, Sarah Randolph, Nepal, 2016, live-action, 1 min, English)

The Sisters of Manohara

Living in poverty in Nepal, two young women aspire to gain an education and build a better lives for themselves.

(Aditya Khadka, Nepal, 2017, live-action, 5 min, Nepali)

The Five Senses Meaningless

North American premiere! Our five sense make us see the beautiful vibrant world we live in, but they also show us the ugliness and hardships of life.

(Sofia Marvizon Padilla, Spain, 2017, live-action, 1 min, Spanish)


In war torn Syria, a family tries to hold onto life, hope and happiness in the absence of peace.

(Salih Hasnawi, Syria, 2016, live-action, 2 min, Arabic)

I Am Limitless

A young Muslim woman pushes back against reductive stereotypes and argues for more complex understandings of people.

(Lina Abojaradeh, Jordan, 2017, live-action, 2 min,  English)

Content Advisory: The directors of many of these films are exploring content that is sometimes disturbing, including discrimination, poverty, war, and the difficulties of migration. Still, these films are full of hope for a better world.