About Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

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This collection of live-action shorts show how kids from all over the world long for the same things: to love, to laugh, to share time with their families, and find their passions. Get globally aware as you meet sweet children who dream of their homeland, boys and girls who feel passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who must overcome bullying, a boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who competes not for himself, but for his whole community. Films in this international live-action shorts film program include: Displacement (Malaysia), The Debt (Ireland), Shirin’s Dream (Iran), and Valentino (Brazil). Several films contain English subtitles. Suggested for children age 8 and older, though can also be appreciated by most younger viewers. (HD Presentation)

Short films included in this program include:

(Shatha Alghabri, Malaysia, 2016, 4:26 min, in Arabic with English subtitles)
Yemeni children share their experiences of being refugees, as they recount what they have seen and what they miss.

(Cassiana Maranha, Brazil, 2014, 3:27 min, in Brazilian sign language with English subtitles)
Valentino hears less, and feels more. He will grow up to be a musician.

The Debt
(Helen Flanagan, Ireland, 2016, 12 min, in English)
Ten-year-old Daithi is afflicted with a serious crush, but will his feelings get in the way of his loyalty to his best friend?

Shirin’s Dream
(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, 2016, 15 min, in Farsi with English subtitles)
After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim
(Jaehuen Chung, USA, 2016, 14:40 min, mostly in English, but some Korean with English subtitles)
A Korean-American boy makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is something he can be much more proud of.

I am Yup'ik
(Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, USA, 2016, 17 min, in English and Yup’ik with English subtitles)
In this inspiring documentary, an Alaskan Yup’ik teenager travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.

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