FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival


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In this collection of shorts, characters find the solution to their external problems by looking inward.

The characters in this collection of shorts look inward to find resources for managing outward circumstances. In a mockumentary, Jessie is unhappy, constantly comparing her development with others until she learns to strive in her own way. In another short, Zhenos comes of age while living in a converted hotel for refugee families. In another short a boy struggles with the shadows that chase constantly chase him, until he realizes his classmates face similar stresses.

Shorts Program Duration: 72 minutes

Themes: Identity, self-reflection, overcoming isolation, anxiety, daily stress.

Language: This program is presented in English, Nonverbal and Farsi with English subtitles.

Content Advisory: This program contains Mature Themes.

Geoblocking Notice: This program is only available in the Chicagoland area.


Synopsis: Being Native American is to be challenged, to be strong, and resilient. It is not to be silenced, but to be heard, to be powerful, for those who have lost their ability to speak. Join this dynamic teen activist as she shares her family and community's journey to retain the sacred rituals and values of their culture.

Program Type: School Program and Public Program – Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form

Geoblocking Notice: This film is only available in the Chicagoland area.

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  • Director
    Daunnette Moniz-Reyome
  • Producer
    Evan Mascagni