FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival


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PUBLIC PROGRAM - Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form

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: In this mockumentary, we learn that in a world full of beautiful butterflies, it is difficult for a worm named Jessie to fit in. Now that she is grown up and it is clear she will not become a butterfly herself. Jessie is unhappy constantly comparing herself to other butterflies. She decides to no longer hold herself to an unrealistic standard and instead strives to find happiness in a way that is uniquely meant for her.

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
    Stephanie Blakey
  • Producer
    Amanda Konkin