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

Short films that tell the stories of indigenous people from Australia to America and around the globe.

Whether an oral history is passed down, a living history is carried on by youngsters, or truths are confronted and dealt with every day, the characters in this collection of short films have stories that must be heard. In one exciting adventure, with their country under threat from a huge dust cloud and the mysterious Takers that lurk within, a small group of Indigenous kids in Australia have to make their way to the Thalu, a place of great power. In the last film, being Native American is to be challenged, to be strong and to be resilient. It is not to be silenced, but to be heard for those who have lost their ability to speak. Join this dynamic activist as she shares her family and community's journey to retain the sacred rituals and values of their culture.

Shorts Program Duration: 68 minutes

Themes: Exploring heritage of indigenous peoples' culture, language, religion, community.

Language: This program is presented in English, Kukuma-Kukamiria, Olelo Niihau, and Ngarluma with English subtitles.

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


Synopsis: A long time ago, before there were rivers in the Amazon rainforest, a Kukama God stood poised in his canoe, holding aloft his bow and arrows. Peruvian artists created more than 2,000 paintings to bring this ancient legend to life. In a world that puts a price tag on nature, this animation takes viewers inside the magic of the Amazon region, reminding us of our sacred connection to water. Narrated in Kukama, an endangered language.

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.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    4 minutes
  • Language
    Kukama-Kukamiria with English subtitles
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Miguel Araoz Cartagena