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.

KAPAEMAHU (Short Film)

Synopsis: "Kapaemahu" reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary spirits within them. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, "Kapaemahu" brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation.

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
    9 minutes
  • Language
    Olelo Niihau with English subtitles
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer
  • Producer
    Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu