FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

GENDER JOURNEYS: WRITING OUR NARRATIVE (Shorts Program)

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Searching for and exploring one’s identity is not limited to adulthood. In this collection of shorts, we see humans and spirits alike expressing who they truly are.


Join these gender pioneers as they look to take back their identity. One film reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – which hold legendary nonbinary spirits within them. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, this award-winning film brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation. Another short tells an emotionally compelling story of an articulate girl who is thoughtfully defining her future while surrounded by a family and community who show her unconditional love. In the last short, Skylar faces the complexities of being a transgender girl on the cusp of puberty with refreshing honesty and unshakable dignity.


Shorts Program Duration: 60 minutes


Themes: Taking back gender narratives from GLBTQIA youth perspective.


Language: This program is presented in English, Nonverbal and Olelo Niihau 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
    2019
  • Runtime
    9 minutes
  • Language
    Olelo Niihau with English subtitles
  • Country
    USA
  • Premiere
    Chicago
  • Director
    Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer
  • Producer
    Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu