FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

GENDER PIONEERS (School Shorts Program)

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SCHOOL PROGRAM – Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form

In this short film collection, connect with the past through Woman Dress, witness Hannah explore her old and new relationships in high school, and experience other stories of gender identity.

Teens must deal with identity issues every day. In one film, facing intolerance, Oscar stands up for who they are and lives on their own terms. In another film, a Two Spirit person named Woman Dress travels the Plains, gathering and sharing stories. Featuring archival images and dramatized re-enactments, this film does honor without imposing colonial binaries on them. In the last short, When Hannah arrives at high school, she's nervous a classmate from middle school will not respect her privacy. Hannah wonders if it’s time for her to tell her new friends about her identity before the narrative is no longer in her hands.

Shorts Program Duration: 66 minutes

Themes: GLBTQIA gender pioneers in history and present time: trans, intersex, nonbinary, among others.

Language: This program is presented in English and Olelo Niihau with English subtitles

Content Advisory: This program contains Mature Themes.

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