FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

NEW HORIZONS (Shorts Program)

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

In this collection of short documentaries, follow our heroes as they turn their physical disabilities into attributes, taking on athletic or artistic endeavors.

There are no limits for these physically challenged real-life heroes. In the first film, at 101 cm tall, Wu Yu-Yan has achondroplasia. However, this doesn’t discourage her. She has no time for self-pity and loves to dance and show her body with confidence. In another short, we meet Bertha, a Belgian girl fighting a rare disease with consequences on her eyesight. Bertha has her own secret weapon: creativity. Together with a renowned painter, they create inspiring paintings that they sell at a yearly fundraising art exhibition. In the last film, record holding wheelchair racer, Wheely, learns that someone in town is faster than he is. He immediately sets out to find the elusive and legendary speedster to challenge him to a race. But what new lesson does Wheely learn when he must face his "nemesis" alone?

Shorts Program Duration: 75 minutes

Themes: Dealing with physical challenges and overcoming them; strategies for internal and external supports; owning identity narrative.

Language: This program is presented in English, Mandarin, and Dutch with English subtitles.

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


Synopsis: Josh “Wheely” Wilson and his best mates, siblings Shay & Brent, are an unlikely combination. Yet the three make for an inseparable trio, determined to have a good time and tightly bound by their insatiable appetite for adventure. So, when speed demon and proud record holder Wheely learns that there’s someone in town faster, he immediately sets about finding the elusive and legendary speedster to challenge him to a race. But when Wheely must face his "nemesis" alone - what new lessons does he learn?

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
    24 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    North American
  • Director
    Isaac Elliot
  • Producer
    Nicholas Colla