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

In these shorts, one can watch as our protagonists find community and support through unlikely friends and family.

Self-reflection is important, but understanding one's community is an important element of that. In one film, Olive relates her journey from isolation to better mental health and self-care. In another short, when a girl looks to isolate herself, an unseen friend reaches out with help. In the last film, we hear a personal story of grief and learn how the interactions we may deem insignificant can play a huge part in how we live our lives. We are only as strong as those we choose to surround ourselves with.

Shorts Program Duration: 75 minutes

Themes: Managing behavioral health, coping with internal and external stressors; recognizing and developing external supports.

Language: This program is presented in English, Nonverbal, Norwegian and Spanish with English subtitles.

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


Synopsis: Clara is a self-demanding, perfectionist, nine-year-old girl. Despite her efforts and the temptations her friend Bea offers continuously, she gets a failing grade in Physical Education. She has embarked along a path of obsessions and self-deception that will lead her to fall into a bottomless pit. A journey through darkness on which she'll lose everything including the people close to her, in particular her parents. Filled with doubt and questions, what will be the beacon to show her the way out of the tunnel?

Program Type: School Program and Public Program – Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form 

Content Advisory: This film contains Mature Themes

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

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    11 minutes
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  • Director
    Juan Carlos Mostaza
  • Producer
    The Cathedral Media