FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

IMMIGRATION STORIES (School Shorts Program)

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These short films shed new light on the reality and life experiences that immigrants and refugees face as they try to begin their new lives.


Stories of refugees and immigration are at the top of the news each day. These films bring stories to life in a new way for us to understand what it's really like. In the first short taking place in a converted hotel in Athens, Zhenos has been living with her family in a state of perpetual uncertainty. Using layered imagery, the film documents the complex reality of an Afghan girl who is navigating her coming-of-age and is continually shadowed by dark memories. In another short, we meet Gabriel who wants to join a group known for their kindness and charity towards the village refugees. However, when Gabriel's father gets into a fight with one of the local refugees, Gabriel's quest becomes challenging.


Shorts Program Duration: 62 minutes


Themes: Immigration stories both immigrant point-of-view and newcomers; carrying on tradition despite displacement; coming of age in a transitory setting.


Language: This program is presented in Portuguese, Farsi, Persian, and Norwegian with English subtitles


Content Advisory: This program contains Mature Themes.


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

THE KICKSLED CHOIR (Short Film)


Synopsis: Ten-year-old Gabriel loves to sing and has one desire: to sing in the local choir. The group rides a kick-sled through the snowy landscape of Northern-Norway and is known for their kindness towards the village refugees. But when Gabriel's father gets into a fight with one of the local refugees, Gabriel's quest to join The Kicksled Choir becomes challenging.


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.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    18 minutes
  • Language
    Norwegian with English subtitles
  • Country
    Norway
  • Premiere
    Chicago
  • Director
    Torfinn Iversen
  • Producer
    Julia Andersen