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Change can be difficult to face. These stories of perseverance and triumph will inspire you to face what may come.

For Ages 11-14 | 77 minutes | Presented in English, nonverbal, and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Be Unstoppable/Persistence, death/grief, friendship, Overcome Obstacles/Adversity 

Akesi and the secrets of the forest

Part I of the trilogy "Akesi and the Congo River", "Akesi and the secrets of the forest" introduces Akesi in his hometown of Brazzaville. Trying to make sense of his brother’s death, Akesi is led to the river, where a mystical journey unfolds. Seeing how the tribes celebrate those they’ve lost allows Akesi to make peace with his grief and enter a new state of understanding the cultures that surround him.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
    Dutch, English, French, German
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Midwest Premiere
  • Director
    Saïd Abitar, Curt Fortin
  • Screenwriter
    Curt Fortin
  • Producer
    Eva Vonk, Tainá Moreno