Horizon Foundation Mental Health Film Festival

Chasing Childhood

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Film debuts on 10/17 at 3 PM; post-film discussion at approx. 4:25 PM. Please check the confirmation email you will receive after registering for the link to join the the post-film discussion. A reminder email will also be sent 24 hours before the start of the film.

Children's lives are consumed with wall-to-wall activities and constant monitoring -- the overprotected, over-directed, over-pressured childhood is the new normal. This film takes us to schools in affluent Wilton, CT; working class Patchogue, NY; and metropolitan Manhattan. Throughout these different stories, a central question emerges: How can we eschew harmful parenting strategies and empower our kids to become their most fully realized, authentic selves? The film offers possible solutions as journalist Lenore Skenazy, evolutionary psychologist Peter Gray, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University Julie Lythcott-Haims, and leaders of the "free play" movement fight to restore a less curated childhood.

Co-Host Organization: Oakland Mills Online

OMO supports the mental and emotional health of our community, near and far, by providing a space where children, teens, and adults can learn together on a variety of subjects that honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people and the environment. Our goal is to build stronger community connections through learning, growing, and leading together



We chose this film because…When school buildings closed in March 2020, busyness came to a halt for many families. No more daily schedules, no more after school classes, sports, or clubs, no more parents acting as taxis. OMO chose Chasing Childhood because we see ourselves, our families, and our communities reflected in the film. Chasing Childhood offers insight into how our worry for our children's future leads us parents to make choices that may not be beneficial for their present, or their future. Watching the film mid-pandemic allows us to explore how the lack of busyness during isolation impacts the children around us, and it encourages us to ponder other ways our children's lives can be when they are less scheduled. 

Don’t forget to join us for the post-film discussion 10/17 at 4:25 PM with a panel of local educators, bringing together parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to talk through modern parenting, expectations for our children’s futures, and ways communities can best support families.

By registering to join the Horizon Foundation Mental Health Film Festival you agree not to capture or record the films for personal use or public distribution.

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  • Country
    United States
  • Filmmaker
    Margaret Munzer Loeb, Eden Wurmfeld
  • Cinematographer
    Justin Schein