KIDS FIRST! Film Festival/Hawaiʻi

ALL KINE KIDS (9 films•Varied Age Groups)

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(Ages 5-12) An urban fairy tale about Ashton, a lonely boy with neglectful parents, who embarks on a global adventure when he enters a contest to become the new butler of Bob Chan, a grieving, reclusive singer. The first film by nine-year-old writer/director Andrew Chan-Possemato.
(Ages 8-18) Smothered by an adoring, over-protective mom, 12-year-old Bryce Yancy Paul (Bip) is pushed to the brink of pubescent revolution. It’s time to ripen. Bloom. Break the shackles of parental paranoia. It’s the Age of Bryce. Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
(Ages 10-18) This short film is about one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world - the Mongolian Dukha tribe. The film focuses on their way of life, how reindeers came to live with humans, and discusses the life of five-year old Tuvshuu, who may be destined to be one of the last reindeer herders.
(Ages 8-14) Hassan has just moved to the US from Egypt and to make things harder, this 2nd grader is a shy little guy.
(Ages 6-18) Six teenage boys in a remote village decide to work in the village cages to rent an 8 mm projector from a tour guide..
(Ages 10-18) It was a blistering hot day, and, as a chubby kid on summer break, Bruno's only goals were to avoid his chores and stay cool while awaiting the sweet jingle of the ice cream truck.
(Ages 10-18) Iris and Leo are waiting for their school bus, just like any other day. This morning, however, it does not arrive. Facing no rules but their own, the two eight year-olds embark on an urban adventure, one they shall never forget, roaming the streets of Montreal.
(Ages 12-14) Close friends Alex and Yan Bo, eighth-graders, cram for a test in a prestigious prep school. Once they're accused of cheating off of one another, their friendship is threatened.
(Ages 12-18) Yana, a heroic 10-year-old girl, is given the task of cleaning up the shards of her parents' broken marriage in the attic of her former home.
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9 films • 1h49m • Varied Age Groups

Delightful tales of kids being kids, everywhere -- from the US, Canada, Belgium, Iran, and Mongolia.

In the remote taiga of northern Mongolia live the Dukha, one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world. Tuvshuu is five years old. He and his sisters help with their family's herd at the summer camp, where there are cool winds and plenty of grass. Their way of life and knowledge of reindeer has been passed down for millennia. With less than 40 Dukha families left in the world, Tuvshuu will have some big decisions ahead.

Juror comments: The Dukha is a beautifully shot, enjoyable, and educational documentary that explores a topic that few think of. The film is a mix of stop motion scenes and live-action shots - a mix that could go wrong, but certainly doesn't in this film!

This short film is about one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world - the Mongolian Dukha tribe. The film focuses on their way of life, how reindeers came to live with humans and discuss the life of five-year-old Tuvshuu, who may be destined to be one of the last reindeer herders.

The idea behind The Dukha is amazing and well-executed. There is a compartmentalized focus on who the Dukha are, how reindeer came to live with them, and all about Tuvshuu and the path ahead of him. At times I wished that they had focused on one of these three things, rather than dividing our attention between them. It would have been more enlightening to see some interviews with other Dukha or to learn more about how they interact with the reindeer.

I learned a bit about the Mongols in my world history class and took a tiny bit of knowledge of nomadic life into the film, but realized how much of a difference there is between seeing nomadic life in action and reading about it in a textbook. The filmmakers have captured the raw, deep essence of the life of these nomads in the high Mongolian altitudes. I love the shots of the Dukha interacting with their reindeer, and of course, seeing Tuvshuu and other kids learning how to ride reindeer is super adorable.

The film is set in the picturesque mountains of Mongolia; it's a beautiful backdrop for a film, with lush green pastures in the temperate summertime. There are several shots inside the Dukha’s colorful tents and well-lit tents. Truly unique; no two tents are the same. The music in the film is one-of-a-kind, with lilting tunes that accentuate the tone of the film. In especially happy scenes, the music rises in volume and there are often some interesting beats thrown in. There are some stop motion scenes throughout the film, especially at the beginning and during vignettes of myths or tales. These add some flavor to the film and are seamlessly executed. Most of these scenes involve some

background noises, like a flowing freshwater stream. The background noises are clearly recorded and cut together well. Just for the cuteness factor, Tuvshuu, the young five-year-old nomad, stands out the most in this film. Directors Carmen Morrow and Zach Wolf also deserve to be commended for their work in researching, shooting, and editing this film; it’s truly a beautiful piece of art! I learned more about the nomadic way of life of the Dukha and how reindeer live among them. My favorite scene is watching a young child mounting a reindeer with his mother's help and experiencing a massive thrill when the reindeer follows his directions and moves forward. That was so heartwarming!

By spotlighting the Dukha, the film aims to educate viewers about a way of life that few know about and still remains

I give this beautiful film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. This is a great educational film and makes you want to learn more about Mongolian nomads. Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!

  • Year
  • Runtime
  • Language
    Mongolian, English
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
  • Director
    Carmen Morrow, Zach Wolf
  • Screenwriter
    Shasta McBride