KIDS FIRST! Film Festival/Hawaiʻi

ALL KINE KIDS (9 films•Varied Age Groups)

Expired February 22, 2022 9:45 AM
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9 films in package
(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.

Six teenage boys in a remote village decide to work in the village cages in order to raise the money they need to rent a projector.

Juror comments: Aparat is so meaningful! I am inspired by how movies and television shows can bring people from all over the world together. Stories connect people across languages and cultures. But, seeing a film is not always possible. The boys in the story work so hard to be able to watch just one film and succeeding brings them so much joy!

Aparat is the story of six boys in the Middle East who go on a journey to rent a movie projector. They start off collecting iron and wires for hours to trade them in for a single DVD. One day they come across a movie projector but the rent is outrageous. Will they ever get to watch the movie?

I love how all of the boys work together to get the movie and how grateful they are to have the opportunity to watch it. The camera work is very still, creating a sense of calm and highlighting the professional work. There are multiple shots in each scene to bring dimension to the story. The location is amazing! The landscape and houses convey the resources the kids have and the real challenge they face meeting their simple goal. The actors express deep emotions such as disappointment and joy through facial expressions and tone of voice. Despite being different in age, they seem like a team. The director is an Iranian filmmaker who has made many short films in different genres. My favorite moment in the film is at the very end. The filmmaker is very clever in how he handled the ending. This film connects with the audience and also allows people to see kids living in a different part of the world with different resources.

The message is that stories, especially those told via film, can bring people together no matter where they are in the world.

I give Aparat 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Nyara A., KIDS FIRST!

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  • Director
    Hasan Najmabadi
  • Screenwriter
    Hasan Najmabadi
  • Producer
    Hasan Najmabadi
  • Cast
    Mahdi Gholizadeh, Ebrahim Najmabad, Emad Najmabadi
  • Cinematographer
    Erfan Ehteshami
  • Editor
    Peyman Shahmohamadi
  • Sound Design
    Peyman Shahmohamadi, Azimi