Boston International Kids Film Festival!

BOSTON AND AROUND, NEWS | | April 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

So my kids are off next week and I am thinking man it never felt like they needed a vacation with all those snow days right? But I got to take them somewhere, or the guilt angels will not be too kind so I was thrilled to know that the Boston International Kids Festival was NEXT WEEK!

The film adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” ranked by American Film Institute as one of the greatest American films of all time, will kick off the festival on the evening of April 15th. So here is a sneak peek at what’s going to be shown.

Feature length films include:

Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer (Sri Lanka)

This documentary follows a young Sri Lankan girl as she attempts to follow in her father’s footsteps to become the first female “mahout” a trainer of wild elephants. This will be the Boston Premiere!

The Secret of Kells (Ireland)

Oscar nominated for 2010 “Best Animated Film” the Secret of Kells is an adventure story  blending magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology to tell a story of the power of imagination and faith to carry people through the darkest times.

Alamar (Mexico)

A semi-documentary film with breath taking cinematography following a father and his young son during a journey at sea on the Chinchorro reef off the coast of Mexico. Recipient of several festival awards.

Only When I Dance (Brazil)

This documentary film tells the story of two young men who’ve come to the Centro de Danco school of dance from the favellas of Rio de Janeiro, notorious slums, with aspirations of becoming professional ballet dancers.

Summer Wars (Japan)

Anime film about a teen romance in the country side of Japan.

Stranger (Iran)

A film about a new teacher and his students from a schoolhouse in Iran.  A Kids First! Film Fest juror describes the film as “an uplifting drama that provides a lovely snapshot of humanity with interesting insight into rural life in Iran”.

My So-Called Enemy (Israel)

Produced by Wayland, MA native Lisa Gossels,  this documentary follows six young Palestinian and Israeli women who meet as teens during a youth leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. The film depicts the painstaking effort behind even the smallest steps toward peace.

The films are being shown here:

Capitol Theatre, 204 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA

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