Saturday, January 26 – 11:30am
This program celebrates beautiful and complex stories of identity and diversity — just like you, the people you will meet in this program are one of kind, finding their way towards their authentic selves, rejecting stereotypes and reaching out to others who respect and affirm their journeys.
Content advisory: Animated characters in “Flash Flood” do not wear clothes, but their bodies do not signal any gender characteristics. In Little Heroes two Israeli boys discuss terrorism, in a simplistic way, through the lens of fear that they have learned. In Cat Days a doctor smokes. In Tough there is imagery of a gun while a daughter hears her mother’s memory of serving in an army.
Short Films in this Program:
(Lucas Hespenheide, US, 2017, animation, 1 min, English) Seattle premiere!
An introspective look at the differences between people, and learning to love who you are.
Aidan and Albert Sykes
(Richard O’Connor, US, 2017, animation, 3 min, English)
9-year-old Aidan Sykes, of Jackson, Mississippi, asks his father, Albert, a few important questions.
(John Frickey, Japan & Germany, animation, 2018, 11 min, Japanese with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!
What happens when you are told you are cat, but you know you are really a boy?
(Ali MacKay, Canada & US, animation, 2107, 6 min, English)
Deep within an animated dream, three transgender people confront a cataclysmic flood.
199 Little Heroes: Newo from Israel
(Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler, Germany, live action documentary, 2018, 15 min, Hebrew with English subtitles) North American premiere!
A boy in Israel loves ballet, and finds friends and family who support him.
The Importance of Finding the Other
(Marcy Lyn Frutchey, US, live action, 2017, 9 min, English) Seattle premiere!
A young, biracial girl sets out to discover what it means to be an “other.”
(Jennifer Zhang, UK, animation, 2016, 5 min, in Mandarin and English, with English subtitles)
A British-born daughter has grown mature enough to be more curious about her mother’s experiences in China, and understand how differently she grew up.
The Big Picture
(Pooja Das Sarka, India, live action, 2017, 20 min, English and Hindi with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!
A teenager’s love of Bollywood musicals leads him to question why people believe there are certain things men and women should and shouldn’t do.