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Longing & Belonging: Live Action Films

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This collection of live action shorts show how kids all over the world long for the same things: to love, to laugh, to love, to share time with their families, and find their passions. Get globally aware as you meet sweet children who dream of their homeland, boys and girls who feel passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who must overcome bullying, a boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who competes not for himself, but for his whole community. Running time: 66 minutes. Best for ages 8+ though can also be appreciated by most younger viewers.

Dir. Shatha Alghabri, Malaysia, live action, 2016, 4:26 mins, in Arabic with English subtitles
Yemeni children share their experiences of being refugees, as they recount what they have seen and what they miss.

Dir. Cassiana Maranha, Brazil, live action, 2014, 3:27 mins, in Brazilian sign language with English subtitles
Valentino hears less, and feels more. He will grow up to be a musician.

The Debt
Dir. Helen Flanagan, Ireland, live action, 2016, 12 mins, in English
Ten-year-old Daithi is afflicted with a serious crush, but will his feelings get in the way of his loyalty to his best friend?

Shirin's Dream
Dir. Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2016, 15 mins, in Farsi with English subtitles
After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim
Dir. Jaehuen Chung, USA, live action, 2016, 14:40 mins, mostly in English, but some Korean with English subtitles
A Korean-American boy makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is something he can be much more proud of.

I am Yup'ik
Dir. Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, USA, live action, 2016, 17 mins, in English and Yup’ik with English subtitles
In this inspiring documentary, an Alaskan Yup’ik teenager travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.