The Providence Children’s Film Festival begins tonight! Here are a few highlights of films from this year’s spectacular line up that might be of special interest to young adult viewers. Be sure to view the full schedule for showtimes and more!
Salaam Dunk is an insightful look into young Iraqi life as experienced by a current women’s college basketball team. The players are a fascinating and genuinely inspiring bunch, and the squad’s mere existence provides a stirring example of the possibilities for young Iraqis outside the country’s war zones.
Le Tableau overflows with charm and personality, more than enough to ensnare the hearts of adults and kids alike. The film is set within the world of an idyllic, but incomplete painting, whose painter has long since abandoned his hapless creations.
Kauwboy is the story of Jojo, a lively 10-year-old with a difficult home life marked by a volatile father and an absent mother, who finds solace in an abandoned baby jackdaw (“kauw” in Dutch). Through the special friendship he builds with the bird, the bond between Jojo and his father will be strengthened or broken.
The Human Tower: Three countries. One passion. Three hundred bodies — climbing, reaching the sky to build a human tower. This documentary film cuts between groups in India, Spain and Chile, leading to a major climatic scene that will take your breath away and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Modern Times is one of the most acclaimed works of Charlie Chaplin, once dubbed “the most famous man in the world” and long recognized as one of the preeminent icons of both comedy and cinema. This film can make a child (or the child in us) laugh with abandon while truly empathizing with the down and out Tramp.
People In Motion follows five west coast parkour practitioners who share a passion for movement. As one practitioner comments, “If you listen to the movement it teaches us to touch the world and interact instead of being sheltered by it.”
Head Games is a powerful documentary on the devastating effects of head injuries in sports by the Academy Award nominated director of Hoop Dreams, Steve James. With the lens focused on hockey, women’s soccer and, most disturbingly, teenage football leagues, Head Games makes the powerful argument that repeated blows to the head, once considered something to simply shrug off, can have fateful, long-term consequences.