September 1st-5th

Main Hall and Screening Room

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Join us for the 2017 Westchester International Children’s Film Festival from September 1st-5th.  Program is listed below

 

Feature Films (All Feature Films show in the Main Hall)

 

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At Eye Level

Friday September 1st at 4:00pm

For ages 12+

11-year-old Michi lives in a children’s home, every day fighting to win the respect of the other kids and dreaming of the day he will find his dad. But then he meets Tom – who happens to be a dwarf — and his fantasies turn into complex reality. When the kids find out, Michi’s life becomes hell and he flees. With nowhere to go, he moves in with Tom, who is new to this fatherhood thing, while Michi tries to hide his embarrassment from his fellow school kids. This forces Tom to confront his difference head-on. As time passes, Tom and Michi discover they have more in common than other sons and fathers. This film teaches us about forgiveness, letting go of friendships, and setting boundaries of trust and respect.

Notes to parents: The film contains a few harsh swear words and scenes of intense bullying.

 

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Nelly’s Adventure

Saturday September 2nd at 4:00pm

For ages 10+

Thirteen-year-old Nelly’s holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her family’s secret plan to relocate there. Running away to avoid the reality of her fate, she walks straight into the hands of kidnappers! Their leader is an unscrupulous German engineer, plotting to destroy her father’s energy project by forcing the family to leave the country. Nelly, in turn, befriends two young Roma siblings, Tibi and Roxana, who aid her in her adventurous escape. Together, they cross mountains and rivers, flee from a dungeon, board a moving train, “borrow” a car and become the heroes of the day!

Notes to parents: The young characters in the film face danger. There is some drinking by adults, and a few mild swear words.

 

Swim Team screening and Post film Q&A with Director Lara Stolman

Sunday September 3rd at 4:00pm

Main Hall

Kelvin Truong dives into the pool as coach Mike McQuay, Sr. gives encouragement.

Swim Team
Directed by Lara Stolman
US, 2017, 100 min., in English

SWIM TEAM is a feature documentary chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of SWIM TEAM is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and underserved in autism intervention and education. The film follows three of the team’s star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, SWIM TEAM captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

Stay for a Q&A with Director Lara Stolman

Director Lara Stolman

Director Lara Stolman

Lara’s work has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC, VH-1 and The New York Times’ website. Her film Portraits of Survival, about coming to terms with the tragedy of 9/11 through art was selected for the Hamptons International Film Festival, aired on MSNBC and was awarded the Cine Golden Eagle.
For Swim Team, her first feature documentary film, she was named an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow, awarded the New York Women in Film and Television- Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant and was provided with funding from the Karma Foundation, The Aetna Foundation and Easterseals. Swim Team will be released theatrically in July of 2017 and will air on PBS’ acclaimed non fiction showcase POV later in the year.
Lara has guest lectured on documentary production at NYU, served as a juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards and writes for the Huffington Post. She has a BA in Political Science from Columbia College of Columbia University and JD from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

 

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Moussa

Monday September 4th at 4:00pm

A moving documentary that tells the story of Mussa, a 12-year-old African refugee living in one of Tel Aviv’s worst neighborhoods. In a strange stroke of government policy, Mussa is bussed to an upscale private school every day, where he silently navigates a privileged world, connecting with his friends and teachers through gestures and facial expressions but, inexplicably, refusing to speak. When Mussa’s mother is told she must leave the country in one week, Mussa is left devastated, fearing deportation and compelled to leave his father and friends behind.