This showcase of international children's films, which is now in its fourth year, allows Washingtonians to compare cross-cultural differences in the genre and to inspire D.C. youngsters through the discovery of foreign cinema. The festival targets six to thirteen-year-olds and will showcase a selection of the most significant international productions for young audiences. Each one-hour screening will be followed by a workshop and a discussion addressing the films' cultural contexts. Age group will vary with each film and workshop.
This year, the JICC will partner with the Mexican Cultural Institute to present six short features targeting children ages 6-8, including two animated Japanese films! Following the screening, kids will have a chance to try their hand at origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.
For a full list of festival programs, visit the Mexican Cultural Institute's website.
Japanese with English subtitles | Not rated | 13 min | 2011 | Directed by Tsuneo Goda
With the concept "the world will move in the right direction if everybody gets connected," the inhabitants on a planet very similar to Earth live peacefully by creating electricity-like energy from their sun and winds and sharing it with each other.
Dubbed in English | Not rated | 10 min | 2009 | KEEP Inc
The story of an old man who accidentally drops one of his rice balls down a mountain and into a large hole. What will he find when he looks inside the hole?
This event is free and open to the public. Please note that seating is limited and registration is required.