Kids World Cinema 2011 Film Festival

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is pleased to once again participate in the Kids World Cinema 2011 film festival!Kids World Cinema 2011 proudly presents a selection of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C.

The JICC will host two short animated films from Japan and Senegal. Following the screenings, children will have the chance to try their hand at origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

For a list of screenings and participating organizations, check the Kids World Cinema 2011 webpage or call 202-234-7911.


Japanese with English subtitles | Not rated | 20 min | 2006 | Directed by Kenji Itoso

This sci-fi, eco-conscious fantasy follows Suzu, the 14-year-old descendent of a distinguished shaman who saved people from catastrophe in the past, as she sets out on a journey. With the help of COLUBOCCORO, she must find a way to restore peace and nature to the ruined villages.

With the experience of working under Hayao Miyazaki and his broad animation techniques, 27-year-old creator Kenji Itoso ventures into a wholly new animation expression, aiming for 'a treasure box of images'.

The Whistle

French with English subtitles | Not rated | 22 min | Senegal | 2005 | As Thiam

Samba and his wife Coumba are a blind couple. For the past 35 years, they earned their living singing in the streets of Dakar. But one day, a bus strike forces them to walk their way through the fields to get to the city. As they sing, argue, and fight (as all old couples do), they try to imagine what the world looks like. Until they come across a magic whistle...

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