Kids World Cinema Film Festival

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 Alliance Fransaise's website.

School Trip with Ponta / ポンタと遠足

Japanese with English subtitles | Not rated | 12 min | 2011 | Directed by Galileo

Kenta, a second-grade boy, has a cat named Ponta. When Ponta secretly follows Kenta on his school trip, they both end up in a mysterious world.

Old Man Flower

Dubbed in English | Not rated | 10 min | 2009 | Minoru Kobata & KEEP Inc

A kind old couple owned a dog named Shiro and loved him with all of their heart. One day, the couple and their mean neighbor discover that Shiro has a very special power.

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