We’re all different. Some of us are tall, some short. Some dance to hip-hop while others prefer Irish step. Embracing our differences illuminates what make us unique, and the ways we can use our differences to bring us closer together. These films hail from an assortment of countries, from the USA all the way to Australia, and have a lot to teach us about embracing what makes us, well, us! Kids of all ages will discover what it means to accept and love each of our differences as they delve into the diverse people, cultures, and stories that make up our world. Programming for Vol. 2 includes: (Ex)Changed (Angad Singh, USA, 2011, 19 mins.), A Tree & a Flower (Tomoko Oguchi, USA, 2010, 5 mins.), Au Coeur Del'hiver (Isabelle Favez, Switzerland, 2012, 7 mins.), Brushstrokes (Ken Kimmelman, USA, 1990, 5 mins.), Frogs, Toads & Love (Barbara Parks/Maggie Kraisamutr, USA, 2006, 3 mins.), Left-Handed (Baoqi Ye, Canada, 2002, 10 mins.), Play Lunch (Cassandra Nguyen, Australia, 2011, 9 mins.), My Name Is Tuan (Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, Canada, 2008, 6 mins.), The Stubborn Mule & the Remote Control (Helio Villela Nunes, Brazil, 2010, 15 mins.), and Tomboy (Barb Taylor, Canada, 2008, 13 mins.).
Your imagination is your superpower -- it allows you to create and destroy, to build up walls and to tear them down. As you watch The Power of Imagination, you will meet characters from all over the world who use their imaginations to soar high in the sky on origami airplanes, scale skyscrapers, fight crime, create time machines, and even build new worlds! These films will not only take you on fantastical adventures, but will ignite your creative problem solving skills so that you can be the hero, too! Programming for Vol. 1 includes: A Bottled Promise (Jin Teo, Singapore, 2009, 4 mins.), A Plan (Tom Shroeder, USA, 2004, 8 mins.), Air Balloon Circus (Jim Goodall, Canada, 2012, 9 mins.), Laura: In Action (Laerke Drews, Denmark, 2008, 15 mins.), Papiroflexia (Joaquin Baldwin, USA, 2007, 2 mins.), The Great Journey (Caroline Fioratti, Brazil, 2010, 15 mins.), The Little Blond Boy with a White Sheep (Eloi Henriod, France, 2013, 8 mins.), The MisInventions of Milo Weatherby (William Whirity, USA, 2009, 23 mins.), Toward a Theory of the Evolution of the Turkey (Brandon Arnold, USA, 2008, 6 mins.), and Toyland (Alexander Freydank, Germany, 2008, 14 mins.).
This documentary stands prominently among Janek’s extensive filmography, where the Czech director is known to point his camera toward often discriminated and overlooked subjects. THE UNSEEN focuses attention on the life of children in a Czech school for the blind. With a sensitive eye for movement and a keen ear for sound, Janek weaves together mundane observations that enter the realm of the sublime.
At a blind school in the Czech Republic, the children exuberantly show off their remarkable talents – as musicians, as radio announcers, as daredevil bike riders and most extraordinary of all, as photographers. Why take pictures of a world you can’t see? Well, to capture memories, of course, that sighted people can describe back to you. Miroslav Janek’s documentary is a true eye-opener about the resilience, adaptability and creativity of children, faced with whatever challenges the world throws their way. “A small wonder…takes hold of the heart immediately and never loosens its grip…brilliantly conceptualized and immaculately crafted piece of filmmaking" (Variety). In Czech with English subtitles.