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Girls POV

What is a uniquely “girl’s point of view”? From Kindergarten through High School, girls encounter images in media that do not reflect their “reel” reality. These six different programs at different grade levels  offer a collection of powerful and engaging live-action, documentary, and animated short films. Discover girls and young women’s roles, identities, outlooks, and dynamics. From girls to tweens to teens, these girls do not let other people assumptions set any limits on their POV!

All programs include award-winning films from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Media education discussions enhance and explore different viewpoints represented, from around the world and at home in the US. A curriculum is also provided to all groups prior to your screening and is aligned with Common Core standards. 

Flexible scheduling throughout the day - come to us or let us come to you! For details about screenings at Facets Multi-Media,click here. For details about screenings at your location, click here. For more information, contact our Group Sales Coordinator at fldtrips@facets.org or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.

Programs Available:

Sister Stories

Sister Stories
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades K-2 (Ages 5-8)
 

80-minute program includes media education. Subtitles will be read aloud for all world language films.  

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Hungarian Folk Tales: "The Golden Calf" 
Waseteg
Two Princesses
Hajar’s Wedding
Stella and Same: The Night Fairies”
Gorilla
Siblings: “Jenni’s Big Sister”

CICFF award-winning films from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Iran, and the Russian Federation.  

The characters in these short films learn a lot about what it takes to be a good sister and a good friend. What is the role of being a sister to a brother, or vice versa? Being older or younger? Or in between? And what do other cultures tell us about our own roles and traditions? Clever Kat is a Russian tomboy (and a princess), who comes to the aid of sister, Ann, and saves the day from the witch’s trickery. In the second film, Waseteg is a Native American girl and the youngest of three sisters, who eases the loneliness their family feels after the loss of their mother. In another film, two royal siblings take different paths to find their respective true loves – which is the better method? And in another film, Alli’s sister won’t let her in on the “big girl” princess games, but they discover that Little “Gorilla” games are the better use of their imaginations. Royal roles and everyday situations reveal many truths in these stories!

New Trails

New Trails
Animated/Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10)

All world language films screened with English subtitles. 90-minute program includes media education. 

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Cookies for Sale
Princess’ Painting
The Watchman and the Little Girl
The Young Detectives: “A New Life”
Fairweather Girl
Scarecrow Girl
Play Lunch
Duel of Angels

CICFF award-winning films from Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Iran, Norway, and the US. 

The heroines in these live-action and animated short films are doers, dreamers and believers. In the first film, everyone tells our budding painter how amazing her creations are – until she meets a mysterious man who helps her understand her true artistic potential. In the next film, an art enthusiast helps a man really see paintings with fresh eyes. Then, in a film from Brazil, a girl’s father refuses to let the heroine attend school – “it’s just not done”. Can she convince him she deserves to go, just like her brother? Finally, Anjali and Manjari are sisters in India. Does the older teach the younger, or is it the other way around? The characters in these short films are looking at the world from a different perspective, and helping others along the way to do the same.

Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In Mature Themes
Animated/Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 6-9 (Ages 11-15)

All world language films screened with English subtitles. 90-minute program includes media education. 

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Guri Gursjen & Gursjan Gru
Letter to a Girl
Flawed
Piece of Cake
Hair We Are
Scarves, Crosses & Incense
I am Round
Through Ellen’s Ears 

CICFF award-winning films from Canada, England, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and the US.

The characters in these live-action and animated short films are doers, dreamers and believers. These girls do not other people’s assumptions set any limits for their goals. In one film, a Canadian artist questions her decision to get a nose job, like her friend did one summer. In another film, a young office worker tries to adjust to life in the cube. Finally, Ellen is a girl on the verge of attending a new school, but there are arbitrary limits imposed by others based on their assumptions of her abilities. Will Ellen let others put obstacles in her path or will she persevere? Appearances are deceiving – these powerful young women do not let others’ assumptions get in their way! 

Inner Strength

Inner Strength Mature Themes
Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 7-9 (Ages 12-15)

All world language films screened with English subtitles. 90-minute program includes media education. 

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A Dress for Anuschka
Ana and her Brothers
Middle School Dance
Lilli

CICFF award-winning films from Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands and the US.

The characters in these short documentaries and live-actionfilms are the leaders and most resourceful girls in their group. In the first film, Anuschka works with her step-mother-to-be and siblings to arrange the perfect upcoming family event. Next, orphan Ana has four brothers and even more hobbies. Can she balance Tae Kwon Do, soccer, and drama and get their brother/sister act ready in time for the holiday play? Lastly, Lilli has been taking care of herself and her younger brother due to her mother’s illness. When her challenges start to overwhelm her, she finds there might be a resource right next door. The girls’ stories in these films are the “reel” reality and offer insight into sibling and school relationships that are universally relatable to all girls. 

Dreamers & Friends

Dreamers & Friends Mature Themes
Live-action Shorts Program
Grades 7-9 (Ages 12-15)

All world language films screened with English subtitles. 95-minute program includes media education. 

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Fight the Bad Things
Bake Shop Ghost
The Secret Country
Live Your Dream

CICFF award-winning films from Finland, Ireland, Norway and the US.

The characters in these live-action short films are doers, dreamers and believers. In the first film, a young Afro-Finnish girl is new to school, but finds inner strength and friendship through the school’s song competition. In the second film, two pastry chefs fancy the same vision: to open the best shop in town. But can two cooks share the same kitchen, not to mention the best recipe? In another film, Lisa must come to terms with her BFF Aisha’s decision to follow her Muslim family’s traditions. How do you let go of your closest friend? Lastly, three Irish girls realize that to make it in the local music scene, they must really come together to land that first big gig. With the help of your best girl friends, you can dream really big! 

My Own Path

My Own Path Mature Themes
Animated/Live-action Shorts Program
Grades High School (Ages 14+)

All world language films screened with English subtitles. 90-minute program includes media education. 

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My 24 Hours: “Japan”
Skolt Rock in Lapland
Bollywood Beckons
Miss Remarkable and her Career

CICFF award-winning films from Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Taiwan. 

The characters in these live-action, animated, and documentary short films are doers, dreamers and believers. These girls do not let other people’s assumptions set limits on their goals! Although many students are in after-school test prep courses for college entrance exams, Sara feels fortunate to be supported by her family in her own hobbies and pursuits: her dancing and her family’s heritage festival celebrations. In the next film, Trina stands by her decision to perform in her native indigenous language at the area’s annual rock concert in the Arctic Circle – and even meets the President of Finland. Then, will Neeru settle into a traditional role in an arranged marriage, or can she follow her own dreams in Bollywood? Lastly, Miss Remarkable confronts the unrealistic expectation of her parents, her classmates, and highest of all, herself. Find out what it takes for these strong young women to set the course for their own paths.