Celebrating Black Stories promotional image courtesy of New York International Children's Film Festival
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Films for Children and Teens
Recommended ages 9 and up
Black stories take the spotlight in these films that share the joy, determination, resilience, and complexity of being Black and young. Explore a range of genres and styles in a program that spans the globe.
Live Action, Alphonso McAuley, 2021, 15 min.
A young boy unexpectedly finds a comic book that changes his reality.
Live Action, Zoey Martinson, 2021, 10 min.
This whimsical comedy love letter to New York's essential workers follows a whole class on the last day of school as they scheme to find the perfect partner for their adored bus driver, Ms. Cheryl, and save her from a lonely summer without them.
Generation Impact: The Coder
Documentary, Samantha Knowles, 2021, 7 min.
Jay Jay Patton was only 13 when she designed and built an app to help kids connect with their incarcerated parents, inspired by her own experience. Now she is creating a coding academy to help other kids do the same.
My Name is Maluum
Animation, Luísa Copetti, 2021, 8 min.
In Portuguese, with English subtitles
Maalum comes from a home surrounded by love and Afro-centered references. When her classmates tease her about her name, Maluum discovers the lovely legacy of her name and ancestry.
The Night I Left America
Uganda, United States
Live Action, Laki Karavias, 2021, 14 min.
English, Luganda with English subtitles
While anxiously awaiting the results of his mothers visa renewal request, a teenage boy living Texas conjures memories of his life in Uganda.
Live Action, Daniel Kayamba, 2021, 14 min.
Grounded and with a last-minute school project due, Jamil takes matters into his own hands in order to prove he is the great grandson of a legendary Black cowboy.
Wolf and Cub
Animation, Marvin Bynoe, 2021, 8 min.
A father and son cross a world of imagination in order to return a bag of their mother's forgotten lunch.