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New York International Children's Film Festival presents Celebrating Black Stories

Celebrating Black Stories

Runtime: 63 minutes

Films for Children and Teens

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Fun for Kids
  • In-person

Powerful films for ages 8+
In English or with English subtitles

Take in the audience favorite and award-winning films from the latest edition of New York International Children’s Film Festival! These amazing short films from around the world are sure to inspire curiosity and conversation for viewers big and small.

This series of short films spotlights Black narratives that transcend national boundaries, culture, and language with films in English, French, Shona, and even ASL! Join a young astronomer during a lunar eclipse, a meaningful first visit to a barbershop, and witness the magic of a neighborhood castle all in one sitting with this immersive collection of films highlighting Black storytelling.

Charlie and the Hunt
United States, Live Action, Jenn Shaw, 2021, 15 min
In English and American Sign Language with English subtitles

Charlie is a CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) with a wonderful mom and an adorable dog. When her mom’s bracelet goes missing, she sets off into the wild with her homemade map, where she uncovers breathtaking landscapes and priceless treasure.

Gugu Nagogo
Australia, Live Action, Taku Mbduzi, 2022, 20 min
In English and Shona with English subtitles

When a lunar eclipse stops her late-night letter exchanges, 12-year-old astronomer Gugu must find a way to reconnect with her beloved Gogo (grandmother) who lives far away in Zimbabwe.

Joyce's Neighborhood
United States, Animation, Richard O’Connor, 2022, 3 min
In English

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood’s got nothing on Joyce’s house, a castle to all the local kids that’s nothing but sweetness and light.

More Than Hair
Canada, Live Action, Fitch Jean, 2022, 12 min
In French with English subtitles

Sitting for the first time in a barbershop, a young black boy discovers the power of black hair.

United States, Documentary, Toko Shiiki, 2022, 3 min
In English 

Sitting for the first time in a barbershop, a young black boy discovers the power of black hair.