A project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, KIDS FIRST! films are free of gratuitous violence; race, gender, or religious bias; and condescension towards children.
Supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.
Films from around the globe about the natural world and our
relationship to it and to each other.
Interactive Film: Shimajiro and the Mother Tree
Ages 4–18 • Japan • 61 minutes
Live actors will read subtitles! Delightful award-winning film, directed by Isamu Hirabayashi, stars a tiger boy named Shimajiro. Features fun sing-alongs, puppets, and animation. Children are given cardboard megaphones to use at various times to cheer on characters. Mahalo to Madoka Katsumata, DASH CO., LTD.
Shorts: Our Earth, its Land and Oceans
Ages 5–12 • 58 minutes
Awesome Beetle’s Colors • Latvia/Janis Zarzeckis/3 min • A nearly impossible story in colorful claymation guides you through the ABCʻs.
The Big Energy Debate • Mexico/Javier Angeles/5 min • Animated film of three little kids discussing a recent lesson about renewable energy, each with their own understanding.
Lunar Rhythm • US/Diane Randolph/5 min • Underwater videography with a few captured moments of amazing behavior of marine creatures reacting to the rhythm of the moon.
Emilie • Luxembourg/Olivier Pesch/17 min • A curious little girl who lives with her inventor father near a junkyard has an unexpected encounter with very smart monkeys. Enchanting, with a brilliant combination of stop motion, animation, and marionettes.
Save the Bees • US/Mark Mos,Marta Topolska/2 min • Animation with great visuals and lovely music shows how important bees are in our environment.
Worse Than Poop! • US/Vaness Warheit/6 min • An 8-year-old climate scientist and the Green Ninja take on a fleet of pooping cars to save the world from CO2 pollution.
Insta Tree • US/Isaiah Ferguson/3 min • Animated "commercial" advertises an all-new growing alternative to vegetation.
The Blue Beyond • Germany, Maldives/BLUEWAVEFILMS/13 min • Journey to the Maldives and under the surface of the Indian Ocean to meet giant manta rays, sharks, moray eels, and more.
Cows • US/Sandra Boynton/4 min • All-out Broadway number performed by sincere yet overambitious bovines. From the platinum-selling Boynton/Ford album, Philadelphia Chickens.
Youth Empowered for Change
Ages 8–18 • 84 minutes
Young Voices for the Planet – 10 Success Stories • US/Lynne Cherry,Gary Braasch/59 min • Ten short documentaries that reach our hearts and inspire action, featuring youth speaking out, creating solutions, changing laws, changing minds, and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, and communities.
HIKI NŌ: Focus on the Environment • PBS Hawaiʻi/25 min • Every week, students from over 80 public, private, and charter schools from across the islands share stories from their communities to Hawaiʻi and the world. This episode, hosted by Shisa Kahaunaele, looks back at past HIKI NŌ stories about caring for the Earthʻs fragile eco-system.
Shorts: The Global Community of Children
Age 8-18 • 71 min • Subtitles (except Play Date)
Iʻve Just Had A Dream • Spain/Javier Navarro/7 min • Two girls, two cultures, two visions, one dream. Beautifully shot, scored, and acted.
Copper Wire • Iran/Hasan Najmabadi/10 min • An Iranian boy goes to a lot of trouble to collect and sell copper wire so he can rent a movie.
Play Date • US/Paige Morrow Kimball/15 min • Unbeknownst to her distracted parents, a little girl discovers a homeless woman in her backyard and invites her inside for a play date.
Catalina and the Sun • France,Argentina,Germany/Anna Paula Honig/15 min • In a legend from Jujuy, Argentina, Catalina offers a tale every day to the sun god so that he will continue to shine in the sky.
The Learning Alliance • Pakistan/Muhammad Umar Saeed/9 min • Three brothers are changing their future by studying and, at the same time, selling garbage to pay for their school fees.
Earthʻs Children • Peru/Diego Sarmiento/15 min • Seen through the eyes of children, film documents the peaceful lives in an indigenous village near the headwaters of the Amazon.
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