The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College presents the 9th Annual KIDS FIRST! Film Festival taking place on Sundays, June 7, 14, 28 and July 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium.
A project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, KIDS FIRST! films are free of gratuitous violence; race, gender and religious bias and condescension towards children.
- June 7—Maya the Bee Movie (ages 4+, 87 minutes): A fearless little bee with a big heart, Maya won’t follow one of the rules of the hive: don’t trust other bugs, especially hornets. She makes friends with everyone—a grasshopper violinist, a dung beetle and a young hornet named Sting. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected—with Maya as an accomplice! It’s up to Maya and her friends to prove their innocence.
- June 14—Belle and Sebastian (ages 9+, 99 minutes): In the snowy Alps of occupied France, 6-year old Sebastian befriends an enormous sheepdog. With Nazis in their village rooting out resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian have the chance to become heroes.
- June 28—The Seventh Dwarf (ages 6+, 88 minutes): The youngest dwarf, Bobo, accidently pricks Princess Rose, setting off the evil queen’s spell and sending the kingdom into a century-long slumber. Bobo and the other six dwarves must travel into the future in order to revive Rose…and find that even the smallest dwarf can be king.
- July 12—The Boxcar Children (ages 5+, 83 minutes): True to the book, this tale of family togetherness is based on Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic. Four orphaned children, frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, make a home in an abandoned boxcar in the woods. Gentle and touching, with themes of personal integrity, positive values, making do with what you have, and appreciation and the kindness of friends, family and strangers, The Boxcar Children is sure to please.
- July 19—The Legend of Longwood (ages 12+, 99 minutes): When 12-year-old Mickey moves from New York to Ireland, she discovers a link between herself and the 300-year-old legend of the mysterious Black Knight who haunts the village. With courage and a sharp mind, she sets out to save a precious herd of white horses and thwart the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman. Crumbling castles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses, and a fearless heroine all come together in this magical film set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland.
For more information, visit the KIDS FIRST! website.