Part of Fireflies, a family-friendly film series. See all Fireflies films.
Curated by New York International Children's Film Festival.
Powerful films for ages 8+
Celebrating Black Stories 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, have 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.
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.
United States, Animation, Richard O’Connor, 2022, 3 min
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
Animator Rachel Reid exudes joy as she talks about being an animator, encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.
This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund
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