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Beans

Based on Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer’s own childhood, Beans is the story of a 12-year-old girl coming of age during the tumultuous summer of the 1990 Oka Crisis. When a conflict over land rights escalates in her community, Beans is forced to grow up quickly and find her unique voice and power.

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The Club of Ugly Children

When President Isimo declares “Keep it clean!” he doesn’t mean the city streets, he means ridding the schools of children who don’t fit into narrowly defined ideals of beauty. Paul, one of the “ugly” boys, escapes in Jonathan Elbers’ engaging and entertaining dystopian thriller.

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Microplastic Madness

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A and Science on Screen conversation.
Can 11 year-olds take on plastic pollution? Fifth graders from Brooklyn lead a challenge against the pervasive use of plastics, asking probing questions about the local and global impacts on people, wildlife, and water systems. Using their own data to testify and rally City Hall, the young activists take action in their own cafeteria to eliminate all single-use plastic.

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My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

Jack’s younger brother, Gio, has Down syndrome. When they were little, Jack interpreted his parents’ explanation of Gio being “special” to mean he must have superpowers. As they grow older, teenage Jack struggles to redefine himself, spinning a web of lies that’s painfully awkward to untangle until his brother Gio shows him the way.

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My Dad is a Sausage

Best of Fest Encores
When 12-year-old Zoe's dad suddenly burns out on his bank job and inexplicably decides to become an actor, she is the only one to encourage him. Essentially a buddy movie with a mid-life father and introverted daughter in the leading roles, this charming dramedy shows the importance of following your dreams.

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Nextwave Youth Shorts

Best of Fest Encores + FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 22, 2021 2:00pm CST:
Enjoy a free program of shorts made by high school students all over the world, including right here in the Twin Cities. A showcase celebrating the finalists of MSPIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Competition, this year’s program was selected from over 400 submissions by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Art Team, a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) group of young people dedicated to racial, cultural, and gender representation as a priority in their work to intentionally make space for youth of various backgrounds, and to create opportunities for emerging youth artists.

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Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers

Best of Fest Encores
Two Norwegian sisters are off on an overnight hiking trip with their free-spirited father in the woods. What could go wrong? When their daring dad takes an accidental tumble into a gorge, 5-year-old Billie and 9-year-old Vega must find their superpowers to save him.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

9-year-old Anna is blissfully ignorant of adult concerns over the election of Adolf Hitler until her family is forced to flee Germany and Anna must suddenly learn how to survive in an epic historical drama by Oscar-winner Caroline Link.

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Young Warriors

Enjoy the simple pleasures of a lighthearted family road trip through Brazil. An ode to director Bárbara Cariry's childhood memories, Young Warriors is the story of a fisherman who is inspired by a dream to hit the road with his family in search of adventure and festival.

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