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Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Festival: Day 4

December 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Free – $12

Belmont World Films 16th Annual Family Festival, “Where Stories Come Alive,” offers nearly four full days of some of the world’s best films for children and adults, as well as a live concert on opening night accompanying the silent films of George Méliès (the subject of Martin Scorcese’s Hugo) and a live version of WBUR’s “Circle Round,” which sold out last year at the Regent. Films are screened in English or their native language with subtitles, most of which will be read aloud via headphones for young readers, and many are being screened in the US for the first time. It might even be your only time to see them in New England.

Each day revolves around a different theme: Saturday’s Day 2 (STUDIO CINEMA, Belmont) is devoted to nature; Sunday (REGENT THEATRE, Arlington) to kids not limited by their disabilities; and Monday (BRATTLE THEATRE, Cambridge) to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many films are based on international children’s literature and include stories about birds, nature, a swashbuckling rat, a magical train, a winning lacrosse team, and more.

Day 4 programming includes:

10:30 AM – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Animated Children’s Books from Weston Woods Studios

USA | 60 mins. | English

The ideals, people, and music connected to Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. as interpreted by Scholastic/Weston Woods Studios, including: Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and narrated by Michael Clarke Duncan; March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, a personal, stirring account by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister, Christine; Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, about how Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man; and She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World  by Chelsea Clinton, featuring stories about Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor. Age 5-12

12:00 – The Highway Rat

New England premiere | UK | 2017 | 25 mins. | English

Shown with The Gruffalo | UK | 2009 | 25 mins. | English

Based on the popular book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and featuring the voices of David Tennant and Rob Brydon, The Highway Rat is the swashbuckling animated tale of a greedy rat who craves buns, biscuits and candies. He rides through the countryside feasting on all the other animals’ food, until one clever duck figures out how to stop him.Donaldson and Scheffler’s The Gruffalo, about a cunning  mouse who goes for a walk in the forest and outwits a succession of predators, features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, Rob Brydon, Tom Wilkinson, Robbie Coltrane and John Hurt. Age 4-8

1:15 PM – Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

East Coast premiere | Germany | 2018 | 105 mins. | German with subtitles read aloud (via headphones)

Based on the beloved German children’s book by Michael Ende (The Neverending Story). When an orphaned baby is mysteriously delivered to a tiny island, its four inhabitants raise him as their own and name him Jim. When he turns ten, he yearns to uncover his true origins and sets out with his friend Luke on a magical train named Emma—across seas, deserts, forests, mountains, and even volcanoes. In the magical town of Mandala they learn that the emperor’s daughter has been captured by pirates, and the two decide to risk it all to save her. Features breathtaking special effects and offers an entertaining epic about family, friendship and self-discovery. Age 5-8

3:15 PM – Crossroads, followed by a Q&A

Massachusetts premiere | USA | 2018 | 77 mins. | English

A group of at-risk African American teenagers at a North Carolina
charter school who fight through the pain and adversity of childhood
trauma to find salvation through lacrosse, a sport traditionally played
by white athletes. The documentary follows them as they transform from awkward neophytes to state finalists in just three seasons. Age 8+. Followed by a Q&A with Emmy-winning director Ron Yassenthe team’s coach Bobby Selkin, and player Brandon Duncan moderated by WBUR Sport Reporter Shira Springer.

For a complete schedule and more information visit


December 21, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Free – $12
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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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