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Soufra : Improving the Lives of Palestinian Refugees One Bite at a Time

South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them-- they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as 'the crazy lady' and now she will show just how crazy she is. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ella L, comments, “. I felt so connected with the women in this film and was really intrigued by their stories, as well as what they have to … - read more...

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Searching : Unique Storyline, Well Executed, Unexpected Twists

After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Alejandra G. comments, “This new drama/thriller grabbed my attention since the beginning, because of its amazing and unique storyline. I felt thrilled to discover what would happen at the end and, whether or not the outcome would be what I expected.” See her full comments below. Searching By Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16 This new drama/thriller … - read more...

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Submit to KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Now
We are accepting submissions for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. If you have a great film for kids and families that you wish to get played at venues all across the country, this is your opportunity to submit it. We have more than 50 venue affiliates who use the programming we select for their you and family programs. Each KIDS FIRST! venue partner offers their own awards and prizes. So, there are a plethora of potential awards awaiting you. Just think, for one entry fee, you have 50 venues looking at your submission. That makes the fee dirt cheap! August 8, 2018 Regular Deadline August 29, 2018 Late Deadline September 19, 2018 Extended … - read more...

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Big Fish & Begonia, Ant-man & the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War
Listen in as we review the films Big Fish and Begonia, Ant-Man & the Wasp and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars. 
Host Keefer B. is joined by KIDS FIRST! Critics’ Carla and the newest member of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Team, Sev’n! Before you spend your hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to listen to what our youth reporters have to - read more...

From the Jury

Intelligent Lives – Eye Opener About the Power to Contribute Regardless of One’s Intellectual Ability
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Micah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful … - read more...

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