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What to know: Stunning film dealing with sensitve subject in a sensitive way.
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Recommended age 13-18
14 minutes
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This stunning film deals with sensitive subject matter in a heartfelt way. This film is for older audiences because of the subject matter. The story follows a young boy who has just lost his mother and, in order for his relatives or guardians to help him, part of his tribe's practices is to let the deceased's belongs go in order for their spirt to transition to the after life. Unfortunately, this is something very hard for him to grasp. Teens would definitely see a lot of symbology in this film and it could lead to great discussions. The story flows and is watchable. For the most part, it makes sense. There were some sections where scenes cut away to something else that seem a little random, but it could be that the boy is dreaming. There's very little dialogue but everything is appropriate and the concepts are suitable for older kids. The idea of letting go of her belongings would be too intense to younger kids. Even the subject of losing a parent is a bit too traumatic for younger ones to be exposed to. This is quite well produced. The audio is great. You only hear his surroundings when he is by himself. The setting is perfect, especially when we are shown where he lives by the beach. He doesn't live in the best conditions but his living conditions are typical of most people in his town. It's a simple life and they are all happy. This film would be very appropriate for any teen who is dealing with the death of a loved one, whether it is a relative or a friend. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because, what the young boy goes through is just one of many examples of unexpected things that happen in life and how we have to learn to accept and deal with them in order to move forward. In Spanish with English sub-titles. Suitable for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
After his mother's death, Tosni, a child of the Seri tribe, must complete the ritual that allows the soul of his mother transit to the after life. It's not easy for him to let go.
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