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LONG WAY HOME, A

What to know: A Long Walk Home addresses concerns for children (and adults) of fitting in, feeling left out and ugly, to understanding that one is often simply a fish out of water and is uniquely beautiful within.
LONG WAY HOME, A is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
112 minutes
Screenplay
STEVEN BOGART
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The idea of perceiving of oneself as an ugly duckling and then becoming a swan is not new, nor is the issue of domination of one culture over another. Set in a realm of magic and rare creatures along with the ordinary is a good approach to this age-old struggle.

A Long Walk Home addresses concerns for children (and adults) of fitting in, feeling left out and ugly, to understanding that one is often simply a fish out of water and is uniquely beautiful within. With the breaking and rejection of the manipulative Helmut, the characters obtain strength and identity. The story of a young dragon that is jettisoned as an egg into the unlikely hands of a compassionate woman who, living in a community of ducks, owls, guinea pigs, foxes and a French seagull, manages to raise her to "Be Brave" and overcome challenges in her journey to reunite with her birth family.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18., Reviewed by Juror #11.

The idea of perceiving of oneself as an ugly duckling and then becoming a swan is not new, nor is the issue of domination of one culture over another. Set in a realm of magic and rare creatures along with the ordinary is a good approach to this age-old struggle.

A Long Walk Home addresses concerns for children (and adults) of fitting in, feeling left out and ugly, to understanding that one is often simply a fish out of water and is uniquely beautiful within. With the breaking and rejection of the manipulative Helmut, the characters obtain strength and identity. The story of a young dragon that is jettisoned as an egg into the unlikely hands of a compassionate woman who, living in a community of ducks, owls, guinea pigs, foxes and a French seagull, manages to raise her to "Be Brave" and overcome challenges in her journey to reunite with her birth family.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18., Reviewed by Juror #11.

An orphaned dragon raised by a duck must rediscover her true origins when a treacherous army threatens the only home she's ever known.
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