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New York International Children’s Film Festival (2024) – Official Selection

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Screening Time
PREMIERE ELEMENTS
7/7 (Sun) 4:00pm

27/7 (Sat) 2:00pm

DOUNIA – THE GREAT WHITE NORTH

Synopsis

Audiences might recognize the little girl with the big hair who made her way from Syria to Canada in KIFF 2023 poignant Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo. Now settled, Dounia and her grandparents slowly get to know Canada, the new home that welcomed them: its intense seasons, its special foods, its languages (three and counting!). Dounia’s grandparents are sure to keep their Syrian traditions alive at home, while her new friends share traditions of their own, like Rosalie’s French-Canadian lifestyle or Miguizou’s vast indigenous folklore. So while she still misses her dad who stayed back in Aleppo, Dounia now has new ways to keep him with her. It’s when Kukum, Miguizo’s grandmother, teaches Dounia to call her father with all of her heart, that he just might find his way back to her.

Country / Region: Canada
Duration: 51 mins
Director:
Marya Zarif, André Kadi

Language: French
Subtitle: Chinese & English Subtitled

Guest of Post-screening Sharing (Conducted in Cantonese):

7/7 (Sun) : TBC
27/7 (Sat) : TBC

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Movies can be a shared vocabulary that strengthens the bond between the parents (or guardians) and their children. For kids aged from 6 to 11, the ‘Parent-Child Movie Time” screenings are not only about enjoying movies together, but also drawing kids into meaningful conversations afterwards.

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