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19th Annual Breck Film Festival

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Enter at the Upper School Entrance | Breck School


The evening will begin in the Upper School Dining Room with appetizers, conversation, and music from Bato Bato. Then, view one of our films and stay with your viewing group for a short, facilitated discussion. There is something for everyone, even small children.

Parents, alumni, faculty & staff, and students are all invited to this FREE event!

Families are welcome and encouraged to attend the film festival. All parents should be advised to review film ratings and understand that even if a film is unrated, adult-oriented themes can be present. Film descriptions, ratings and a link to each film’s trailer are posted below.

We’re offering childcare during the Film Festival on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your spot, click here to RSVP and to complete the childcare section of the RSVP form. 

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Film Descriptions

He Named Me Malala (PG-13)

Pakistani teenage Nobel Prize winner Malala is the subject of this incredibly poignant film. Malala became a children’s rights advocate after the Taliban tried to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education. “Be silent or stand up,” is the choice Malala faced. There are so many things to talk about after seeing this film. (1h 38 min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/cug1-eTOVSk

The Hate U Give (PG-13)

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right. (2h 13min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/3MM8OkVT0hw

Mankiller (Not Rated)

Learn about the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. Through archival footage and interviews, Mankiller examines the life of one of the country’s most important female leaders. (58 min)  Trailer: https://vimeo.com/220703003

Love Them First (Not Rated)

Lessons from Lucy Laney began when KARE-11 reporter Lindsey Seavert and photojournalist Ben Garvin met Lucy Laney principal Mauri Melander Friestleben giving an impassioned speech to the North Minneapolis community after several deadly shootings near the school. Seavert and Garvin sensed a greater story within the walls of Lucy Laney and together envisioned a year-long project inside the school, to document the lessons inside one of Minnesota’s lowest performing schools, on the state’s list of failing schools for almost two decades. This film captured the purity and force of love transforming the school and its students. The story outlined in this series can powerfully inspire educators and communities across the country. (1h 28min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/p7BiKiA6QIY

The Boy Who Harnessed Wind (TV-PG)

A 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. (1h 53min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/nPkr9HmglG0

Hearing Is Believing (G)

Music prodigy Rachel Flowers is the subject of this documentary from director Lorenzo DeStefano. Flowers is a consummate performer whose musical ability has flourished even though she went blind at an early age. She was raised by a single mom who supported Flowers every step of the way; the film follows the family for two years. (1h 42min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/HFMrLgf9CKs

Aladdin (PG) (for kids)

Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom. (2h 9min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/foyufD52aog

Motherland

Taking us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital, this cinematic experience drops the viewer like an unseen outsider into the hospital’s stream of activity. At first, the subjects are strangers. But as the film continues, it becomes absorbingly intimate and increasingly familiar. (1h 34 min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/XysNsN-xj0I

Sita Sings the Blues (Not Rated)

Hindu goddess Sita accompanies her husband Rama to live in exile. In the treacherous woods, a demon king abducts her after hearing about her beauty, but Sita remains devoted. She patiently waits for Rama to rescue her. (1h 22min) Trailer: https://youtu.be/Ot0BNbXnz5s

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