FutureWave

SIFF FutureWave are films curated with viewers ages 13 through 21 years old in mind.

Beans

Canada | 2020 | 92 minutes | Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

April 8 - 18, 2021

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A 12-year-old Mohawk girl’s coming of age story and political awakening during the Oka Crisis. Deer’s fresh voice reminds us of the importance of authentic representation and culturally-specific storytelling in cinema. Drawing upon her documentary roots, and her experience growing up in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Tracey Deer delivers a timely film grounded in authentic history.

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FutureWave Shorts

81 minutes

April 8 - 18, 2021

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The next generation of filmmakers are finding their unique voices and creating media with purpose. These shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong for the future.

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Goddess of the Fireflies

Canada (Québec) | 2020 | 105 minutes | Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

April 8 - 18, 2021

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After her parents announce they’re getting a divorce, 16-year-old Catherine (Kelly Depeault) dives into a life of sex and drugs in 1990s rural Quebec in this tender and gorgeously shot coming-of-age story about angst, desire, rebellion, and addiction.

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Summertime

USA | 2020 | 95 minutes | Carlos López Estrada

April 8 - 18, 2021

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A sprawling portrait of Los Angeles told through the work of spoken word poetry, 25 Angelenos’ aspirations and fears intersect over the course of one long, hot SoCal day in the latest from director Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting).

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Valentina

Brazil | 2020 | 95 minutes | Cássio Pereira dos Santos

April 8 - 18, 2021

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When trans teen Valentina moves from the city to a small, conservative town, the community quickly sets up roadblocks to her happiness, forcing the shy teen to stand her ground in this inspiring and hopeful story of gender expression and solidarity.

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Wyrm

USA | 2019 | 97 minutes | Christopher Winterbauer

April 8 - 18, 2021

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In an alternative 1990s equal parts Yorgos Lanthimos and Todd Solondz (but gentler), an awkward young teen must complete a school requirement in which students wear electronic collars that detach only upon engaging in their first kiss.

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Youth v Gov

USA | 2020 | 110 minutes | Christi Cooper

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Twenty-one young activists ranging from age 13 to 24 lead a charge against the United States government, holding them legally responsible for exacerbating the world’s climate change crisis, in this story of political youth empowerment.

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