The Kids Are Alright

There are challenges in life that test us, stretch our capacity for love and compassion, and invite us to know ourselves. Through adversity, kindness, and sometimes comedy, this collection of masterful shorts offers a glimpse at our expansive and nuanced human nature.

Themes: coming of age, empathy, neglect, taking responsibility, fear, self-reliance, resilience through adversity
Length: 107 minutes

Recommended for grades 10-12
Note that the following films features non-English dialogue with subtitles: 250km, Mano, Hooks, Jean Fell in Love

Advisories: violence and war (250km), absent parenting (Mano), graphic off-screen violence (abuse); frank discussions of female sexuality and suggestive male gaze (Gaby’s Hills), strong language (I’m on Fire), sexually suggestive (Hooks), strong language; homophobia (Jean Fell in Love)

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When war suddenly breaks out, a 14-year-old boy is faced with making an urgent decision that could save his family. With no time to think, he embarks on a treacherous 250 kilometer journey toward safety.

Trapped in a neglectful family situation, a protective older brother takes care of his younger sibling and confronts their absent mother, leading to a rash decision.

Drifting into adolescence, Danny’s interest in girls is growing, but he has no idea how to talk to them. At home, his parents are in constant conflict, sometimes it goes beyond yelling. Set over the course of a single week, "I'm on Fire" tells the story of a toxic marriage through the lens of a 12-year-old, and the critical steps he takes to confront the difficult path toward adulthood.

Just like every summer, 13-year-old Gaby spends her holiday with her father in the Magdalen Islands (a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence). Thrilled to be back near the sea, close to her childhood friends, and the warm joy of her dad's home, something is different: puberty has left its mark on her and now life will never be the same.

For the first time, a young man finds himself scantily clad with a new companion of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, he now faces the biggest challenge of his existence... figuring out how to undo a bra.

Jean is the prodigy of his rugby club. While defending their title, the bonds of brotherhood are put to the test when Jean develops feelings for Ayoub, an Arabic player from the opposing team. His teammates turn out to be a lot more fragile than he could have ever thought.

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