The Small Ones Who Understand

Straightforward narratives reveal the wondrous nuance of the lives of young people and those they relate to or connect with. These precious inner worlds are brimming with humanity and openness.

Themes: self-reliance, friendship, morality, compassion, art, learning, self-development
Length: 52 minutes

Recommended for grades 4-7
Note that the following films feature non-English dialogue with subtitles: Cinema Rex, The Shoes of a Little Girl

After stealing a bean from a local market, a young boy experiences guilt for the first time while figuring out how to navigate his moral compass.

Since 1938 Jerusalem has been a divided city. A Jewish boy and an Arab girl make an unlikely connection at the Cinema Rex and form a soulful friendship based on a mutual (and universal) language––the language of cinema.

A study of the cyclical nature of time as seen through self-portraits over a lifetime uncovered by the hands that created them.

Junu struggles to figure out which shoe goes on which foot. Eventually Junu takes matters into her own hands, or should we say feet, and finds a clever way to mark the difference.

Stranded in a far away part of the house, a tiny LEGO figurine must make the epic journey back to Ben's Room to be reunited with his missing toy arm. A quiet, often humorous and deeply solemn film about perseverance and loss.

Two girls with seemingly opposing interests push past the surface to explore a deep and mutual connection. In doing so they offer one another the unlikely possibility to be seen and understood.


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