Today is International Women’s Day, and what better day to celebrate strong women than by watching the New York International Children’s Film Festival Short Films Girls’ POV slate! There are 7 shorts in this lineup, and I’m going to share my top 3 favorites. Here are (in my opinion), the best of 2021 NYICFF Short Films Girls’ POV.
2021 NYICFF Short Films Girls’ POV Top 3 Favorites!
I want to start off saying that all 7 shorts were unique in their own way, each bringing something different to the table. This slate is a celebration of short films featuring strong girls from around the world. These are my top 3 picks, in no particular order.
In the Shadow of the Pines
In the Shadow of the Pines is a Japanese short with English subtitles and is 7 minutes. It’s an animated documentary about a girl and her immigrant father. The animated reminded me of clay figures. Upon first look, I didn’t think this would be one of my favorites, however, it’s relatable story proved me wrong. Like typical teenagers, the girl is embarrassed by her father. However, it is revealed why her father is the way he is. He wants his daughter to feel seen. He never felt seen as a child and didn’t want his daughter to feel that same pain.
In the Shadow of the Pines is deep. It’s thought provoking and will encourage you to look at things in a different perspective.
Sol is a Canadian short film with a runtime of 14 minutes. It takes place during the year 2042, and it’s a terrifying eye opener. The story is about a mother and daughter trying their best to survive during the effects of climate change. If this is the direction where our world is heading then everyone needs to see this short.
Under the Skin
Under the Skin is a live-action Netherlands film, with a runtime of 20 minutes. It’s in Dutch with English subtitles. It’s about the toxic friendships of a synchronized swim team. As a mom, I hated seeing the bullying, and how much pressure is placed on children. It’s sad how kids can act perfectly happy, but feel isolated and completely alone. Their insecurities start at such a young age. It was eye opening for sure.
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