Be Strong Be Kind

Director(s): Multiple Directors
Country: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Language: English, musical, or no dialogue
Multiple Film Types | 2022, 2023 | 75 min
Recommended for all ages

The theme of this film reel is empathy which allows us to understand and share the feelings of others anywhere in the world. Some people have it, while others… Well, let’s just say they might need more practice.

Films and film line-up are subject to change without notice.

BEANBOY- When Rabbit’s anxiety puts a pause on fun at the lake, a new friend appears just when he needs one most. (2023/ 6 min / Denmark / dir. Emily Hanning / English)

DRAWING LAND- When Splot loses his lime green color, he is distraught. Tears stream down his face and land in a puddle of yellow on the ground…and something new is created that just might save the day. (2023 /7.5 min / UK / dir. Tony Collingwood/ English)

THE GOOSE- (L’Oie du plus fort) A boy fantasizes about becoming a famous footballer, playing in big stadiums – but first he has to win a match in a small backyard against a goose. (2022/12.5 min/ Czech Republic/ dir. Jan Mika/ non-verbal)

LUCE AND THE ROCK- (Luce et le Rocher) One day, out of nowhere, a giant Rock lays in the middle of the peaceful little village where Luce lives. The villagers can’t even open the door to their houses anymore! Luce is angry: go away Rock, you don’t belong here! And why are you here anyway? (2022/13 min/ Belgium/ dir. Britt Raes/ English)

MY NAME IS EDGAR AND I HAVE A COW- (Jmenuju se Edgar a mam kravu) Edgar didn’t always have a cow, but after a tour of his local slaughterhouse, he can’t help but adopt a baby calf and bring it home to his tiny apartment. Bovine hijinks ensue! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll moo with delight at this wonderfully fun short. (2023/ 8 min/ Czech Republic/ dir.Filip Diviak / English)

RAINBOY- Rainboy isn’t a common gardener. He plants drops and grows clouds. While working he injures the vain sun. Revenge! The prognosis for the boy is bleak, but he teams up with the clouds and thus manages to brighten the sun’s spirits again.
A short film about stormy conflicts. (2023/ 5.5 min/ Switzerland/ dir. Barbara Brunner/ non-verbal)

SO MUCH TO OFFER- Lyndzi uses her own experience of being treated unfairly as a plus-sized person to raise people’s attention toward body positivity. (2022/ 5.5 min/ United States/ dir. Cullen Burt, Grant Cosko, Xingyu (Vicky) Gu, Hunter Hartz, Aliiv Jiao, Saleen Lee, Alison Ma, Brisa Parra, Shelby Pine, Lyndzi Ramos, Tricia Saputera, Hanyu Sun, Kaan Ust, Elaine Wong, Rosemary Wu, Ella Zhou/ English)

TO BE SISTERS- (Entre deux soeurs) To be sisters is about sharing a special bond and laughing together. To be sisters is to be propelled by love. But these particular sisters share an extra something a bit different, and that’s absolutely fine.. (2022/ 7.5 min/ France/ dir. Anne-Sophie Gousset, Clément Céard/ non-verbal)

TOWN HALL SQUARE- A grumpy subway worker’s boring routine is thrown for a loop when a tiger steals his radio. A short film about an unexpected visitor, annoying radio songs and the lust for life! (2023/ 8.5/ Germany/ dir. Christian Kaufmann/ English)