5 films you'll want to see at this year's Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival

5 films you'll want to see at this year's Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival

The Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival is back for its second year, and it’s showing 10 children’s movies from around the globe


Actress Drew Barrymore (left) in one of her earliest film roles, as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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From July 28 to August 5, the second Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF) is happening at The Grand cinema in Elements, Kowloon. KIFF presents a variety of films from all over the world. Despite their different genres and languages, they share common themes: adventure, courage and passion.

To help you make the most of KIFF, Young Post has selected five of the best movies for you.

Psst! We have tickets to give away to KIFF! To find out how to win a pair, head to our contest here.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. is a classic sci-fi movie for all ages. It follows Elliott, a 10-year-old boy, who befriends an alien named E.T. who has become stranded on Earth. Later, Elliott introduces E.T. to his siblings, and they decide to protect the alien from being discovered by the American government, and even by their mother.

Elliott’s adventures with E.T. bring him a whole new perspective on the world. Meanwhile, he helps E.T. find his way back home.

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The Breadwinner

This is an Oscar-nominated animated film set in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban, a strict Islamic militia.

Parvana, an 11-year-old girl, decides to disguise herself as a boy to support her family after her father is wrongfully arrested. As a boy, she has a very different experience of life.

Inspired by fantastical stories she invents, Parvana begins a journey to search for her father. She uses her bravery, strength and creativity to overcome every obstacle in her way.

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Cleo and Paul

In this French comedy, three-year-old Cleo and her brother Paul embark on a journey to explore Paris after they find themselves lost amid crowds of strangers while playing hide-and-seek.

On their journey, the siblings explore the world without adults. We see a new reality through their eyes.

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Hero Steps

This movie from Colombia in South America follows a ten-year-old boy, Eduardo, who is poor and is missing a leg as a result of the country’s armed conflict.

Little Eduardo has a dream, despite his disability, which is to become a football player. Encouraged by his music teacher and some friends, Eduardo forms a team with other disabled players to take part in a children’s football tournament. This inspiring drama is a must-watch for kids everywhere.

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In the village of Barra de Potosí in Mexico, on the Pacific coast, seven-year-old Dylan believes he can find the treasure of Sir Francis Drake. He invites his new friends to discover the long-lost pirate loot.

This film captures the childlike wonder of discovering a brand new world. It was filmed with only two cameras and natural light, and the child actors improvised a lot of the storyline.

Edited by Pete Spurrier

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A world of cinema comes to Kowloon


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