An Appalachian Summer Festival embarks on adventures around the world with a Young People's Global Film Series, featuring films from Thailand, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands and Jordan, each introduced briefly by Dr. John Pfeifer. Recommended for all ages.*
June 27: My Lucky Elephant -- A young orphaned boy and a baby elephant end up together in an adventure that takes them from an exotic jungle to a bustling city. Thailand; Rated PG for brief mild language; Directed by Eric Schwab (2013); 91 minutes.
July 11: Virginia's Run -- A touching tale of friendship between a young girl devastated by the loss of her mother, and the young colt who gives her hope when all seems lost. Canada; Rated PG for reckless behavior and language; Directed by Peter Markle (2002); 103 minutes.
July 18: Duma -- In this tale of growing up and letting go, an orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend of a young boy and his family living in rural South Africa. South Africa; Rated PG for mild adventure peril; Directed by Carroll Ballard (2005); 100 minutes.
July 25: Secrets of War -- *(Recommended for ages 10+ [film features subtitles]) Secrets Of War puts both the danger and the humanity of wartime friendships squarely on the shoulders of three children who must face extraordinary circumstances with a maturity far beyond their years. Netherlands; Unrated; Directed by Denis Bots (2014); 95 minutes.
August 1: Theeb -- *(Recommended for ages 12+ [some violence, film features subtitles]) Nominated for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film mischievous Theeb finds himself trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Jordan; Unrated; Directed by Naji Abu Nowar (2016); 100 minutes.