Having recently celebrated the 20th edition of Discovery Film Festival, we welcome the return of Discovery Family Film Club with another selection of some of our favourite family films from over the past few years.
A huge fan of superhero and action movies, nine-year-old Jo lives in hospital in Kenya. When her family are told that her illness is terminal and there is nothing further that can be done for her, she returns to her village. While her mother is very protective of her, Jo’s older sister Mwix decides she should have the chance to fulfil her dream of being a superhero. Convincing the whole village to help out, Mwix makes sure that Jo’s final days are full of moments where she is called upon to play the hero and demonstrate her superpowers. But maybe being a real hero is a whole lot more than catching thieves and stopping runaway trucks?
With its heartfelt belief in the power and positivity of imagination, this is a film that finds joy in even the saddest of situations. Demonstrating enormous strength in adversity, our young caped crusader makes her distinctive mark in the world around her and shows that superheroes really do come in all ages, shapes and sizes. It may sound like a sad tale, but instead it offers an uplifting insight into the hidden strengths that young people can show, and the humour and joy that can be found in even the darkest hour.
We love to present family films from all around the world, and believe the best way to experience these is always in the original language, with subtitles in English where necessary.
We generally find that children aged 8+ can enjoy subtitled stories – our films are chosen for their strong narratives expressed very clearly through visuals, but we do encourage accompanying adults to assist their group if required, and so would flag up to other audience members there may be some quiet discussions audible from time to time during these screenings.