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Want to find the best international, classic or unusual movies for kids? We've carefully assembled a list of films on DVD that have played the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival, as well as some of our own favorites! Even better: Every DVD you buy through this site helps make us rich. Not Bill Gates rich. Just “not-in-spiraling-amounts-of-debt” rich. Ka-ching!

Tales of the Night
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Michel Ocelot
From the imagination of internationally renowned animator Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar) comes a magical and visually stunning new film, delighting kids, families and animation fans of all ages. Silhouetted characters are set off against exquisitely detailed...


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Released: 2011
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Fantastic Planet
Age Recommendation: 14+
Director: Reynolds/Goldberger
In this animated vision of a futuristic sci-fi dystopia, humans are kept as pets by the super-advanced race of blue aliens known as Draags. They treat their human pets, known as Oms, with disdain, pitting them in fights to the death and occasionally gassing the wild population as a means of pest control...


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Released: 1973
Small Change
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Francois Truffaut
François Truffaut's episodic, warmly comic portrayal of life in a rural French village is one of the most charming and realistic films about the pleasures and pain of childhood. Famed critic Pauline Kael called it "that rarity - a poetic comedy that's really funny"...



Released: 1976
The 400 Blows
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Francois Truffaut
Perhaps the most famous film ever made about childhood, French New Wave pioneer Francois Truffaut's stirring debut feels as fresh as the day it premiered...


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Released: 1959
Racing Dreams
Age Recommendation: 8 to Adult
Director: Marshall Curry
"THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR! AN INSTANT CLASSIC!" - LA Times. Academy-Award nominee Marshall Curry unearths the world of competitive go-kart racing in this simultaneously intimate and thrilling documentary on the World Karting Association's National Series. Three of the country's most talented drivers vie for the championship title before any of them are even eligible for a driver's license.



Released: 2010
Millions
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Danny Boyle
Director Danny Boyle wields a wildly inventive visual style, spinning an atmosphere of playful magical realism punctuated by moments of pure cinematic exuberance. It is the tale of two Liverpudian lads who have just moved into a new house with their dad to begin a new life without their departed mother. Damien is a dreamer, representing all that is naive and unspoiled in the world. So when a duffle bag full of cash literally falls from the sky to Damien's feet, he thinks it's a gift from God and begins searching for poor people to give the money to...


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Released: 2005
Hop
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Dominique Standaert
Dieudonne and his son Justin are just settling down in front of the tube to watch the World Cup match when a racist neighbor sparks a conflict and father and son find themselves on the run from the police. Dieudonne is caught and deported to the Congo, but Justin manages to slip away and is taken under the wing of an ex-revolutionary and bomb expert. Hop treats the somber issues of immigration and political terrorism with humor, alternating tragic situations with comic details. The result is an exceptionally entertaining movie, full of warmth, humor and suspense.


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Released: 2004
Viva Cuba!
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
In this charming coming-of-age film from Cuba, preteens Jorgito and Malú have formed a deep bond, so when they learn Malú's divorced mother plans to remarry and leave the country, taking Malú with her, the two friends go on a quest to prevent their separation. Leaving Havana and traveling on foot and by any available vehicle, the children try to reach Malú's father before he signs papers permitting her to emigrate.


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Released: 2005
Story Of The Weeping Camel
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa
Set in the Gobi Desert, this film about a family of nomadic herders blends documentary and fiction into a uniquely affecting experience. After a difficult delivery, the mother camel refuses to look after her new colt. The Mongolian shepherds become concerned for the colt's health, and send two of their sons on a journey to the next village, looking for a musician who can help perform an ancient musical ceremony...


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Released: 2003
The Color of Paradise
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Majid Majidi
From Iranian director Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven) comes a powerful drama about life in modern Tehran for Mohammad, a blind eight-year-old boy. Kind-hearted and full of spirit, Mohammad is loved by everyone who meets him--except his father, who is ashamed of the boy and worried...


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Released: 1999
The Children of Heaven
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Majid Majidi
This Oscar-nominated drama from Iran illustrates the resilience and resourcefulness of young children in a sweet, heart-wrenching story that is part fairy tale, part family drama. When Ali loses his sister Zahra's only pair of shoes, they know their family is too poor...



Released: 1999
Turtles Can Fly
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Occupying a landmark as the first film shot in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Turtles Can Fly focuses on the realities of day-to-day existence for kids in the Kurdistan region of the war-torn country...


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Released: 2004
Bend It Like Beckham
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Carl Stevenson
Having shown great talent on the practice fields and in pick up games in the park, Jess dreams of playing professional soccer like her idol, David Beckham. Her very traditional Indian family disapproves of the sport, and forbids her from playing...



Released: 2002
Whale Rider
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Niki Caro
In this stunning drama about the clash between ancient customs and changing attitudes towards gender, 12-year-old Pai would be the future leader of her village--if she wasn't a girl. Despite the disapproval of her family, Pai is determined to prove...


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Released: 2003
Salaam Bombay!
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Mira Nair
Hard-hitting economic realities collide with the happily escapist illusions created by the movie industry in Salaam Bombay!, a festival favorite that launched the career of director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake). Eleven-year-old Krishna has lived on the streets since...



Released: 1988
Beauty and the Beast
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Jean Cocteau
Fifty years before Disney got to it, poet/director Jean Cocteau created this masterpiece, a film that fully embraced its fairy tale roots with delightfully surreal imagery and a heartbreaking romance between the finely-coiffed Beast and the Beauty...


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Released: 1947
Billy Elliot
Age Recommendation: 14+
Director: Stephen Daldry
When 11-year-old Billy Elliot quits boxing and takes up ballet, his decision doesn't sit well with his gruff father. Billy keeps it a secret from his classmates and friends, fearing they'll mock him...


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Released: 2000
Ma Vie en Rose
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Alain Berliner
Seven-year-old Ludovic is a boy who decides he should have been born a girl, and begins to sweetly experiment, trying on dresses and lipstick, and taking the female lead of Snow White in the school play...



Released: 1997
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