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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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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
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
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
The Red Balloon
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Albert Lamorisse
The Red Balloon is a classic of children's cinema, as the image of the film’s titular balloon, glowing an impossibly dazzling shade of Technicolor red, has seared itself into so many childhood memories. The film’s story is deceptively simple...


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Released: 1956
White Mane
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Albert Lamorisse
From the director of The Red Balloon comes another award-winning classic short film. This story focuses on White Mane, the rebellious and proud leader of a pack of wild horses, who dodges the herdsmen’s repeated attempts to capture him. After one dangerous escape, he meets the adolescent fisherman Folco...


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Released: 1952
Linda Linda Linda
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
After their lead singer abruptly quits the band, three girls must recruit a new singer and learn some new songs before the big talent contest at their high school. The plot is classic rock n' roll drama, as the girls endure...


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Released: 2005
A Shot in the Dark
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Blake Edwards
The funniest film in the Pink Panther series, in which Sellers created his most famous role, the thoroughly inept French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau...



Released: 1964
Duck Soup
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Leo McCarey
The Marx Bros.' best film is this madcap farce in which Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, leader of the imaginary country of Freedonia, who must woo the nation's wealthy benefactor...



Released: 1933
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance
Age Recommendation: 9 to Adult
Director: Darren Ashton
The 2008 Festival opened with the US Premiere of Razzle Dazzle, an Australian mockumentary that skewers the absurdities of the intense competition between kids on the youth dance troupe circuit—and the hyper-involved parents who live through them. A hilarious cross...



Released: 2007
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