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Where to Watch Shine Global Films

Shine Global’s films are available to rent or stream across many platforms.
Educators and organizations can also book in-person or hybrid screenings for many of our films directly with Shine Global. Please visit our “Host a Screening” page for more information and to submit a booking request.

1 Way Up

(2014) | 64 Minutes | Dir. Amy Mathieson
Tre and Quillan, two teenage boys on the road to the BMX World Championships, hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighborhoods in London with the only thing they have — a bike.  
Rating: PG (recommended for ages 8 and up)

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Dancing in Jaffa

(2013) | 88 Minutes | Dir. Hilla Medalia
Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches 10-year-old Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish- Israeli children to dance and compete together.
Rating: Recommended for ages 12 and up

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The Eagle Huntress

(2016) | 87 Minutes | Dir. Otto Bell
The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. 
Rating: G (Recommended for ages 8 and up)

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The Election Effect

(2018) | 42 Minutes | Dir.  Annie Eastman, Jerald Harkness, Kristi Jacobson, André Robert Lee, Becca Roth
The 2016 Election was unlike any we’ve seen in modern history. In its wake, a group of award-winning documentarians set out to chronicle what the results meant to students around the country. The result: The Election Effect, a Webby-nominated five-part documentary series that showcases life for the next generation of voters. Produced in Association with Paramount Network.
Rating: Recommended for ages 12 and up

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From This Small Place

(2023) | 77 Minutes | Dir.  Taimi Arvidson
A six-year-old boy named Hossain grows up in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh as the Rohingya refugee crisis becomes increasingly dangerous.
Rating: Recommended for ages 12 and up

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The Harvest (La Cosecha)

(2010) | 87 Minutes | Dir. U. Roberto Romano
Zulema, Perla, and Victor are three American child migrant farmworkers who struggle to preserve their childhoods while helping their families survive by picking the food we all eat. Executive Produced by Eva Longoria.
Rating: Recommended for ages 10 and up

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Home Is Somewhere Else

(2022) | 87 Minutes | Dir. Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos
This 2D feature “animentary” features three personal stories about immigrant youth to highlight the complexities and challenges they face today. Voiced by the actual children and their families, the stories are woven together by spoken word poet Lalo “El Deportee”, the film’s host and MC whose vibrant “Spanglish” breaks codes, switches standards, and pushes the viewer to decipher his poems. Each story has its own unique visual animation style drawn by three different teams. The animation allows us to truly see and feel these characters’ worst nightmares, alongside their colorful hopes and dreams for a better future.  
Rating: Recommended for ages 12 and up

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(2012) | 40 Minutes | Dir. Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine
Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary Short, Inocente is an inspiring coming of age story of a 15-year-old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist.
Rating: Recommended for ages 10 and up

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(2017) | 76 Minutes | Dir. Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp.
Five Swazi orphaned children turn past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective fairytale in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest. This genre-defying film weaves an animated hero’s journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance.
Rating: Recommended for ages 9 and up

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Through Our Eyes: Homefront

(2021) | 37 Minutes | Dir. Kristi Jacobson.
In HOMEFRONT, three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and together journey toward collective healing.
Rating: Recommended for ages 9 and up


Onyx Family Dinner

(2021) | 8 episodes (15- 20 min each)
“Onyx Family Dinner” follows the Onyx family, a warm, creative and supportive Black family with a robust fanbase (more than 7 million subscribers across their YouTube channels) as they share their passion for learning about the world and encouraging families to engage with each other. A seat at the dinner table with dad Mirthell, mom Rita and kids Shalom, Sinead, Shasha, and Shiloh, brings meaningful discussions about what’s going on in their lives and important topics such as mental health, school curriculum bias, Black hair and hair discrimination, social activism in sports, urban gardening and sustainability, body positivity and self-esteem and how to be a changemaker. The series’ diverse roster of dinner guests including former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho, fashion influencer Kellie Brown, mental health advocate Diana Chao, activist and founder of Youth Advocates for Change Tiana Day, student and hair discrimination activist Faith Fennidy, fashion designer and urban gardener Ron Finley, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Emmy Award-winning sports journalist Jemele Hill who help broaden the conversation by offering different perspectives, interesting stories and valuable insight.


Tre Maison Dasan

(2018) | 94 Minutes | Dir. Denali Tiller
An intimate view of childhood through the eyes of three boys – Tre, Maison, and Dasan themselves – whose lives are complicated by having a parent in prison. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood, and directly through their perspectives, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age when a parent is behind bars.
Rating: Recommended for high school and up

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Virtually Free

(2020) | 40 Minutes | Dir. André Robert Lee
Every year about 300,000 kids are confined in juvenile detention in the US. 70-80% percent of those detained will be re-arrested within 3 years. The film follows three teens in a Richmond detention center, who are offered the chance to become activists speaking truth to power. Participating in a local arts organizations’ program, they are taught by different artists to deliver their powerful, authentic messages to the public, law enforcement, and government officials using their art, including a VR jail cell they’ve helped create.
Rating: Recommended for ages 12 and up

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Waiting for Mamu

(2013) | 40 Minutes | Dir. Thomas Morgan
In Waiting for Mamu, 28-year-old Pushpa Basnet struggles to provide a typical childhood for the more than 150 children she has rescued from the floors of Nepal’s prisons. Pushpa, or Mamu as she is called by the children, feeds, clothes, educates, and loves her children while struggling to pay rent and overcome the discrimination of landlords and neighbors when she is surprised by worldwide recognition as the 2012 CNN Hero of the year.
Rating: Recommended for ages 9 and up

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(2007) | 90 Minutes | Dir.  Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
This Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award®-winning documentary follows three children who triumph over civil war and the Lord’s Resistance Army, finding hope in the future by competing in Uganda’s national music and dance festival. 
Rating: PG-13

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War/Dance Returns

(2009) | 16 Minutes | Dir.  Josie Swantek
In the summer of 2008, director Sean Fine, executive producer Susan MacLaury, and the original War Dance film crew traveled back to Uganda for the first time since War Dance was filmed. Finally, the people of Uganda, were able to watch War Dance, the film dedicated to sharing their story with the world. Approximately 7-10 thousand of people came to see the film in the Patongo camp making a lasting impression on the entire crew as well as Rose, Nancy, and Dominic.

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The Wrong Light

(2016) | 80 Minutes | Dir. Josie Swantek Heitz and Dave Adams
Exploring the dark side of child advocacy, we follow the mystery of two Thai girls whose parents supposedly sold them into sex work only to discover that the story was a lie fabricated by the advocate who claims to have rescued them. The girls decide to fight back to reclaim their identities despite the risk of losing everything.
Rating: Recommended for ages 13 and up

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The Difference

(2018) | 23 Minutes | Dir. Becca Roth
“The Difference” is a short documentary series that explores the powerful stories of children whose lives have positively – sometimes vitally – changed because of their relationship with a mentor.