Facets Children’s Programs and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Facets Children’s Programs and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival


Mexican Heritage

Once I Dreamt

Celebrate traditions as these characters explore their heritage in ten short films from Mexico and the United States for grades 3-5.

All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and program includes an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with the Common Core is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

To schedule a screening at Facets or at your school contact: fldtrips@facets.org or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.


Program Details:  

Grades 3-5 (Ages 9-11)
90-minute program includes media education

“Mexican Heritage” – Program Description (PDF)  

Ciscalo Ciscalo Diablo Danzon
Feet, Why Do I Need Them?
Day of the DeadOnce I Dreamt
Cabrito and Chewy
Day of the Dead
El Tux
Tintico’s Afternoons
Footballers: “My Sister’s 15th Birthday”

Celebrate Mexican traditions as characters from this collection of extraordinary films explore their cultural heritage. In an inventive child-produced animated short film, ponder poetic questions with Frida Kahlo’s personal journal. In another film, Rita Moreno reveals a town’s annual loving preparations to honor ancestors. What is it like to be a recent immigrant, a math whiz at school – but to struggle with cultural bias? Then, in an other film, Pepe doesn’t understand the big fuss his family makes with his sister’s upcoming Quinceañera – until he realizes the part he gets to play in the celebration, representing the family as her chambelan. Honor heritage and culture with these shorts from Mexico and the US!