Upstate Films and YWCA Ulster County present

Family Films ‘Round the World!

April 2-June 18, 2022

Celebrate international cultures with six wondrous family films, each honoring a different place around the globe. Many screenings will include special programming in celebration of the country/culture featured in the films.

This is a pay-what-you-will series.


Kiki’s Delivery Service  

11a Saturday, April 2 @ Orpheum / 11a Saturday, April 9 @ Starr                   

Plus a celebration of Japan!

The legendary Hayao Miyazaki tells the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service … only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It’s a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world. (Japan, 1982, 102m) ALL AGES

“A giddy, glorious seaside story about a budding young witch and her sarcastic cat.” Guardian


Whale Rider              

11a Saturday, April 16  @ Orpheum / 11a Saturday, April 23 @ Starr             

Plus a celebration of New Zealand

Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.(New Zealand, 2003, 101m) AGES 10 AND UP

“Fresh, observant, tough, and genuinely moving.” –Roger Ebert


Dora and the Lost City of Gold

11a Saturday, April 30 @ Orpheum                                                                                               

11a Saturday May 7 @ Starr      Plus a celebration of Incan culture!

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet: high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.

“Joyful and confident … it practically dares you not to walk out of the theater with a smile on your face.” –San Francisco Chronicle


Kirikou and the Sorceress

11a Sat. May 14 @ Orpheum / 11a Sat. May 21 @ Starr 

Plus a celebration of Africa

When Kirikou is born, his African village is under a curse, with a drought and many of the men disappearing. He embarks upon a journey to the Forbidden Mountain to meet the Wise Man, in hopes of saving his people. A magical, almost wordless adventure by Michel Ocelot. Winner, Annecy Animation Festival (France, 1998, 71m)

“Delightful … gorgeous … one of the most enchanting animated features in quite some time.”–BBC


Secret of Kells

11a Saturday, May 28 @ Orpheum / 11a Sat. June 4 @ Starr           

Plus a celebration of Ireland

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (Ireland/France, 2009 75m)  AGES 9 AND UP

“A breathtaking mixture of Celtic mythology and creative animation.” –Seattle Times



11a Saturday, June 11  @ Orpheum / 11 am Saturday, June 18  @ Starr   

Plus a celebration of Australia!

A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog — or, rather, sheep pig — in this charming family film. (Australia, 1995, 91m)  ALL AGES

“A  preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with kids and adults, too.” -Philadelphia Enquirer