Long Way North(2015)
Animated adventure about a noble Russian teen who sets out on a voyage to track down her grandfather, whose ship was lost en route to the North Pole.
With a female writing team behind the story, this adventure features a determined young woman who refuses to conform to the expectations of high society. Instead, Sasha is inspired to follow in her explorer grandfather’s footsteps. Despite the difficulty being accepted as the lone female in an all-male ship’s crew, Sasha proves herself a valuable member of the team.Read more
When Marnie Was There(2014)
A shy girl sent to the country to recover from asthma discovers an abandoned mansion and begins to explore its mysteries with her new friend Marnie.
This charming final offering from Studio Ghibli, who frequently centre their stories around curious girls, focuses on the power of female friendship. While shy and complex Anna isn’t the easiest girl to get on with, her mysterious new-found friend Marnie helps her to come out of her shell.Read more
A courageous teenager follows in the footsteps of her ancestors in sailing across the Oceanic seas, accompanied by the demi-god called Maui.
This adventure celebrates the power of the ocean to connect as well as divide, and offers a new kind of Disney princess – Moana, the one chosen to conquer the seas once again after her island begins to suffer from lack of food. Brave, strong, and with the knack for navigation in her blood, Moana is the real hero in this story, although demi-god Maui offers a little help.Read more
The Eagle Huntress(2016)
Inspiring documentary about a 13 year-old girl seeking to defy tradition and become an eagle hunter in her isolated Mongolian community.
Historically, sports has been been a male-dominated arena and this is also the case for eagle hunting, a sport that takes place in Mongolia by the Kazakh community. Determined to be the first female eagle hunter to compete, Aisholpan follows in the footsteps of her ancestors, breaking away from traditions and opening up a new path for other young girls.Read more
April and the Extraordinary World(2015)
In a smoggy steam-powered Paris, young scientist April is trying to finish her parents’ project to invent an invincibility serum.
Based on a graphic novel, this thrilling adventure set in an alternate version of the past explores the power of science to alter history, and features an inspiring hero in the character of April, a talented young scientist on the run from people who want to seize her valuable knowledge.Read more
A sweet and uplifting story about ten-year-old girl Wadjda who refuses to let the fact she's a girl stop her from doing the things she wants to do.
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, who became the first woman to release a film in Saudi Arabia, this film also looks at what it takes to break society's rules on the lives of young girls and women. Although 10-year-old Wadjda is told she cannot ride a bike or play with boys, she is determined to proof those around her wrong, in this thoughtful drama.Read more
Akeelah and The Bee(2006)
Inspiring and uplifting movie about an impoverished child who discovers an exceptional spelling talent.
Akeelah is a bright 11-years-old at a predominantly Black school who is encouraged by the headteacher to sign up for a spelling bee competition. Unable to see her own potential at first she refuses to take part, but with the encouragement of a mentor she finds her confidence and starts to believe in her ability to do everything she sets her mind to.Read more
Snow-filled and funny Disney adventure inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's icy fairytale, The Snow Queen.
This hugely popular Disney tale, written and directed by Jennifer Lee, features sisters Anna and Elsa, who grow apart when Elsa’s magical powers become too powerful for her to control. However, in this adventure it’s revealed that sisterly love will find a way, especially when the leaders of neighbouring towns try to take advantage of the sisters’ unusual situation…Read more
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