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Top Ten Family Films
1. Top Spin
This inside look at the offbeat sport of table tennis (ping pong) turns one of America's favorite pastimes on its head.
2. The Butterfly
Michel Serrault plays an ornery butterfly collector who lives alone. But things change when 8-year-old Elsa moves in next door.
3. Linnea in Monet's Garden
The charming tale of a little girl's love affair with Impressionist Claude Monet's paintings is now brought to life in full animation.
4. Coach Jake
Meet the most successful high school soccer coach in America, who encourages talented kids from Africa and beyond to join his program.
5. Ballet Boys
Billy Elliot meets First Position in this portrait of three young dancers.
6. The Dancer
Follow Katja Björner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School as she develops into a professional ballerina.
7. PS Dance!
Step inside the halls of five NYC public schools and celebrate dance!
8. Please Vote for Me
This Academy short-listed documentary joins a third-grade class in central China that is about to hold their first open elections.
9. Know How
A film written and acted by foster care youth, Know How's interweaving stories center around transience and perseverance.
 
10. Jane's Journey
Academy short-listed, this feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of world-famous primatologist Jane Goodall.

 
New and Notable

Montessori: Let the Child Be The Guide
Filmmaker Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6) and observes this child-centered educational approach for an entire year.


Small Wonders
This Oscar nominated documentary follows the story of a teacher who takes her Harlem violin students on a journey from beginner musicians to performing onstage at Carnegie Hall.

Family Docs

Alone on the Island of The Blue Dolphins
Every year nearly half a million children read 'Island of The Blue Dolphins,' the story of a Native American girl left alone for 18 years on a remote California island in the 1800s. This documentary explores her true story.

Dance Class

TuTuMUCH
Through the eyes of nine young girls from around the world, TutuMUCH is the behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to become a dancer, giving us a rare look at a summer that no one will ever forget.

From Across The Ocean

Louise By The Shore
On the last day of summer in a small seaside resort town, an older woman named Louise realizes that the last train has departed without her. With no one to keep her company, she must rely on her past to help her survive the present.

Animated Delights

Abel's Island
Based on the beloved classic from Shrek author William Steig, this Emmy-nominated film tells the story of Abel, a mouse who gets swept away in a flood and stranded for over a year on a deserted island.