Inaugural Film Festival Highlights Films of Conscience

Final_GFFF_Poster (2)The Greater Farmington Film Festival today through March 6-8, offers a selection of feature films and documentaries that engage the heart and mind, explore important social issues and inspire action. Films with a conscience. Good films for a better world. 

Featured films include REJECT, Short Term 12, Wadjda, Rising from Ashes, Eleanor’s Secret, Girl Rising, and #standwithme. The Greater Farmington Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to enjoy inspiring films that have not been released widely in Michigan or screened at all. 

REJECT is a documentary about rejection and bullying that offers insight and solutions for modeling acceptance for children. Producer Peter Brauer will be in attendance. 

Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers. 

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and though living in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. The first feature film shot entirely in Saudia Arabia, and also directed by a female filmmaker. 

Rising from Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. 

Eleanor’s Secret is an animated film about a magic library where all the characters from classic children’s books come alive. 

Girl Rising is a feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. 

#standwithme is a documentary presenting a 9-year-old with a dream that a lemonade stand could free 500 children. Slavery still exists. The chocolate we love, that rug in our living room, or the cell phone in our pocket, all may have been touched by the hands of a child slave. 

Tickets are on sale now at and are $5 each or a full festival pass can be purchased for $25. Tickets are available at the Farmington Civic Theater and at the Costick Center at 28600 Eleven Mile Road in Farmington Hills. 

Audiences can expect to leave each film inspired to take action to make their community and world a better place. To facilitate this, each film will be paired with an area nonprofit organization that works in a related field and representatives from these organizations will be available to discuss their work and highlight opportunities for volunteers and donors.

The festival will take place at the Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College and at the Farmington Civic Theater. The Greater Farmington Film Festival is cosponsored by kickstART farmington, the Cinematic Arts program at Oakland Community College, the Cultural Arts Division of Farmington Hills, the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation, Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington Community Library, Cengage Gale, and Valassis Women’s Network. More information about the festival is available 

kickstART farmington is a non-profit arts organization that aims to strengthen the community through the arts. More information is available at our website: or on


By Margarita Bauza Wagerson


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