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GIFF Presents: Little People Big Dreams at Geek & Coffee

By Nina Rodríguez

The Mexican senate just approved the celebration of a “National Day of Little People” to be held on October 25. Just in time for that, you’ll have the opportunity to catch a free screening of the documentary Little People, Big Dreams presented by the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) at Geek & Coffee (next to Fabrica la Aurora by the duck pond) this Wednesday October 14 at 8pm.

Little People, Big Dreams
Wed, Oct 14, 8pm
Geek and Coffee
Fábrica la Aurora
By the duck pond

The film lifts curtains to the most unlikely and controversial kingdom on Earth: Dwarves Empire, a questionable theme park in China, a country with an estimated 85 million individuals living with disabilities. At Dwarves Empire, dozens of little people reside and perform for anyone who pays a US$16 entrance fee. Tourists can enjoy a fantasy world where little people work in mushroom houses, dress in fairytale costumes, and put on a variety of performances.

Founded by a Chinese millionaire as a utopia, the park has taken heat from international press for the exploitation of little people that is reminiscent of medieval freak shows. Its founder, however, is standing firm behind his vision: a platform that provides little people with “worth and dignity.”

In observational documentary style, Little People, Big Dreams chronicles the journeys of a few employees at a pivotal point in their lives while exploring the cost of prejudice and shades of modern-day morality. Connected by a will to pursue their dreams and a life of happiness, these little people take their chances in an uncertain world.

The film’s award-winning director, Mak CK from Singapore, will be in attendance to present and discuss his film after the screening. He comments, “Through this film, I’ve had the privilege of learning about the lives of little people in the world’s most populous nation. The personal life stories featured in the film are both heartbreaking and inspiring. Their pains, triumphs, and dreams are a lot more similar to those of average-sized people than largely perceived. This is a universal tale about the pursuit of happiness.”

Little People, Big Dreams premiered at the prestigious CPH:DOX film festival in Denmark last November and has since traveled the globe to much acclaim.

Check for more information and a trailer.


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