SAFF 2023 :: Saturday Matinee :: Children's Session

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Event Details

Children's Session

Children’s Session – Theater 1
Saturday, November 18, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

On Saturday, November 18th we will host programs in two theaters at The Frida Cinema, starting at 10:00 AM. The theater is located at:

305 E 4th St #100
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 285-9422

The content, selections, and schedule subject to change without notice.

Theater 1 opens at 10:20 for the Children’s session. Children and their parents can enjoy a program of dance, animated films and book readings which begins at 10:30 AM.

The animated films include:

Bruce Singh The Lumberjack

The Lumberjack is a fun interactive bedtime story for children


The Koh-I-Noor, once the largest diamond in the world, has a storied 5,000-year journey intertwined with the fates of empires. Mined in ancient India, the legendary gem was looted by Iranian-Afghani ruler Nadir Shah in the 14th century, passing to Afghan royalty. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ruler of the wealthy Sikh Empire, ingeniously retrieved the diamond for India by rescuing Afghan prince Shah Shuja under the promise of the stone. But Shuja deceitfully claimed Koh-I-Noor lost. Through clever diplomacy and spies, Ranjit Singh ultimately succeeded in reclaiming India’s crown jewel in the 19th century. Yet this was not the end of Koh-I-Noor’s epic travels, as it later passed to the British during colonial rule. Today, the mythic diamond remains a prize possession of Queen Elizabeth II, a reminder of bygone eras of conquest and cunning on the global stage.

The Stone That Hit M. Ranjit Singh


This 3D animated tale illuminates a defining moment in the life of 19th century Punjab emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh, showcasing his wisdom and generosity of spirit.

While riding atop an elephant through the capital city of Lahore after a victory celebration, Ranjit Singh was struck on the forehead by a stone thrown from behind a wall. Though he sustained an injury, the Maharaja demonstrated immense grace. Rather than punish the culprits, he pensioned the family who occupied the home near the wall, recognizing they acted out of poverty. His merciful response exemplified true leadership.

Bhangra dance workshop by Sahej Kaur Chawla

A Bhangra dance session for children will be led by Sahej Kaur Chawla, a pharmacy student at UCI and UCLA alum. Sahej will be teaching the lively folk dance Bhangra, which originates from Punjab, India. Having practiced Bhangra since childhood and performed with UCLA’s Bruin Bhangra team, Sahej is excited to share her passion with the next generation. She has also been a  graduate advisor for UCI’s Rang De Irvine Bhangra team. In this beginner-friendly workshop, children will learn the vibrant steps of Bhangra.

Stories read by Kristeen Singh and Sonya Soni.

This session is free!

Come in and enjoy hours of free entertainment.


November 18, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

The Frida Cinema