SJFF 2022 – BLOCK 13 – I Was Not Born for War [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 28 – Oct. 2

Watch in person: Oct. 2 at 7:30pm

In-person tickets

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Virtual tickets

$5 – $25 Sliding Scale

Festival passes

$50 – $125 Sliding Scale

Festival Passes grant access to BOTH virtual AND in-person film programs!
Individual Tickets are available, as well, but are for EITHER virtual-only OR in-person-only access.

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

I Was Not Born for War

US premiere!
(Vladyslav Robskyi, Ukraine, 2022, 70 min, in Ukrainian with English subtitles)

CW: The film includes archival footage showing military action. It shows how the bodies of dead men are transported. There are several obscene expressions in the Ukrainian language.

Kostya Oborin went through hell in war, yet never lost his fortitude and faith in people. Now, in a rather unusual way, he helps people with disabilities bring back their thirst for life.

Oborin prepares two disabled veterans of the ATO (the War in Donbas) for a parachute jump. They’ve never skydived, but Oborin is both persuasive and reassuring: the jump is a method of rehabilitation, to broaden their minds and provide a strong, clear example of positive risk-taking. Training for it is not easy, but it’s worth it.

Header photo credit: I Was Not Born for War, dir. Vladyslav Robskyi

FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

Screens with:

The Afghan Journalist

(Bettina Hanna, US, 2022, 5 min, in English & Persian with English subtitles)

An Afghan journalist escaped from Afghanistan and the Taliban and is now living in the United States. After spending three months in a military base, he is currently living in San Diego. When he was fleeing, he also helped two other women escape. They have since been reunited in San Diego and are happy to live without fear or danger.

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Presented by the Social Justice Film Institute, Northwest Film Forum, and the Meaningful Movies Project, the 2022 Social Justice Film Festival is a celebration of the power of people and film to push for change within their homes and communities.

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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