Feature Focus 2020
Focus on Features for Grades 4-7!
Our Feature Focus program promotes an in-depth development of media literacy and critical thinking skills. These weekday matinee screenings of thought-provoking films are followed by a Q&A with a discussant about the film’s content, message and aesthetic. Viewing guides are provided to all participating teachers, with useful questions, activities and resources for integrating each program’s content into your classroom.
Each school group registered for the film screening has the option of booking a Direct Animation workshop (see description below) by our artist in residence, Kellen Jackson, which will be offered at your school, post-festival (from April 25 through May 14). Please inform us of three dates that your class will be available.
This program is available for grades 4–7.
TO REGISTER: Please fill in the form below. Email education[at]r2rfestival.org if you have any questions.
Cost: $7 per student (film + study guide)
OR $15 per student (film + study guide + workshop at your school)
Cancellation Policy: Your booking must be cancelled at least one month in advance for a full refund. Please send your cancellation in writing to the education [at] r2rfestival.org.
Direct Animation workshop: Explore the art and history of cinema. Students will etch, draw and paint on 16mm celluloid to create a collaborative short film. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to see their work projected, and go home with their own 16mm loop.
Binti has a charming personality, she just doesn’t seem to have those all-important followers. Not yet. Convinced she has what it takes to be famous on social media, Binti vlogs every moment. When the immigration police raid her home, and try to deport her and her dad, they are forced to flee. Seeking refuge with her new friend, Elias must find the courage to stand up for his friend.
Sophie and Fritzi spend their days dreaming, and dancing with Sophie’s dog, Sputnik. Their summer is interrupted when Sophie is whisked away to her grandma’s house in Hungary. Soon it becomes apparent that she won’t be coming back to East Germany: the Berlin Wall has been erected.
Sam has concerns that he’ll eventually be on his own. While on family holiday he meets Tess, a somewhat more worldly eleven-year-old who is definitely up to something sneaky! An adventurous summer unravels as Sam and Tess become unlikely friends, learning extraordinary things about themselves and each other. This heartwarming film won the Audience Award at the NY Children’s Film Festival.
Convinced Akane is the sacred ‘Goddess of the Green Wind,’ an alchemist and his tiny fairy-like assistant usher her to their hidden world where not much makes sense. Director Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Miss Hokusai) returns to R2R with his marvellous creation, depicting a fantasy of pure Wonka-esque imagination.