Talent Lab 2019

Feature Films for High School Students

This is an excellent field trip opportunity for high school students to learn about films and cultures from around the world. These weekday screenings of award-winning feature films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker (when possible) or a discussant. Viewing guides are provided to all participating teachers, offering useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program’s content into the curriculum.

When: Monday, April 8 | Wednesday, April 10 | Thursday, April 11, 2019
Where: Vancity Theatre

Dealing with the pressures of the first year of high school, Mylia copes as well as she can. She finds herself attracted to Jimmy, a boy that her classmates see as a rogue outlier living on an Indigenous reserve. With Jimmy’s steadfast encouragement for Mylia to move outside of her comfort zone, she discovers personal truths that make her first year of high school one to remember. Preceded by: Bloeistratt 11

In northwestern China, surrounded by cotton fields and desert, lies the Uyghur village that Isa calls home. When he’s not at school or working on his parents‘ farm, he spends carefree days with his friends, until the outside world forces him to say one goodbye after another. Winter is closing in on Isa’s world and his childhood is slowly fading as his responsibilities grow. Captured in naturalistic documentary style, A First Farewell is a delicate coming of age portrait. It is a formidable first feature, by Lina Wang, who grew up in the Uighur region in Xinjiang.

Inside the world’s biggest video game studio, Ubisoft, a constantly growing team of designers works on what will become one of last year’s most popular games, For Honor. The stakes are incredibly high to make a ‘hit’ game. Like the game’s characters, the creators face adversity which has them question why they began this project in the first place and examines how they might finish the project with honour.

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