Feature Focus 2022
Focus on Features for Grades 4-7!
Our Feature Focus program (grades 4-7) 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.
When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
What: In-Person screenings for THE PATH and GABI, BETWEEN AGES 8 AND 13. The other programs are only available online.
Where: Vancity Theatre, Vancouver
TO REGISTER: Registration are now closed for the R2R Festival 2022
Health Measures: Teachers, students, and chaperones are required to wear masks during our indoor programs. All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after use. See full details on our Covid-19 health measures.
Cost: $7 per student (film + study guide)
When: All films available online from April 3-13, 2022
Where: Available online across British Columbia
To Register: Registration are now closed for the R2R Festival 2022
Gabi just wants to be Gabi–a noble quest for any young person trying to stay true to themselves–and yet it’s not always as easy as it sounds. From as young as 8 years old, Gabi asserts the astute observation that there is no remarkable difference between boys and girls, the difference seems to be the way boys are treated in comparison to girls. During these five formative years, debut documentary filmmaker Engeli Broberg patiently peers into an intimate world, as if a fly on the wall of Gabi’s gender evolution.
A Cambodian Buddhist, sci-fi – yes, you read that right! Nano technology has advanced to the point that the economically privileged live in an augmented reality. Unfortunately, not everyone in Phnom Penh has the means to be linked into the network. In fact the closest most in Tralop Bek come to ever being augmented is when scientists pay residents of the impoverished community to be test subjects for their new augments. Prompted by vivid dreams of his past lives, 13 year old Leng set out to find a rare golden statue believed to be taken from his home by the French, centuries ago. As they follow clues to find the statue, Leng and a local street scavenger, Srey Leak unearth unsettling information about Leng’s true identity.
Growing up in Aleppo, Syria, 12-year-old Lamya’s curious mind meets a fascinating muse in the poems of Rumi. Her tutor has offered the poems as a topic of study, to discuss Rumi’s life as a refugee. Taken by his words, Layma cannot conceive his full impact, until she too, like Rumi, finds herself fleeing her home, destined toward an unknown future. With her mother distraught and her community in ruin, with danger around every corner, Lamya escapes the turmoil through her dreams, her vast imagination, and the comforting words of this great poet (from the book her beloved teacher gave her and has now become her only earthly possession). The parallels of Rumi’s story, set in1221, form an alternate reality in which Lamya meets Rumi to connect with his experience in new and surprising ways.
Martin hates the idea of spending any time away from his gadgets and the conveniences of modern life. He’s going to need to get over himself, because his parents have signed him up for two weeks at a summer camp. The other kids all know each other from years of summers together in this most special spot. This year however, it would seem their idyllic green get away is under threat of disappearing. Without the comforts of technology, Martin will be challenged to either join the group or remain an outcast.
It’s 1941, and twelve-year-old Rolf and his father, Ludwig, must leave their hometown to escape Nazi persecution. On the border with Spain, they meet their guide: Núria, a girl only slightly older. Rolf, a city boy, and Núria, a country girl, embark on a dangerous journey through the Pyrenees, on a path that will teach them to trust and learn from each other.