Welcome to the 2016 Festival. We are delighted to celebrate our 18 anniversary this year and hope that you join us for the festivities. Explore and enjoy our wonderful program.
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Almost Friends

In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Two students correspond online as pen pals through a program combining education and technology. Samar is 12, and has an Arab-Israeli mother and a Palestinian father from the Occupied Territories. She lives in Lod, a city marred by poverty and crime. Linor is 11, and was born in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip, but now lives in Tlamim, a religious settlement in the Lachish region. Only 67 km separate Lod and Tlamim, and both towns are situated geographically between Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Gaza. The girls are not only separated by an hour’s drive, we soon find they are also separated by a vast national, cultural and ideological abyss. Meeting face-to-face adds an exciting, tense, and often surprising component to the two girls’ lives, sweeping them and their families into a profound and complex experience.

April and the Extraordinary World


In French with English subtitles

Set in Paris, 1941, this riveting sci-fi adventure offers an alternative history of Europe when Napoleon V ruled France. Any technology since the steam engine has been suppressed. Pollution has ravaged the world to the point where vegetation is almost non-existent. A brilliant teenage girl named April lives on the streets of Paris as an orphan, hiding the scientific research she continues on behalf of her missing parents. She goes on a quest to search for her parents ten years after their disappearance. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin, her grandfather, and a young police informant, she soon finds herself on the run from government agents and in the middle of a shadowy conspiracy.

Birds of Passage

Les oiseaux de passage

In French with English subtitles

For her tenth birthday, Cathy’s whimsical father gives her a present that is a little out of the ordinary, a duck egg. Her father warns her: the duckling will think the first person it sees is its mother. Against all odds, that first person is Margaux. While Cathy is quite prepared to let Margaux play the role of mother duck, Margaux’s parents have a different view. Overwhelmed by their daughter’s physical accessibility needs, which confine her to a wheelchair, they don’t believe she is capable of taking care of a pet. Afraid that the duckling will end up as canned cat food, Cathy and Margaux set out on an adventurous journey to set the duckling free in its natural habitat.

Hördur - Between Worlds

Hördur - Zwischen den Welten

In German and Turkish with English subtitles

Aylin, is a seventeen-year-old Turkish-Muslim student living in Mannheim, Germany. She has taken over running the household and caring for her little brother Emre, since the death of her mother. As pressure builds at home, with her father searching for steady work, a run-in with the school bully pushes her over the edge. Her pent up emotions come out in a sudden rush of violence, and Aylin is sentenced to do community service at a stable. There she becomes mesmerized by a rare Icelandic wild horse named Hördur. Over time, the relationship between Aylin and the stable owner Iris develops into an enriching mentorship, and she enrolls Aylin in the upcoming competition.

How to Steal a Dog

개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법

In Korean with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Ji-so is desperate. Ever since her father left, she’s been living in a pizza truck with her mom, and looking after her little brother, Ji-suk. Deeply embarrassed by her situation, Ji-so desperately wants to live a normal life in a house, but her mother is barely making ends meet in her job as a waitress. When Ji-so finds a poster offering a five-hundred-dollar reward for the return of a lost dog, she believes the money would be enough to buy exactly the type of house she yearns for. She and her school friend Chae-rang hatch a plan. They will steal the dog owned by her mother’s rich employer and claim a reward for its return.

It Runs in the Family

In English and some Filipino with English subtitles

A young Filipino-Canadian artist, Jay Cabalu is the focus of his sister’s latest documentary, a follow up to her short film Stand Still about her family, which screened at R2R in 2015. Jay and Joella travel from Vancouver, Canada to Oakland, California to Manila, Philippines on a journey to meet their queer relatives.

Viewers are invited into Jay's art studio, as he creates a new collage, which explores identity, his relationship to his family, and sheds light on his struggle with being gay and Roman Catholic. It Runs in the Family is an intimate exploration of acceptance and what the modern queer family can be in the Filipino diaspora.

Recommended for ages 13+

Themes: identity, family, religion, finding your voice

Monkey King: Hero is Back


Dubbed in English

The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth. After angering the Gods, he was imprisoned in an ice cage deep within the mountains. Five hundred years later, child-snatching monsters attack a small village. The young orphan Jiang Liu’er, a monk in training, escapes to the mountains to save one of the children, and unknowingly disrupts the spell that holds the Monkey King hostage.

Phantom Boy

In French with English subtitles

Hospitalized with a serious illness, eleven-year-old Leo discovers that he is able to leave his body and fly around New York City, passing through walls just like a phantom. One day, Leo has a chance meeting with police officer Alex. He is confined to a wheelchair after his injury at the hands of a scarfaced kingpin — a villain who has just taken control of the city's power supply and given the Mayor a twenty-four-hour ultimatum. When Alex learns of Leo's abilities, they partner to become a crimefighting duo. Along with fearless reporter Mary, they will race against time to save the city.

T.I.M. - The Incredible Machine

In Dutch with English subtitles

Bullied at school, eleven-year-old Tibor can only depend on his outdated house robot. T.I.M. has been with Tibor since he was very young, and shares stories of Tibor's late mother, which are archived in memory files on T.I.M.’s failing hard drive. Hoping to save his oldest friend from becoming scrap metal, Tibor sets out to find T.I.M.’s creator, the elusive Hector Sammler. With very little to guide him, Tibor ventures out of the city to find the robot's previous owners and gather clues to Hector's whereabouts. Along the way, he encounters Kiki, a young girl who lives in a secluded forest without technology. She gives Tibor the confidence he needs to continue on his quest to save his lifelong friend.

The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

위성 소녀와 젖소
In Korean with English subtitles
KITSAT-1 is a lonely satellite orbiting the globe. It becomes curious to learn about human emotions after hearing the signal of a song from earth. KITSAT-1 decides to give up being a satellite and descends from outer-space in the form of a girl named Il-ho. She meets Kyung-chon, an unfortunate young musician who has been transformed into a milk cow, and is on the run from the evil Incinerator. Il-ho is touched by Kyung-chun’s music and plight, and sets out to help him turn back into a human.

This outrageous, sci-fi fantasy love story is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s a must see for fans of anime.

Recommended for ages 11+

Themes: family, homelessness, morality