TALENT LAB - for High School (grades 8-12)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | VANCITY THEATRE

Talent Lab is an excellent opportunity for youth to develop media literacy, cultural awareness, and global understanding.These weekday matinee screenings of thought-provoking films are followed by a Q&A and panel with the filmmakers, producers and actors for further in depth discussion about content, message and aesthetic.

This year’s theme is youth activism. The panelists will discuss the potential of media to inspire social change.

Viewing guides are provided for most films to all participating teachers, providing useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program's content into the classroom.


TALENT LAB - for Elementary School (grades 4-7)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | VANCITY THEATRE 

This is an excellent fieldtrip opportunity for youth to learn about films and cultures from around the world. These weekday matinee screenings of award-winning feature films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, discussant or Festival Director.  All films are accompanied by a study guide with relevant information about the films and suggested discussion questions, activities, and resources. There are grade recommendations for each film. The Talent Lab program includes the option of attending the How to Make an Animated GIF workshop (see the bottom of this page for workshop details). The workshop is available to school groups and home-learners by pre-registration. 

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.

This family film is about friendship, responsibility, and the need to be independent.

Recommended for ages 10+

Themes: accessibility, discrimination, friendship, overcoming obstacles, social and emotional development

Advisory: there are moments when the duckling and girls are in danger

Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grade 4-7. Director Olivier Ringer will join us via skype for a Q&A at the opening screening and the Feature Focus screening! The Opening Night Screening will be followed by a party with refreshments, music, and fun activities.


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Réal. Olivier Ringer | Belgique, France | 2015 | 1h 24mn
En français avec sous-titres anglais

Le très original père de Cathy lui offre pour ses dix ans un cadeau qui sort de l’ordinaire: un oeuf de canard à faire éclore. Quand un caneton sort de sa coquille, l’a prévenue son père, il pense que la première personne qu’il voit est sa mère. Or, cette première personne n’est pas Cathy, mais sa meilleure amie Margaux. Si Cathy est prête à lui laisser jouer ce rôle, les parents de Margaux ont une toute autre opinion. Dépassés par le handicap de leur fille qui la confine dans un fauteuil roulant, ils pensent que Margaux n’est pas en état de s'occuper d'un bébé canard. Effrayées que le caneton ne finisse en conserve, elles se lancent dans un périple avec l’intention de le rendre à son habitat naturel. Film pour toute la famille sur l’amitié, la responsabilité et le besoin d’acquérir son indépendance. Recommandé pour les 10 ans et plus.

Thèmes: handicap, discrimination, amitié, vaincre l’adversité, développement social et émotionnel


* Suivi du Gala d’ouverture du festival R2R!



*Opening Night ticket prices are higher and the Opening Night screening is not included with passes.

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 18:30
Sat, 04/09/2016 - 14:00
Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:00

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.

Classification: TBA

Recommended for ages 13+

Themes: friendship, racism, media and perception, cultural exchange, growing up, peer and family pressure

Advisory: Adults say hurtful and prejudicial things that undermine an intercultural friendship. An adult smokes.

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Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grades 8-12. The film will be followed by a discussion and participatory session with R2R's Artist in Residence, Filmmaker Jessica Bradford, and an R2R Board Member. 



Preceded by:

This Land is Mine | Nina Paley | USA | 2013 | 4 min

This animated musical from Nina Paley, director of Sita Sings the Blues and The Prophet (R2R 2015), is a brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.

Using the visual storytelling tropes of comics and videogames, Paley captures the subtleties and complexities of the interplay of religion, geopolitics, and the fatal human hunger for power underpinning the region’s long history of conflict.

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:00

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

Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grades 8-12. Filmmaker, Joella Cabalu and subject of the documentary Jay Cabalu, will be in attendence to answer questions with the film's producer Cari Green.




Preceded by:

StandStill | Joella Cabalu | Canada (BC) | 2015 | 9 min
In English and some Filipino with English subtitles

A sister feels stuck in the middle between supporting her gay brother in expressing his sexual identity, and considering the viewpoint of her Catholic parents. They say they accept their son's homosexuality, but do not approve of him being in a same-sex relationship.


Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:00
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