FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 13

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.

Florence and The Fish

This coming-of-age story is about a young girl who has found a unique way of coping with the drowning of her friend.

Advisory: At the beginning of the film, you see a child struggling to stay afloat.

Imogen

​Imogen wants to play with her dad, but he’s too busy talking on the phone. She decides to fly off into her imagination.

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

Kingdom of Garbage

Zahraa is a refugee who dreams of going to school. Instead, she spends her days with her brother, Hassan, scouring a landfill site for valuable materials, and competing with other scavengers. When a trade between Zahraa and the self proclaimed ‘King of Garbage’ goes wrong, her relationship with Hassan is tested to the breaking point.

In Arabic with English subtitles.

 

Sovereign Paperwork

A man spends hours sorting through his files, and is surprised to come across a blank paper. This brings about an unexpected change.

 

The Cut

Fannie offers to cut her father’s hair. He accepts, knowing that she will do it carefully and thoroughly, as usual. Then their plan changes, and he realizes how precarious this shared moment is. 

In French with English subtitles.  

The Ghost of Grandpa Tong

When Zoe discovers that she is the only one who can see the ghost of her best friend’s grandpa, she begins to understand the importance of culture, tradition, and sharing cookies with the ones you love.