Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Dave Schram

In Dutch and Arabic with English subtitles

Jochem's classmates bully him all the time. His friend David doesn't join in, but he is scared to say anything. On the face of it Jochem doesn't seem to be bothered by the harassment. Then, one morning the headmaster tells the class that Jochem didn't come home after a party. David feels guilty. Together with a friend, David sets out to find Jochem and tell him he’s sorry. Based on the book by popular Dutch author Carry Slee, Regret! is a realistic story of the devastating consequences that can result if young people don’t stand up and speak out against bullying. 

Due to the serious and difficult themes addressed by this film, Dr. Shelley Hymel and her graduate students will engage the audience in follow-up discussions. They will address some of the sensitive and difficult issues raised in the film and help to empower students to stand up for those who are victimized.  Shelley Hymel is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, with her work focusing on social and emotional learning and development in schools. She holds the Edith Lando Professorship in Social and Emotional Learning within the faculty, established in 2011 to support research and knowledge-mobilization in the social-emotional learning of young people.

Themes: bullying, depression, strength of character, finding one's voice, and friendship.

Recommended for ages 12+

Advisory: There are some intense scenes of bullying.

Festivals and Awards:
Giffoni Film Festival (Italy) - Gryphon for Best Film Generator
Carousell International du Film de Rimouski (Quebec, Canada) - Camerio Award for Best Feature 13+ and Audience Award

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