Wednesday, April 8 - 9 | 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. Download Talent Lab flyer here.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM | VANCITY THEATRE
DIR Roberta Durrant / South Africa / 2013 / 97 min

Fourteen-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophone player like his late father. Despite the disdain of his church-going mother, who is firmly of the opinion that jazz is the devil’s music, Felix is determined not give up. He is so determined that he manages to obtain a scholarship to attend an elite private school for music. Further, he finds out about his father’s former band mates who, without his mother’s knowledge, encourage him in his love of the saxophone, and help him practice and prepare to play in the school’s jazz concert.

Themes: music, classism, death, alcoholism, friendship, family, bullying, education, racism, and poverty

Recommended for ages 8+



Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE
DIR Nino Jacusso / Switzerland, Canada / 2014 / 95 min

Twelve-year-old Shana is a talented musician who lives with her father on the Lower Nicola Indian Reserve near Merritt, B.C. Since the death of her mother, she has retreated into her own world, stopped going to school, and hardly ever plays her violin. Shana's life takes a decisive turn when her new teacher discovers her musical talent and registers her at a Vancouver music school. A few days before the entrance exam, Shana’s father sells the wolf’s head violin that her mother played. During her adventurous search to retrieve the violin, Shana plunges deeper and deeper into the forest, where she encounters the white wolf - and the spirits of her ancestors.

Themes: music, First Nations, death, family, education, racism, classism, spirituality, and coming of age

Recommended for ages 8+



Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM | VANCITY THEATRE
DIR Stefan Jäger / Switzerland, Ethiopia / 2013 88 min

Swiss soccer magnate Franz travels to Ethiopia to promote soccer and get some media-friendly images to prop up his reputation as a humanitarian. On the streets of Addis Ababa, 12-year-old Admassu sees a chance to use his soccer skills to impress the big boss, and secure a future as a football pro based in Europe. When Franz ignores him, Admassu convinces a group of thugs to kidnap Franz. If Admassu can arrange Franz’s freedom, Admassu thinks the grateful businessman will take him on the first plane out. That’s the plan. Shot entirely on location in Ethiopia, this film uses non-professional local actors to capture the sights and sounds of the community at the heart of the story.  Franz and Admassu’s relationship presents a clash between cultures, ages, personal dreams and basic human ethics with a resolution both surprising and honest.

Themes: media, soccer, adoption, racism, classism, friendship, poverty and greed

Recommended for ages 12+



Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 12:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE
DIR Dave Schram / Netherlands / 2013 / 91 min

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.

Themes: drama, romance, social issues, adaptation, and friendship

Recommended for ages 12+

Advisory: There are some intense scenes of bullying.



GIFs are animated images that work in all web browsers. In this workshop, students will learn how to create GIFs and experiment with moving image techniques such as stop motion animation and pixilation. Their GIFs will then be added to a tumblr page on the R2R website. The workshop is offered in French or English, and will be taught by Montréal artist Rickie Lea Owens, known for her quick and squeaky animated short films, which have screened all over the world.

*Do you know what a GIF is?

A Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF (pronounced Jif  with a soft G) is made up of a few images that play on an endless loop. You can find animated GIFs online as humourous commentary posted in lieu of the written word. The use of the animated GIF is becoming a language of its own. Here's a short history of the GIF.



Feature film: $5/student
Feature film + workshop: $8/student


Tuesday, April 8 - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, April 8 - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, April 9 - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, April 9 - 12:00 PM

Contact education@r2rfestival.org to register your class. Bookings will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. We accept registrations from Home Learners with a guardian, and individual students with school and parental consent.

Download the Talent Lab flyer here.