Films for All Ages

From January through March, Reel 2 Real presents films for all ages. This is an opportunity to see films that kids around the world are lining up to see.  Please sign up on our home page for our newsletter to receive updates, important event dates, and other valuable information.

We Don't Wanna Make You Dance


The rock/funk band Miller, Miller, Miller and Sloan hoped to make it big in 1980s New York City music scene. They had talent, a unique sound, and fans—everything but a record deal. This documentary is full of surprises, irreverent humour, and poignancy. Click here to see the film's website and trailer.

Themes: coming of age, music, creativity, do it yourself (DIY)

Recommended for ages 13+

Note: this program screens as part of the Youth Media Conference for high school students

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:10

Approved for Adoption

ORIGINAL TITLE: Couleur de peau: Miel
In French and Korean with English subtitles

Filmmaker Jung Henin animates the story of his unconventional upbringing as a Korean child adopted by a Belgian family. Jung weaves his story using animation, Super 8 home movies, and archival footage, showing his progression from the orphanage, to meeting his new blond siblings in 1971, to the return visit to his birthplace in Seoul four decades later.

Themes: adoption, cultural differences, identity

Recommended for ages 13+


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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:30

Ricky: Three's a Crowd

Original title: Ricky: Normal war gestern

In German with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Ricky wants to be just like his older brother Micha, while Micha just wants his baby brother to get lost. Things change when the tough and headstrong Alex along with her dog move to town. Micha gets Ricky to spy on Alex for him. However, in his efforts to win Alex’s affections, Misha goes one step too far.

Themes: sibling rivalry, adventure, redemption

Recommended for ages 12+

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:30

Italo Barocco

Original title: Italo Barocco  
In Italian with English subtitles


Inspired by a true story, Italo vividly depicts the life-altering friendship between an extraordinary dog and a lonely child. One day, a good natured stray dog by the name of Italo wanders into the small Sicilian town of Scicli. At first, Italo's arrival causes a terrible uproar because everyone in the village is fiercely opposed to having stray dogs around! Everyone... except Meno, a precociously wise ten-year-old, who is as lonely and introverted as can be. Since his mother passed away Meno has shut everyone out, including his workaholic father. It will take all the unconditional love a special dog like Italo can give to force Meno out of his shell, leading him into a series of adventures that will teach him the difference between acting like a grown up and actually becoming one.

This comedy is sure to delight dog lovers of all ages. The director will be in attendance.

Themes: bond between humans and dogs

Recommended for ages 12+

Community Partner:
Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Vancouver
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 18:30


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

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:00

Horizon Beautiful

In English, German and Amharic with English subtitles


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+ or students in grades 6, 7 and 8

Advisory: There is a scene of a man quietly dying under a tree, use of some poorly translated curse words, and the implication of possible violence.

Website     Teaser 1    Teaser 2    Film Review

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:00
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:00

Shana: The Wolf's Music

In English **

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, spirituality, coming of age.

Recommended for ages 8+ or students in grades 5, 6 and 7

Note: On Sunday, April 6 at the Vancity Theatre a Ceremonial Welcome begins at 12 PM. There will be a Tsleil-Waututh welcome blessing, and a performance by the Tatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack). The director cast, crew and creative team of Shana: The Wolf's Music will be in attendance. Light snacks will be served. 

Presented with the generous assistance of and in partnership with the Consulate of Switzerland in Vancouver and the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission

Swiss Consulate

** There are a few lines in Nle'kepmxcin, the original language of the Nle'kepmx, the Interior Salish Nation. The filmmakers worked with the Lower Nicola Indian Band, the Scw'exmx, the People of the Creeks. It was a real community project and the film could not have been made without this partnership. Those lines are not subtitled because the context conveys the meaning and often the teacher or elder delivers the translation in the dialogue.


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 13:00
Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:00


In English, Xhosa, Afrikaans w/ English subtitles

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: dreams, perseverance, jazz and education                                    

Recommended for ages 8+ or students in grades 6, 7 and 8
Content Advisory: Consumption of alcohol, alcoholism discussed, parental death discussed, religious references, mild language, bullying, gun seen in flashback sequence.

Please note: The Saturday, April 5 screening at 3:30 PM, is presented in partnership with the Vancouver South African Film Festival, it will take place at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street. Net proceeds will support Education Without Borders. VSAFF ticket prices apply: purchase here

Website & Review                                                                                                       

Audience Award, Durban International Film Festival
Best Children’s Film, Lucus International Children’s Film Festival
The Vancouver International Film Festival added two screenings of this popular film!                             

Community partner


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:30
Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:00
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