Short Film Program: Coming of Age

Thursday, April 10 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
(Grades 6-7)
This wonderful program of short documentaries, dramas and animations take us on a whirlwind of coming-of-age journeys. Whether deeply philosophical, sweet and whimsical or plain old awkward, the experience of growing up is always an adventure.

Themes: fitting in, ambition, grief, memory, honesty, togetherness, family relationships, friendship, and growing up.

Absence

A young man alone with nature tries to reconnect with his past.

No dialogue.

Choir Tour

A world-famous boys' choir goes on tour. Supervised by their severe conductor, the boys are obedient. When the conductor is accidentally trapped in the elevator, the boys find themselves on their own.

No dialogue.

Claire

Claire is a little girl whose hair celebrates the changing of the seasons.

 

I'm Not Brave

The seven-year-old Arthur is afraid of the dark. He doesn't dare to cross the hallway to go to the toilet at night. Inspired by his demented grandma, he starts weeing in the hallway. But his actions turn out to have consequences that he could not possibly foresee.

In German with English subtitles.

Nearest and Dearest

When the world’s best big sister is moving away, you really need a good plan to prevent her from leaving.

In German with English subtitles.

Shame and Glasses

Mirko has to face his worst fear: wearing glasses. That is the only way to do his school test, but what would happen if the girl he is secretly in love with could see him?

In Italian with English subtitles.
 

The Red Carpet (La Alfombra Roja)

Vancouver Premiere

Born into poverty in the Garib Nagar slum in Mumbai, India, twelve-year-old Rubina was featured in the Academy Award–winning film Slumdog Millionaire. It was an experience that has given her a burning desire to become an actress. Although Rubina is unsure what her future holds, she dreams of seeing herself on the screen once again.

In Hindi with English subtitles.

 

Zugzwang

Pedro is a chess prodigy who is frustrated because he has no friends. He decides to apply the chess techniques he’s mastered to get what he wants most.  There ‘s only one problem: he’s never faced a zugzwang before.

zug·zwang  
A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move.