FEATURE FOCUS

Feature Focus promotes a more in depth development of media literacy and critical thinking skills than Reel Focus - while broadening cultural awareness and global understanding. These weekday matinee screenings of thought-provoking films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, producers and actors for discussion about content, message and aesthetic. Viewing guides are provided to all participating teachers, offering  useful questions, activities and additional resources for integrating each program's content into the classroom. 

FEATURE FILM PROGRAMS

 

 

 

 

HOW TO STEAL A DOG 
개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 | 10:00 AM | VANCITY THEATRE 
Country
: South Korea
Length: 84min
Recommended for grade 4-7
In Korean with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Ji-so is desperate. Ever since her father left, she’s been living in a pizza truck with her mom, and looking after her little brother, Ji-suk. Deeply embarrassed by her situation, Ji-so desperately wants to live a normal life in a house, but her mother is barely making ends meet in her job as a waitress. When Ji-so finds a poster offering a five-hundred-dollar reward for the return of a lost dog, she believes the money would be enough to buy exactly the type of house she yearns for. She and her school friend Chae-rang hatch a plan. They will steal the dog owned by her mother’s rich employer and claim a reward for its return.

This delightful comedy sheds light on homelessness from a child’s perspective. It is based on the book of the same name by Barbara O'Connor.

Themes: family, homelessness, morality

Director Olivier Ringer will join us after the film via skype for a Q&A in French and English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRDS OF PASSAGE 
Les oiseaux de passage

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 | 12:00 PM | VANCITY THEATRE 
Country
: Belgium
Length: 84min
Recommended for grade 4-7
In French with English subtitles

For her tenth birthday, Cathy’s whimsical father gives her a present that is a little out of the ordinary, a duck egg. Her father warns her: the duckling will think the first person it sees is its mother. Against all odds, that first person is Margaux. While Cathy is quite prepared to let Margaux play the role of mother duck, Margaux’s parents have a different view. Overwhelmed by their daughter’s physical accessibility needs, which confine her to a wheelchair, they don’t believe she is capable of taking care of a pet. Afraid that the duckling will end up as canned cat food, Cathy and Margaux set out on an adventurous journey to set the duckling free in its natural habitat.

This family film is about friendship, responsibility, and the need to be independent.

Themes: accessibility, discrimination, friendship, overcoming obstacles, social and emotional development

Advisory: there are moments when the duckling and girls are in danger

   

 

REGISTRATION

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

Feature Focus includes a feature film and a study guide for pre-registered school groups. 

 

PRICES

Film (per student) $5    
Film + Workshop* (per student) $8

*Introduction to screenwriting workshop in your classroom
Through an engaging combination of viewings, discussions, and small group exercises, award-winning filmmaker Jessica Bradford will introduce students to the techniques, language and process of screenwriting. They will learn: foundations of storytelling, screenplay format, developing story ideas, and character development. This unique hands-on workshop will expose them to different genres and writing styles.