Unexpected Changes


Wednesday, April 13 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE

When something comes up out of the blue, how do you cope? What do you do to move forward? Follow the stories of a refugee who will risk anything to go to school, a man who discovers the possibilities of a blank piece of paper, a girl with a wild imagination, and a ghost.

Themes: identity, change, coping, family relationships, imagination

Recommended for grades 4-7

This program screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

Florence and The Fish

This coming-of-age story is about a young girl who has found a unique way of coping with the drowning of her friend.

Advisory: At the beginning of the film, you see a child struggling to stay afloat.


​Imogen wants to play with her dad, but he’s too busy talking on the phone. She decides to fly off into her imagination.

Kingdom of Garbage

Zahraa is a refugee who dreams of going to school. Instead, she spends her days with her brother, Hassan, scouring a landfill site for valuable materials, and competing with other scavengers. When a trade between Zahraa and the self proclaimed ‘King of Garbage’ goes wrong, her relationship with Hassan is tested to the breaking point.

In Arabic with English subtitles.


Sovereign Paperwork

A man spends hours sorting through his files, and is surprised to come across a blank paper. This brings about an unexpected change.


The Cut

Fannie offers to cut her father’s hair. He accepts, knowing that she will do it carefully and thoroughly, as usual. Then their plan changes, and he realizes how precarious this shared moment is. 

In French with English subtitles.  

The Ghost of Grandpa Tong

When Zoe discovers that she is the only one who can see the ghost of her best friend’s grandpa, she begins to understand the importance of culture, tradition, and sharing cookies with the ones you love.