Year-round, Reel 2 Real presents Not Just for Kids. This is an opportunity to see films that kids all over the world are lining up to see, but you won’t see at your local cinema or by Hollywood. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates, important event dates, and other valuable information. R2R pairs a free workshop with all matinee film screenings to achieve greater depth and understanding.
We are pleased to announce that our popular Film Criticism Workshop will take place after the screening of the 1952 celebrated film musical Singing in the Rain at The Cinematheque’s Cinema Sunday on January 19, 2014. The workshop is FREE and open to all youth between 10 and 19 years of age. Workshop participants may join the 2014 R2R Youth Jury.
Previously featured films:
Directed by Richard Bowen
China, USA / 2010 / 96 min
Dubbed in English
Based on an ancient text unearthed by director, Richard Bowen, Cinderella Moon has been adapted into a a screenplay and brought to life. Filmed on location throughout China’s Yunnan Province, a place known as ‘Shangri-La’ or paradise on earth, Cinderella Moon seduces with its extraordinary cinematography, sets and costumes, incorporating wonderful symbolism, metaphor and a strong message about the importance of the balance of male and female. In English. Rated: PG - violence (brief scene where a character is restrained with rope around his neck). Presented in partnership with Kid Culture Film Series
Recommended for ages 6+
“A strikingly lensed fairy tale as magical as its picturesque design….(A) richly told girlpower fantasy based on a classical Chinese Cinderella…a rare pic practically guaranteed to enchant tots and parents alike.”–Variety
The screening fee for this show was donated to HALF THE SKY, an organization devoted to the betterment of Chinese orphaned children, to make as many real-life Cinderella stories come true as possible. Net proceeds went to Queen Victoria Annex ‘Building a New Playground.’ Located at 1850 East 3rd Ave, next to McSpadden Park in East Vancouver, the playground is being demolished and it is up to the parents and families to find the funds to rebuild. Being a school of only 155 children, the challenge of raising funds is big.
Fuchsia the Mini Witch Director: Johan Nijenhuis Netherlands, 84 min In Dutch with English subtitles For a limited time, you can purchase a DVD copy of Fuchsia the Mini Witch! A small witch creates mayhem at Witch School, but tries to make amends when she discovers a plot that threatens the forest where she and her friends live. This film charmed audiences around the world, and was the winner of the Gryphon Award for Best Film at the Giffoni International Children’s Film Film Festival. Order your copy now – the DVD is only $20, plus $5 for shipping. Fuchsia is dubbed in English Recommended for ages 6+ View the trailer
The Ice Dragon
Directed by Martin Högdahl
Sweden / 2012 / 77 min
In Swedish with English subtitles
Eleven-year-old Mik is learning as much as he can about whales, and loves rock music. He lives with his older brother Tony and unemployed alcoholic dad in the suburbs of Stockholm. One day, things take a turn for the worse and Mik is forced by the youth welfare office to go and live with his aunt Lena in a remote village in the north of Sweden. His world collapses, until he befriends brothers Bengt and Bertil, falls in love with the fearless and assertive Pi, helps his friends build a snowmobile, and eventually finds his way home. Rated PG - course language.
Recommended for ages 10+
On the Sly Directed by Olivier Ringer France / 2011 / 77 min In French with English subtitles In a not-so-far away land, not so long ago, lived an ordinary little girl, Cathy. She was, however, convinced that she was invisible to her parents. To be certain, she decided to test her theory by choosing not to climb in the car, on the way home from the family country cottage. What could end badly turns into an extraordinary adventure, in turns harrowing and humourous – a journey through the imagination of a child – as she fends for herself, finding an assortment of companions and fears along the way. Rated G – No advisory. Recommended ages 7 +
“This intimate, quietly haunting film with well observed humour, carefully directed by Olivier Ringer, is a delightful and fascinating film.” – Epoch Times, UK
Wolf Girl Ôkami shôjo aka “When the Show Tent Came to My Town”
Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Japan / 2005 / 106 min
In Japanese with English subtitles
Ten-year-old Akira and his classmates at a rural school in Japan learn valuable lessons about prejudice and standing up to bullies. Accused by the class bully of ruining his kite and told to pay an outrageous sum to replace it, Akira is surprised when a girl comes to his aid. The girl is Rumiko, the smart new student who fascinates both the boys and girls in the class. When a travelling show sets up a tent at the edge of town, the students are eager to visit, but are forbidden to do so by both parents and teachers. There are rumours circulating about a Wolf Girl, and students are convinced that it is Hideko, an impoverished girl who they routinely mistreat. Their teasing, however, is temporarily stopped when Rumiko comes to her defence. Wolf Girl features strong performances from its young cast and a script that balances tension and laughter. While it is set in rural Japan in the seventies, this film has a message about tolerance and friendship that is timeless and universal. Rated G – Note: there is a brief scene of an adult slapping a child.
Recommended for ages 10+
The Secret Letter Director: Simone van Dusseldorp Netherlands / 2010 / 87min In Dutch with English subtitles
Eleven-year-old Eva runs away from her quarrelling parents and hides out with her best friends Jackie and Thomas. However, when Eva discovers a secret letter that reveals her neighbour Mr. Brandsema to be the mastermind of a gang of crooks, she and her friends realize that they’re the only ones who can stop the bad guys.
Recommended for ages 10+
The Crocodiles: All for One
Director: Wolfgang Groos
Germany / 2011 / 83 minutes
In German with English subtitles
It’s the beginning of summer vacation, and the Crocodiles are celebrating Hannes’ birthday. Even though they have grown older and developed different interests, the gang of adventurous kids stick together through thick and thin. During a go-kart race, Frank is in a terrible accident, and needs a liver donation. In order to save him, his friends will need to get Frank’s brother out of prison. Their plan is risky and the stakes are high. Rated PG – course language. Themes: Friendship, courage, exceptionality.
Recommended for ages 10-13