Talent Lab is an excellent opportunity for youth to develop media literacy, 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 in depth 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. 

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: Poland
Length: 65min
Recommended for grade 6-10
In Polish and Polish Sign Language with English subtitles

As with most sixth-graders, Laura gets annoyed with her parents at times. But unlike most, she is the hearing daughter of two deaf parents. As she gets older, she spends more time as a go-between: translating and interpreting for her parents, accompanying them to the store, and calling into work to report that her father is sick. Being an only child, this means less time on schoolwork and less time with her friends. Like any child of recent immigrants, Laura lives in an alternate world on behalf of her family, and is learning how to navigate the adult world much sooner than her peers. With all the seemingly additional challenges faced they are just like any other family, and their time together is full of joy and laughter. Their unconditional love for each other shines through in this beautifully composed and nuanced documentary. Using sparse sound and subtle cinematic gestures, director Maciej Adamek has found a quiet language of his own to invite us into Laura’s world between worlds.

After the film, please join us for a Skype conversation with the director! 

Themes: family, translation, only child, love, perseverance, coming of age, friendship



Country: Canada
Length: 93min
Recommended for grade 9-12
In English. No subtitles.

When her dad leaves town for work, Lia, a 16 year-old artsy city kid, is sent to live with her Gwich’in grandmother in a small subarctic community for the summer. Desperate to return to the urban centre, and longing for her departed mother, Lia sets out into the vast wilderness to find her way. Lost, cold and tired, she is soon discovered by Alfred, a pensive Gwich’in hunter who prefers his solitude. Lacking connection to the land, Lia is clearly unprepared to survive the elements on her own, leading Alfred to reluctantly persuade her to join his search for the missing caribou. An unlikely friendship is forged on this visceral journey filled with hope and challenging truths.

Photographing the magnificent landscapes of the North's often unseen wilderness, each frame is punctuated with intimate details of day-to-day life in the region. This is the first feature film ever produced, set in, and crewed by filmmakers living in the Northwest Territories, and it was made with the participation of the Gwich’in tribal council. It will come as no surprise that lead, and breakout talent Devery Jacobs (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) was shortlisted to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Local Vancouver actor Duane Howard (The Revenant), holds each frame with his layered and taciturn portrayal of Alfred. Howard and Jacobs give tremendous performances, generating magnetic chemistry as they invite the audience on an emotional journey across the North’s boreal plains.

After the film, please join us for a conversation with the filmmakers! 

Themes: friendship, grief, emotional development, nature, the North, resilience of culture, coming of age, elders

Advisory: There is an unsettling scene in which a man makes lewd comments and touches an underage woman inappropriately and without consent, which may be emotionally triggering for some viewers. He also chases her and tackles her to the ground, suggesting a possible assault. A severe wound is endured and graphically cauterized to prevent infection.



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.

Talent Lab includes a feature film and a study guide for pre-registered school groups. 

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$5 Film (per student, with a group of 10 or more)

Please note: We encourage you to check your calendar for conflicts prior to registration. R2R requires a minimum of two weeks notice in order to cancel your registration and offer a full refund. This applies to all school groups.

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