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. 



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. 



$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.

>>Program subject to change<<

Two Worlds

In Polish and PSL with English subtitles.


Like many sixth-graders, Laura becomes annoyed with her loving 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 when her father is sick. Being an only child, this means less time for schoolwork and less time with her friends. Like many children 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 usual challenges, they are just like any other family, and their time together is full of joy and laughter. Using sparse sound and subtle cinematic gestures, director Maciej Adamek invites us into Laura’s world between worlds, where unconditional love is the family’s primary language.

Recommended for ages 12+

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

Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grades 8-12.




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Kristof Deak | Hungary | 25min

In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school, and singing in the school's famous choir is her only consolation. Eventually Zsofi becomes friends with Liza, and they discover the secret to their choir's success. A pointed comment on the moral bankruptcy of winning at all costs. Sing recently won the Oscar for best live-action short!


Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00

The Sun At Midnight

In English and some Gwich'in with English subtitles.


*The Opening Party will be held in the VIFF Vacnity Theatre atrium, after the screening (April 2). Entrance included with a valid ticket for the film.*

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 trek 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 film to feature Gwich’in land, people, and values. Filmmakers living in the Northwest Territories developed the film in collaboration with the Gwich’in Tribal Council. It will come as no surprise that lead and award winning actress, Devery Jacobs (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), was shortlisted to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Jacobs recently won the Borsos Award for Best Overall Performance at the Whistler Film Festival for her role as Lia. Local Vancouver actor Duane Howard (The Revenant ) is a juggernaut in his own right. Here he holds each frame with a layered and taciturn portrayal as 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 screening join us for a Q&A with filmmaker Kirsten Carthew and lead actor Duane Howard, and via skype, lead actress, Devery Jacobs! Stay for the Opening Night Party and learn a bit of stop-motion animation, get your picture taken in our photo booth, and enjoy an exclusive short performance by Miss Christie Lee and poetry by Kinnie Starr! 

Recommended for ages 14+

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

Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grades 8-12.

Trailer | Website

Advisory: A severe wound from an animal is endured and graphically cauterized to prevent infection. 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. 



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Sun, 04/02/2017 - 16:30
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:00
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