Young & Elder



Age does not determine the extent of our contribution to our community and family, though it may be a factor in the way we face our fears. Using animation and live-action to tell their stories, these filmmakers tackle the important business of relating to our elders, with compassion, humour, and sincerity.

Themes: coming of age, memory, identity, elders, family, love

Recommended for grades 4-7

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


In his busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But...what is the correct path?

Hoop Dreamin'

Eight-year-old Tariq is off school for the summer and all he wants to do is play basketball with his friends. Unfortunately, the big boys are dominating the court. Stuck on playing ball, Tariq decides to find a way to purchase his own hoop. Since he doesn’t have any money, Tariq has to make a tough decision: work for his hoop or enjoy the summer doing something else with his friends.

I Am Not A Mouse

Every time Lucy is called 'Mouse' by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! She doesn't care for her pet name-- or being a mouse. What is Lucy going to do?

Ingrid And The Black Hole

Ingrid experiences a lifetime of memories with Conrad as they imagine what it would be like to travel through a black hole. Recalling some of her happiest and darkest moments, Ingrid’s memories morph into a fond and impressionistic portrait of her past. Ingrid & the Black Hole is an exploration of Alzheimer’s from the perspective of a woman living with the disease.


Mamie lives in Gaspésie, Québec, in a house that faces away from the sea. Her granddaughter wonders why it’s so difficult for her Mamie to show her affection. In this wondrous animation, filmmaker Janice Nadeau draws from her own childhood memories to share a personal and touching story about the break in ‘passing things on’ between her and her grandmother.


Incorporating the found sound of an English language lesson, Mindfork depicts a visual descent into confusion triggered by the effort to keep it all together when your brain is telling you one thing and your body is doing another.

Old Man

An old man confronts his greatest fear, and is literally consumed by it.

This Time It's Shopping

A peculiar customer interrupts a gift store owner's quiet day. Is she really shopping, or is this some kind of children's game?

Way of Giants

Caminho dos Gigantes

No dialogue.

In her search for purpose, six-year-old Oquirá confronts the cycle of life and the concept of destiny. As she embarks in the task of building a wind instrument, the role of music gains increasing importance in the story. A master of ancient Andean music, Tito la Rosa composed and recorded the score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments — most of which La Rosa and his son made following Andean tradition.