Welcome to the 2015 Festival. We are delighted to celebrate our 17 anniversary this year and hope that you join us for the festivities. Explore and enjoy our wonderful program.
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All the Time in the World

In search of a new perspective, a family of five leaves the comforts of home to live in the remote Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children (ages 10, 8 and 4) to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, electricity, running water, Internet, TV or phone. The film is noteworthy for offering the unique perspectives of the children as they connect with both their parents and nature.  Particularly poignant is the family’s solution for celebrating Halloween when the nearest neighbour is a hundred kilometers away…

WINNER - MOST POPULAR CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY - Vancouver International Film Festival
WINNER - GREEN SCREEN AWARD - Planet In Focus Film Festival (Toronto) and Harold Greenberg Fund

Giovanni's Island

In Japanese, Korean, and Russian with English subtitles

Following Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, brothers Junpei and Kanta’s lives are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies the small island of Shikotan. Junpei and Kanta must work to keep their family together, while also struggling to understand a culture they’ve never known. A new friend, Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother. It’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from home, left on their own to find the way back. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a heartwarming story of the importance of familial bonds and persevering through the greatest of hardships.

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

CAST: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and Quvenzhané Wallis


Inspired by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet is a wonderous and richly-animated adaption of one of the bestselling volumes of poetry of all time. A passion project of actor-producer Salma Hayek, the film is directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), and showcases the work of ten internationally acclaimed animators.

Lola on the Pea

In German and Kurdish with English subtitles

Nine-year-old Lola lives on the charming old houseboat, the Pea, with her mother. Life is challenging for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn’t much care for her mom’s new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her and chase her home from school. One day, she makes a friend—a quiet new boy in town, named Rebin. Rebin’s family is secluded and mysterious, and Lola soon finds out that they are migrants who don’t have the proper documents to live and work in Germany. Together, the two friends learn to fight for what is right, stand up to bullies, and face the future with courage and hope.

Lola auf der Erbse

The Outlaw League

In French with English subtitles

Twelve-year-old Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives alone with his mother and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier. Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.

Summer vacation is the opportunity for Nicholas to resume his greatest pleasure: playing baseball with his friends. A major obstacle greets the children who assemble at the village baseball field: the town council has decided to convert the field into a municipal dump.

True Son


This passionate and inspirational documentary follows 22-year old Michael Tubbs and his campaign for a seat on City Council in Stockton, California, a city riddled with financial crisis and crime rates rivaling Afghanistan. For Michael, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. After graduating from Stanford University, Michael returns home and rallies hundreds of youth to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton.

Themes: racism, abuse of power, community building, grassroots organizing and activism, family, self-determination, and poverty