FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 16

Anatomy of Assistance

Talia is smart, defiant, and, like any fifteen-year-old, believes she has all the answers. After reluctantly accepting financial assistance for her academic performance, she rebels and sets off a chain of events that forces her to face real-world consequences. 

Anna Beautiful Gaze

A young boy is bullied about his height, however he finds an unexpected role model in a famous Italian singer, Lucio Dalla.

In Italian with English Subtitles

BOY

16-year-old Emilie has always been a boy inside. His big struggle in life is that his mother wants Emilie to be a girl and cannot accept the ways Emilie feels inside. At an Easter lunch Emilie decides to do something drastic which has its consequences.

In Danish with English subtitles

Gord's Brother

In a world where monsters and humans share an uneasy co-existence, Gord's family is dismayed to find that their new baby brother is a monster. This leaves Gord – who has only ever seen his little brother as wonderful - with no choice but to head out on the road to find the City of Monsters, the rumoured haven for all monster-kind. Along the way, they learn that the world is a strange place, and home and family are both what you make them.

Advisory: there are a few mildly scary moments (encounters with monsters)

Groundwater

Yuli, a 9-year-old girl goes on a journey to a cave in the middle of the desert in order to find the cure that will make her mother smile again.

In Hebrew with English Subtitles

Advisory: there are a few mildly scary moments (encounter with a creepy muppet)

 

Militant Mothers – Beating the Power Brokers

Sometimes being on the side of right is a difficult place to be. In 1971, a group of mothers from the Raymur Housing Project found that out when, for the sake of their children’s safety, they were forced to take on the school board, city council and a national railway company. After phone calls, petitions and speeches got them nowhere, they took one last courageous act.

Predeceds: True Son

Rooftops of Jerusalem

Holy city, controversial city, contested city. That's how people talk about Jerusalem. But who is paying the price? While Palestinian youth are practicing parkour on the rooftops, a group of Jewish boys, celebrating Purim interfere. What follows is a statement on racial intolerance and the loss of innocence for those born into the conflict.

StandStill

A sister feels stuck in the middle between supporting her gay brother in expressing his sexual identity, and considering the viewpoint of her Catholic parents. They say they accept their son's homosexuality, but do not approve of him being in a same-sex relationship.

Strings

Mary's routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.

In Spanish with English Subtitles

Advisory: contains an off-screen death, but ends on a positive note

The Colour of Our Feathers

In a world where gender dictates fashion, sixteen-year-old Vanessa Saccone finds her own unique expression of identity through style and photography.

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