From January through March, Reel 2 Real presents films for all ages. This is an opportunity to see films that kids around the world are lining up to see.  Please sign up on our home page for our newsletter to receive updates, important event dates, and other valuable information.

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

Eigentlich könnte Lolas (Tabea Hanstein) Welt ziemlich in Ordnung sein: sie ist elf Jahre alt und lebt mit ihrer Mutter Loretta (Christiane Paul) auf dem alten aber wunderschönen Hausboot „Erbse“. Doch seit sich ihr Vater vor zwei Jahren „in Luft aufgelöst hat“, ist Lola immer mehr zur Außenseiterin geworden. Ständig gibt es Ärger. Zu allem Überfluss passiert dann auch noch das Unfassbare – ihre Mutter hat einen neuen Freund! Er heißt Kurt (Tobias Oertel), ist Tierarzt und dummerweise ziemlich nett. Aber einen Papa kann man nicht einfach auswechseln und so tut Lola alles, um die beiden auseinander zu bringen.

Außer dem alten Kapitän Solmsen (Olaf Krätke) hat Lola niemanden, dem sie sich anvertrauen kann, bis eines Tages Rebin (Arturo Perea Bigwood) in ihre Klasse kommt. Der „Neue“ ist ziemlich verschlossen und geht den anderen Schülern auch lieber aus dem Weg, was Lola gut verstehen kann. Komisch ist nur, dass Rebins Familie sehr ängstlich ist und er nach der Schule heimlich arbeiten gehen muss. Dennoch freunden sich die beiden an. Als Rebins Mutter schwer erkrankt, werden die Dinge kompliziert und Lola findet heraus, dass Rebin ein dunkles Geheimnis hat...

WINNER - BEST EUROPEAN FILM, European Children's Film Association, Olympia Film Festival, 2014
WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR, Olympia Film Festival, 2014
WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD, International Kinderfest, 2014

Themes: immigration, friendship, parent separation, and illness

Classification:  PG - Coarse Language 

Note: This film tackles tough subjects, but it is also musical, funny, and fast-paced, with believable characters and a story that will give parents and kids lots to talk about after the show. There are a few instances of coarse language, spoken by bullies and frustrated adults, and a very brief glimpse, seen from a distance, of non-frontal nudity.

Trailer (with English subtitles) | Trailer (in German)


Photos by ©Sabine Finger 

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 14:30

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.

AWARD - JURY DISTINCTION, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2014
WINNER - SATOSHI KON AWARD, Fantasia Film Festival, 2014
WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD, Fantasia Film Festival, 2014

Classification: PG

Recommended for ages 12+

Themes: historical fiction, siblings, WWII, animation, and internment camps

Note: There are animated depictions of war; imprisonment, gun shots off-screen, a sequence in shadow of a baby that has died, and the death of a sibling.
Preceded by: Everything Changed
After the film please join us for a reception in the theatre atrium hosted by Nikkie Place, a Japanese Canadian cultural centre, museum, and community centre focused on educating the public about Japanese Canadian internment and Japanese culture. The reception will feature special guest speaker, Akira Horii, who grew up in Vancouver's historical Strathcona neighbourhood. Horii had a carefree childhood until the war, when his family was interned from 1942 to1949 -- his life changed dramatically at that time. Horii will share his story of internment in Canada.
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 18:30

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.

With Nicolas as their leader, the village children resist the mayor’s manipulation with ferocity and, to their surprise, they receive the support of Jérémie and his old buddies.

La gang des hors-la-loi 

Nicolas, fils et petit-fils de pêcheurs, a douze ans et il habite avec sa mère et sa sœur dans un village qui surplombe l’océan. Après l’orage dévastateur qui a enlevé son père il y a quelques années, Nicolas doit faire face à sa perte et à la détérioration graduelle de son grand-père, Jeremie, qui boit trop pour alléger le chagrin d’avoir perdu son fils. 

Les vacances d’été donnent à Nicolas l’occasion de s’adonner à nouveau à son plus grand plaisir: jouer au baseball avec ses amis. Mais quand ils se rejoignent pour jouer, les enfants se retrouvent avec un gros problème: le conseil municipal a décidé d’utiliser le terrain en tant que dépotoir. 

Sous la direction de Nicolas, les enfants du village résistent férocement aux projets du la mairesse et reçoivent une belle surprise quand Jeremie et ses vieux potes se rassemblent pour les aider.  

Recommandé pour 10 ans et plus

Note: Ce film édifiant contient quelques mots frustes et une représentation franche d’un grand-père alcoolique mais amoureux.

Themes: baseball, sports, friendship, grief, working together, creatively approaching challenge

Classification:  PG - Coarse Language

Recommended for ages 10+

Note: This uplifting film includes a few coarse words and a frank depiction of an alcoholic but loving grandfather.

The Outlaw League screens as part of TALENT LAB for Elementary Schools.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:00

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

Themes: nature, taking time, family, back to basics, survival, and wilderness

Classification:  G - no advisory

Recommended for ages 8+


Note: Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker will be in attendance with the subjects of the film, her family.

All the Time in the World screens as part of our TALENT LAB for Elementary Schools program. 



Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:30
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:20

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

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Classification: PG - Coarse Language 

Recommended for ages 13+

Preceded byMilitant Mothers

Note: This film screens as part of TALENT LAB for Secondary Schools. The Talent Lab screening of True Son is followed by a discussion with Militant Mothers filmmaker Gordon McLennan, and Kevan Cameron a Vancouver poet, community organizer and creative director of Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective and contributor to the Black Strathcona project. Michael Tubbs, Stockton City Councilor and subject of the documentary True Son will also be available post-screening to answer questions via Skype. True Son is in competition and will be adjudicated by an adult jury and a youth jury, it is also R2R's Closing Night Film. 

The community sponsor for this program is:


Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:20
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:30

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.

Almitra, a precocious young girl who has not spoken since the death of her father, befriends the poet and political prisoner Mustafa. After seven years of imprisonment, he remains as positive and understanding as the day he was jailed. His poetry inspired the people of a small port city to question the authority of their leaders. Mustafa’s teachings have survived his absence and will likely outlive his presence.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a deeply spiritual experience, worthy of Gibran's time-honoured and magical book.

Themes: finding your voice, poetry, love, community, speaking out against injustice, freedom

Classification:  G 


Note: In one brief scene, prison guards are shown using excessive force, most of it off-screen.

Join us after the Opening Night Screening for the Opening Night PartyThe party is included with ticket purchase. Passes do not apply to this screening or the party. 

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Fri, 04/10/2015 - 18:30
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:30
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