Reel 2 Real Festival favourite Jeff Chiba Stearns explores the complexity of family and heritage in this feature documentary. Growing up in Kelowna, Jeff constantly questioned his identity as a “banana milkshake,” a term sometimes used to describe children who are of half Asian and half Caucasian descent. Intrigued even further to discover that nearly all Japanese Canadians marry inter-racially, he set out to find out why. This film is unique in its approach to incorporating post-war history into a personal narrative. Recommended for ages 8+

Filmmaker Mark Cousins travelled to Goptapa, a small village in Iraqi Kurdistan, where he erected a screen in the village square to show classic family films to the locals. He provides the children with cameras to make movies.  Eight-year-old Mohamad crafts a remarkably moving piece about a boy giving his wishes to the water. Cousins has crafted an intriguing and inspiring documentary exploring the dreams and aspirations of children who have lived through and experienced war, losing half of their town’s inhabitants. Rated PG – course language. Multiple languages w/English subtitles.

Aurelie Laflamme feels alone in the world, especially since her father's death five years ago. What if her father had been an alien who left Earth to return to his own planet? In that case, Aurelie would be an alien too. That would explain many things, such as why she feels different from others, why she can't string two words together without making a mistake, and why boys really get on her nerves. Through the pages of her diary, Aurelie confides her joys and sorrows, successes and failures, love and friendships, and tries to find her place.

Seven children between the ages of seven and 13, who come from Germany, Greece, France and Ecuador, talk about their world, their aspirations, dreams, and beliefs. In German, French, & Spanish with English subtitles. Rated: G – course language


Saturday, April 9, 4:00 PM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Friday, April 15, 10:00 AM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

This is the action-packed sequel to the Reel 2 Real 2010 Award winner, The Crocodiles.  The gang of adventurous kids is searching for a new headquarters, and discovers a plot to shut down the town factory.  Worried that their parents will lose their jobs, the young detectives must work together to uncover the sinister plan. Dealing with issues relevant to kids around the world, this entertaining coming-of-age film is guaranteed to thrill audiences. Rated PG - violence; course language (brief scenes of violence).

Warre and Tine have long wanted to have a child of their own. One day, their dream literally falls from out of the sky! Warre’s first impression is it’s a bird. On closer inspection, this little bundle looks like a baby girl – except this baby has wings! From that moment on, Warre and Tine do everything they can to raise Birdie. But Birdie is not a normal little girl, and longs to be in the sky, where she came from. This touching and humorous story about life, love, and growing up outside the nest celebrates our differences on this earth and beyond.  Based on a novel.



“New Frontiers: innovative trends in low-budget filmmaking,” 1:00-2:30 pm This is your chance to get an inside view of filmmaking from some of Vancouver’s leading media professionals. Panelists will offer insider tips about what skills you’ll need, how to get started, telling a good story, clearing music rights, and using social media as a film marketing tool. After a brief introduction from our panel of speakers, there will be plenty of time for an informal Q&A session. 



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