Our World

In these ten engaging stories students gain insights into the workings of, and interconnections between, our human, cultural and natural worlds.

Themes: cultural identity and traditions, and environmental responsibility.

Location: Roundhouse Community Centre

Marly Reed
Canada

This is a story about the whimsical adventures of one kid and a fistful of candy.

Jonathan Wright
Canada

A self-important colonial explorer emerges from a sailing ship and plants a flag on the Arctic ice, as a bemused Inuit hunter looks on. Then the explorer plants another, and another, and another, while the hunter, clearly not impressed that his land has been “discovered,” quietly goes about his business.

In this charming and humorous re-imagining of first contact between Inuit and European, Jonathan Wright brings us the story of a savvy hunter and the ill-equipped explorer he outwits.

Anita Lebeau
Canada

This is the story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s. In an era before in-car movies and video games, four sisters squeeze into the back of the family car for a long journey. While the parents keep a steady watch on the road ahead, restlessness gradually gives way to mayhem in the car’s close quarters. Just
before the ride becomes unbearable, the sisters are inspired to combine their creative energy. Suddenly, the big drive becomes an even bigger adventure. A story about sisterhood and the impulse to create.

Karen Aqua & Ken Field
USA

This animated film reflects on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its environmental impact.

Students in grades 6 to 8 at Sidney Gutierrez Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, created the film, under the direction of animator Karen Aqua and composer Ken Field. The students used hand-drawn animation techniques (cut-outs and flipbooks), and created all the artwork, sound effects, music, and narration.

Tony Gault
USA

Kevin finds an injured baby crow on the street one stormy night, and as it recovers, Kevin’s backyard provides the rich setting for a story about his conflicted relationship to nature.

Ayelen Liberona
Canada

Fort Chipewyan is downstream from the Alberta Tar Sands, the most environmentally toxic industrial project in the world. Members of this community are dying of rare forms of cancer. The fish and moose meat test positive for highly toxic levels of arsenic, and the water is not drinkable. On their own initiative, children came together to protest.

Ozcan Alper
Turkey

This is a charming film about a boy, a girl and a lot of snow.

Nguyen-Anh Nguyen
Canada

A young Vietnamese boy adjusts to life in Canada when he meets and befriends a girl at his new school. This film reveals the challenge and the beauty of discovering a whole new world.

Laura Ratta
United Kingdom

This Egyptian myth vibrantly relates the story of Geb the Earth God and Nut the Goddess of the Sky.