Each year, the Regent Park Film Festival presents a specially designed series of films for younger audiences. This program is FREE of charge to all schools interested in taking part.
In 2020, as RPFF shifts to an online format, we will be providing FREE access to stream our films online using our Cinesend platform. Sign up your class using our School Program Application Form and you will receive the viewing link to share with your class and the lesson plan.
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In one of the films, immunocompromised representation comes up which can be an opportunity to explore a term that is especially important in this time. How can we talk about how to be considerate of our immunocompromised peers and community members in this time? What does it mean to embrace our differences so we can all support each other? Feelings of isolation can come up in different ways especially in this time. This film program will focus on loving yourself, finding your way and helping others do the same.
In this program we get to explore what it means to stay connected to where you come from while figuring out who you are. You don’t have to choose one over the other, even though it may not always feel like that. If you’re a newcomer, feeling homesick can make feeling at home in your new place difficult and that can feel a little sad too. These films all show that understanding where you come from and where you’re going can be connected and neither must dictate who you choose to be, how you choose to carry your history and build your future.
This program also offers an opportunity to reflect on stories that centre Indigenous narratives and that do not put the spotlight on settler colonialism – allowing an understanding of history that is often overlooked.
One of the films addresses coping strategies in an apocalyptic context. This is an opportunity to address good coping strategies to get through this uncertain time. This will allow students to draw up courses of action to keep them occupied and help combat feelings of isolation.
Has there ever been a time where you felt like you couldn’t speak out? What about times where you want to stand up for someone who is being mistreated but the fear of consequences is keeping you from doing the right thing? This program explores the narratives of individuals figuring out who they are and where they belong. You’ll also come to understand that seeking justice isn’t as easy as it seems. At times these individuals have to go against the very systems in place they’re taught to rely on in order to feel free or do the right thing. Sometimes keeping your head down or remaining silent when something doesn’t seem right may end up pushing out a lot of people from where they need to be.