Great cinema has the power to educate, inspire, and foster empathy across cultures. However, getting a chance to see independent films is often a challenge. Year-round, at the Vancity Theatre, we screen some of the world's best cinema and we are thrilled to offer student-focused matinees.
We present teachers with a full series of youth films tailors specifically for classrooms and curriculum. With carefully selected films in the areas of MODERN LANGUAGES, ARTS, and SOCIAL STUDIES, we hope that teachers and students will discover the power of film as an eye-opening complement to their education in the classroom.
Special High School Rate
Up to 50 students - $400
Over 50 students - $7/student
Over 75 students - $600
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your class for a screening. Bookings are by request only.
Graham Townsley, Brad Allgood, USA, 2015, 84 min
Cateura, Paraguay, is Latin America’s largest landfill, and home to Cola, a garbage picker who proves an unlikely visionary when he realizes that instruments can be fashioned from trash. Banding together with a local music teacher, they turn oil drums into violins, water pipes into flutes and packing crates into guitars. More importantly, a group of impoverished local youths are transformed into the Recycled Orchestra. “The world sends us garbage... We send back music.”
KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful
Nettie Wild, Canada, 2016, 96 min
Nettie Wild’s extraordinary doc takes us beyond the Lower Mainland to reveal the stunning landscape of Northern BC, and charts the tension between a still relatively pristine beauty and the scars that economic development inevitably brings in the form of resource extraction and power lines. Potential filmmaker introduction.
Winner: Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award, Hot Docs
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, Iran/Germany/Switzerland, 2015, 90 min
The dismaying practice of selling teenagers into marriage is thrust into the damning spotlight in Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s essential documentary. An Afghan refugee in Iran, 14-year-old Sonita aspires to be a hip-hop superstar like Rihanna. But such fantasies can’t fully distract her from the grim reality that she and her teenage friends all have prices on their heads. During breaks at school, she and her fellow refugees don’t talk about boys or pop culture trends, but how much their parents will get for them. When Sonita’s brother requires a dowry to pay for his own bride, her family decides that selling her is the best way to secure the necessary funds.
Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven
Phyllis Ellis, Canada, 2015, 70 mins
Seamlessly weaving the experiences of the Group of Seven with three modern day sleuths, Gary & Joanie McGuffin and Michael Burtch are determined to find the precise locations the artists painted. This beautiful film explores the rivers and lakes of Algoma and the land north of Superior, energized by breathtaking aerial and landscape cinematography, combining original photography, archival materials, paintings and re-creations.
The Violin Teacher
Sérgio Machado, Brazil, 2016, 102 mins