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  World Focus
Sport Kids - Ruth
Documentary
0:28 hrs
Swedish cheerleader Ruth has been selected for the competing team within the club “Twisters”. She loves cheerleading for its physical demands and great team spirit, but struggles with prejudices toward her sport. Ruth's family is ambivalent towards her choice of sport, but fully support her on her way to the national championships...

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Sep-22-2017, 8:00 am at York Civic Centre
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If There is a Reason to Study
Documentary
1:36 hrs
Every child in Taiwan has to go through 9 years of compulsory education, and many of them have struggled in the system. But can it be done differently? RenWen (Humanity) is a Taiwan alternative junior high school where test scores and rankings don’t exist, students are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace and according to their own interests. However, to further their studies, RenWe..

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Sep-22-2017, 6:00 pm at York Civic Centre
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Angry Buddha
Documentary
1:38 hrs
János Orsós is of Romani descent, a teacher, and a Buddhist. Inspired by the history of the Dalits or "untouchables" in India, birthplace of both Romani culture and Buddhism, he founded a school in a small Hungarian village with the goal of enabling teenagers from the poorest Romani ghettos to attend universities. The Angry Buddha documents János' resolute battle against the difficulties he fac..
Singing with Angry Bird
Documentary
1:28 hrs
A popular Korean opera singer started the Banana Children’s Choir in Pune, India. His quick temper earned him a nick-name ‘Angry Bird.’ Frustrated by the lack of support from the parents, the Angry Bird decides to train the parents to sing for a joint concert with their children. Probably the toughest challenge of his life. A journey full of tears and laughters...

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Sep-24-2017, 2:00 pm at North York Civic Centre
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Becoming Who I Was
Documentary
1:34 hrs
Directed by Moon Chang-Yong, Jeon Jin. After a boy discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his godfather takes him on an epic journey to discover his past in a story of profound faith and unconditional love. Filmed over eight years, we witness an incredibly intimate bond of friendship between a future spiritual leader and his godfather, whose devotion and selflessne..
6A
Documentary
1:01 hrs
The parents of the children in class 6A have gathered for a crisis meeting to discuss the conflicts in the class. The only students attending the meeting are 12 year old Denise, Bella and Mina. The teacher Louise and some of the parents consider them being the cause of the conflicts, and the girls are accused of bullying the rest of the class. But as it turns out, the teacher may not have done h..

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Sep-24-2017, 8:00 am at Etobicoke Civic Centre
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My Lovely Village in the Atacama Desert - Chile
Documentary
0:26 hrs
Sebastian, a 12-year-old boy, takes us to discover Toconao, village in northern Chile, isolated between the volcanoes on the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains and the Atacama desert, in one of the most arid regions on the planet...

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Sep-24-2017, 4:00 pm at Etobicoke Civic Centre
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My Special Day
Documentary
0:10 hrs
“My special day” A day in the life of Antonis is very different from that of other children. This student who is in the first year of Junior High School unfolds his life and his daily routine to us. A life that has to combine school obligations with manual work on the farm, looking after farm animals with the rest of his family. ..

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Sep-22-2017, 6:00 pm at York Civic Centre
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School Tales
Documentary
1:01 hrs
The incredible efforts accomplished by 3 groups of children in different parts of the world to be able to attend school..
Swiat Sie Swieci - THE WORLD IS SHINING
Documentary
0:27 hrs
- It looks like love has saved you? - Saved me, yes. Many of us carry psychological scars, emotional flaws incurred in childhood that manifest themselves by a deficiency in self-esteem. Beata, a local preschool teacher, understands this well as she herself carries such a flaw. She understands, that although in adult life we do not remember events from our childhood, it is that period, veiled in ..

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Sep-22-2017, 10:00 am at York Civic Centre
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I Made You, I Kill You
Documentary
0:14 hrs
I think that this film is necessary for me, in this moment of my life. I have always been ashamed to talk about my childhood and I think that this caused me a lot of sadness...
My Own Day
Documentary
0:10 hrs
A day in the life of Antonis is very different from that of other children. This student who is in the first year of Junior High School unfolds his life and his daily routine to us. A life that has to combine school obligations with manual work on the farm, looking after farm animals with the rest of his family...
The Children of the Noon
Documentary
1:21 hrs
The Children of the Noon deals with the universal subject of life. The time passes marked out by daily activities for the group of children and teenagers in the orphanage in Nchiru, the small Kenyan village. Soon emerges how orphan condition and genteel poverty they share are not the only problems that unite them and determine their days. A sudden death of one of them breaks the narrative rhythm a..

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Sep-22-2017, 2:00 pm at Etobicoke Civic Centre
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If You Listen Carefully
Documentary
1:01 hrs
Amid the complex educational crisis facing Chilean society, four friends live their adolescence between the highways and pastures at the margins of the city. Towards the end of their primary education, a question emerges: Do they believe they’ll be happy in the future? In a city that traps them between the mountains and train tracks, at a school where they learn nothing. The days go by, and we s..
The First Sea
Documentary
1:01 hrs
An NGO invites Wafaa and Raneen, along with a group of other young West Bank Palestinians, to spend a day at the beach – in Israel. Although they live nearby, an impenetrable barrier has always made it impossible for them to go there. Is this trip a fantasy or a window on the future? Growing up in times of conflict – 13-year old Palestinian girls Wafaa and Raneen from two different Westb..
Le Canzoni - The Songs
Documentary
1:10 hrs
Sperone district, Palermo. In the hot summer of the city there are live concerts in the streets, karaoke contests and neighborhood parties starring the Neapolitan singers of neomelodic music. Always present at every event, the family Maniscalco daydreams of a future as an artist for their little son Vincenzo. Six years old, the child seems to have already clear his own future and performs on st..

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Sep-23-2017, 2:00 pm at North York Civic Centre
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A Noi ci Dicono - Do not Touch me!
Documentary
1:04 hrs
Fabrizio, Dante and Roberto are 13 or 14 years old. They live in Z.E.N., Zona Espansione Nord, the slum neighborhood of Palermo. Away from the adults, who are they? The unwritten laws of the ghetto produce solitude, disorientation and privation. But the three kids do not rise up: their friendship becomes their gentle strenght and their natural safe haven. When Fabrizio is alone with Auro..

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Sep-22-2017, 4:00 pm at York Civic Centre
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Zaineb Hates the Snow
Documentary
1:34 hrs
directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, 2014 ACID Cannes selected with "Le Challat de Tunis" Big changes await 10-year-old Zaineb from Tunisia: her mother takes her to Canada, to move in with her new husband and his kids. A playful and emotional look at the integration process of a young Muslim family to the West, and the challenges faced when setting up a patchwork family. ..

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Sep-23-2017, 12:00 pm at Etobicoke Civic Centre
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Sport Kids - Chapter 11
Documentary
0:28 hrs
There are great expectations upon south african BMX rider Anita and the pressure grows with popularity in the local media. As she’s entering her teenage years, her priorities start to shift and cause frictions with her team. She struggles to see herself as a future champion and act like one...

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Sep-22-2017, 8:00 am at York Civic Centre
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Brave Kids
Documentary
0:15 hrs
Every effort comes with its own reward. The years involved in ballet training reap unforeseen strengths on those who practice it. Beyond the art, the sweat and the work with the body, it is courage and valor that develops within...

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Sep-24-2017, 11:00 am at Etobicoke Civic Centre
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Sport Kids - Dancing for You
Documentary
0:30 hrs
Vilde (12 ) wants to be the first female ‘Halling’ folk dance champion. A traditional dance for men only. Her greatest challenge isn’t the competition – she’s convinced that her strength and passion for dance and life are helping her beloved grandfather to win his fight against cancer. A beautifully crafted portrait of two generations of sports champs and a affectionate/loving grandfathe..

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Sep-22-2017, 8:00 am at York Civic Centre
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The Cormorants
Documentary
1:28 hrs
Summer in a small town at the foot of the mountains. Two young boys wander, apparently aimlessly, through deserted streets, a sunny countryside and disused industrial warehouses. They want to escape monotony through discovery and imagination, in pursuit of adventure. A summer without beginning or without an end, where a journey through the fascinating transition from childhood to adolescence bec..

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Sep-22-2017, 4:00 pm at Etobicoke Civic Centre
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Invisible. Its not a Trip, Its an Escape.
Documentary
0:28 hrs
"I’m a child, I’m scared”. Abdul, sixteen years old lights up a cigarette while holding his two, blue plastic bags. With him Fathi, ibrahim, Mohammed, children who live on the streets and sell their bodies in order not to starve to death. Victims of pedophiles who hunt in the centre of Rome, the heart of Italy. Invisible among distracted tourists and pilgrims. The broken dreams and fears a..
Sport Kids - Varicella
Documentary
0:25 hrs
Two talented sisters Nastia (13) and Polina (7) study in the most prestigious Academy of Russian ballet after being selected from 5500 kids. Acclaimed director Victor Kossakovyks portraits the tender and trustful relationship of the sisters, who share one big dream: to become a soloist ballet dancer. They are fully devoted to their 6 hours daily training at the Academy. ..