Reel 2 Real film fest for youth finds virtue in the virtual

first_img Facebook Among the short-film programs—divided into categories that include Indigenous stories, works by young filmmakers, and specific themes such as bullying—we find the topics of anxiety (“Nadine”), war/migration (“Rupture”), and wealth disparity (“The Glass Pearl”). Advertisement Advertisement In the brutally smart faux documentary High Fantasy, four South African teens swap bodies and reckon with hard questions of race, privilege, and gender. In High Fantasy, one of the harder-hitting films getting their West Coast premiere at the 20th annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, four South African teens find themselves transported Freaky Friday–style into one another’s bodies. No goofball comedy, High Fantasy instead explores unsettling questions about class, race, and gender with a depth and seriousness that you simply wouldn’t have seen when Venay Felton started the festival two decades ago.“We’ve always tackled big questions, but I think we have access to a wider choice of better-quality films from around the world than ever before,” says the founder in a call to the Georgia Straight. “We didn’t have films as inclusive as we do this year.”Indeed, among the full-length titles coming to the 2018 edition of R2R, Naoko Yamada’s animated feature A Silent Voice concerns a high-school student forced to reckon with the abuse he heaped on a deaf student years previously. In Cloudboy, a Belgian 12-year-old confronts his own largely denied Sami heritage. And in the widely acclaimed, U.S.–made Princess Cyd—getting its Canadian theatrical premiere—a queer teen explores painful family issues with her reluctant aunt.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img