On Thursday May 10th, the REEL CANADA crew will be waking up very, very early and driving out to beautiful Picton, Ontario, in the heart of picturesque and scenic Prince Edward County. It’ll be our second annual trip to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, where students will be treated to a screening of ONE WEEK in the morning, and a programme of short films on the subject of “strength through adversity” in the afternoon.
Each short deals with the theme in its own way – from new Canadians struggling to adjust to their lives (CHILI & CHEESE and TAXI LIBRE), to a young girl trying to get along with her mom’s new boyfriend (BIG GIRL), to a boy who is inexplicably born French to an English-speaking family (DESASTRE). There are films about the enduring power of friendship in hard times (35 MPH) and films about Aboriginal identity (SPIRIT OF THE BLUEBIRD, WAPAWEKKA).
Our Picton partner, teacher Sandra Lockyer, has been showing Canadian films to her students all semester, and the culminating activity will be our visit to the school – we’re very excited, and we hear the students are too.