At Risk (Gr 9-12 Social Studies) (2018)

2018 Festival

Thur, May 10 @ 9:30 am - DJC; Fri, May 11 @ 10:45 am - GPLT

Presented by Capstan Hauling and chosen by teachers, this thought-provoking package contains dramas, a comedy, and a documentary from Europe, Israel, Africa, and the US. Issues that divide people (e.g. religious/geographical conflict) and bring them together are the themes addressed in this package.

Films in this package

Five-year-old Alexa comes to realize that her young mother is out of money and on the verge of a breakdown. Hoping to save the situation, Alexa makes a decision she will never forget.

Inspired by the student protests that shook Venezuela in 2014, this film tells the story of Oscar, a 19-year old Venezuelan student who is detained after helping to organize a protest against the violence in his country. With no access to media and an Internet shutdown, Oscar’s mother and friend use a Bluetooth-based software called…

In December 2015, a bus carrying Muslim and Christian passengers loses its police escort, leaving it vulnerable to a terrorist attack by the Al-Shabaab which has been targeting Kenya for almost a decade. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians has been growing, and a woman travelling alone fears what might happen…

A young religious Jew, hurrying home for Shabbat, has an unexpected encounter with a stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker, which leads to mishaps and misadventures made worse by mistrust and the language barrier. Won Jury Award for Best Short at the 2017 Stony Brook Film Festival.

Deep in the heart of Liberia’s jungles, hundreds of chimpanzees were taken from the wild. Captured, bred, and infected with hepatitis, our closest animal relatives were to unlock the mysteries of human diseases. But what started in the 1970s as an ambitious medical experiment took deeper and darker turns through the decades. This powerful documentary…

A young Israeli woman wishes to move to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors and refuses to speak to her again if she leaves.