Not On My Own


Wednesday, April 15 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE

Pushing through a difficult situation or challenge is sometimes made easier through a bit of teamwork. Friends are often the ones who can help achieve a goal, but they can also help change an attitude or outlook on life. The protagonists in these films discover that sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends.

Themes: perseverance, poverty, generosity, loneliness, family, and following your own path

Recommended for grades 4-7

This program screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY, and again with REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

Bhavini - I Just Wanna Dance

Little Bhavini dreams her way out of a Mumbai slum into a career as a dancer. She keeps practicing the steps of traditional Indian dancing; she keeps begging her mother to allow her to take lessons with a famous teacher. But it’s expensive and they are barely scraping by since her father died. So Bhavini begins to work at her mother’s beauty salon. And, there is another obstacle to overcome: the entrance examination. This documentary, explores the question of what it means to live for one’s dreams.

In Hindi with English Subtitles

Advisory: mentions the death of a father


A story that celebrates difference. In a visually dazzling film about the importance of family when pursuing your dreams, Jump tells the tale of 12-year-old Edwin, a circus clown like his father, who defies tradition by embarking on a daring quest to become a trapeze artist.

The Stowaway

After running away from an orphanage, 8-year-old Emma believes she has found the perfect hiding place in the apartment of a blind woman named Evelyn. But Evelyn is not oblivious to the strange noises in her apartment. She plays along with her little roommate’s silent game of hide and seek and eventually learns to see the world through the eyes of a child.

In German with English Subtitles

War Canister

A 10-year-old deaf Iraqi boy steals an oil canister to help support his financially troubled family. He takes a ride on a bus driven by a cynical man and his charismatic apprentice. The boy gets off to retrieve his fallen hat but loses the bus and the canister inside. After a moment of panic he finds it, and shares it with a friend on his way home while the other boys play football in the alley.

In Arabic with English Subtitles

Advisory: deals with stealing, though for a moral cause