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Further your students' understanding of the concepts and films explored in TIFF Picture Palace through a guided viewing experience featuring one of three films: a much-loved classic; a Toronto-based, youth-focused film; and a French-language animated feature with a social justice focus.

Add a screening from one of our curated film selections and further your students’ skills in critical viewing and film analysis. Each screening includes an introduction, discussion, and Teacher Resource. Films are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price: $10 per student, or $18 per student as part of a Screening and TIFF Picture Palace Combo

The Youth Experience – An Accurate Portrayal? in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Known for its distinct visual and musical style, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World tells the story of a 23-year-old slacker musician who must battle the seven evil exes of his love interest. Set and shot in Toronto, the film met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2010. But does it hold up to scrutiny today? Does it resonate with and accurately represent the experience of youth in Toronto and the surrounding area in 2019?

Curriculum Connections: Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology; Communication Technology; Equity Studies; Media Arts; Media Literacy/English; Music; Visual Art

The Participant and the Observer in Rear Window (1954)

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic, photographer L.B. Jefferies’ broken leg has him stuck in his apartment in the middle of a hot summer. With little else to do, Jefferies becomes caught up in the lives of his neighbours and witnesses what he thinks may be a crime. Hitchcock’s celebrated thriller uses cinematography to align Jefferies with the audience as a viewer of the action. Through a guided viewing of Rear Window, students will explore Hitchcock’s treatment of voyeurism, its relevance to today’s society, and the ways we derive meaning from images.

Curriculum Connections: Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology; Communication Technology; History; Media Arts; Media Literacy/English

Identity: The Personal and Political in Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed series of autobiographical graphic novels, which address her life in Tehran during the rule of the Shah, the Islamic Revolution, and the Iran–Iraq War. While Satrapi’s life in Iran politicized her at a young age, it also contributed to her search for her own identity. In this screening, students will examine how cultural and political identity inform the construction of one’s sense of self.

Persepolis will be shown in French with English subtitles. Discussions can be facilitated in French or English if TIFF is notified at the time of booking.

Curriculum Connections: Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology; Communication Technology; Equity Studies; French; Media Arts; Media Literacy/English; Politics; World History; World Issues

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