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Burn Your Maps

Year 2016
Runtime 102 mins

*WINNER: Audience Choice, Best Narrative Feature

Selected as a Top 10 Audience Favourite of the Festival 


Director Jordan Roberts in attendance at the screening on September 23!

Eight-year-old Wes (Jacob Tremblay, ROOM) has always felt a little bit out of place. After a family tragedy, Wes comes to realize that he's not truly a young American boy – he’s supposed to be a Mongolian goat herder, and was born in the wrong place. Enlisting the help of an Indian filmmaker and a crowdfunding campaign, they set off to the steppes of Asia with Wes’ family in tow. Against all odds, trekking across the other side of the world might be just what they need in order to be close together again.

Co-written and directed by Jordan Roberts (BIG HERO 6) and starring Vera Farmiga (BATES MOTEL, SOURCE CODE) and Martin Csokas (NOAH), BURN YOUR MAPS is an comedy-drama filmed in Alberta that highlights the indomitable spirit of humanity, hope and finding your place in a big, crazy world.



Parent’s Guide: This road trip movie navigates the challenges of loss and grief for parents and children. Domestic arguments, frank sexual talk, profanity, and some of the realities of raising livestock are included. 
Content Information for BURN YOUR MAPS.

Content Grades
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C-
Alcohol/Drug Use: B

Description of the grades

About Parent Previews
This year, CIFF is working with the film review site Parent Previews to review a select number of movies from a family perspective. The main goal of these reviews is to give parents an idea of what they will encounter when they take their kids to the movies. Armed with information about a film's content, parents can then choose movies that are most suitable for their child's interests and sensitivities, as well as one that is in keeping with their family's standards.


United States
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Jordan Roberts
Executive Producer
Mark Axelowitz, Babak Eftekhari, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Scott Karol, Dennis Pelino, Lawrence Smith
Courtney Solomon, Patrick Aiello, Mark Canton, Julie Kirkham
John Bailey
Jacob Tremblay, Vera Farmiga, Marton Csokas