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Festival In-School Selections

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We are pleased to offer these 10 films in our Docs For Schools Festival In-School program as part of the Hot Docs Festival, April 27 – May 7.

IMPORTANT:

  • This program is available in Ontario to Grades 7–12 only
  • Program is FREE
  • Maximum 6 DVDs may be selected

If interested in participating, be sure to read the Rules and Dates and please share the film list and blurbs with your colleagues.

If you have questions about any component of the program, contact Lesley at [email protected] | 416.203.2155 x253.

ABOUT FILM CONTENT:

All Docs For Schools films have connections to the Ontario School Curriculum. Once education packages are available will email teachers who have selected DVDs.

The films are not listed for grade level. Each teacher has their own level of acceptable content related to their student population and community standards. There will be no gratuitous imagery in the films, and any content that might be disturbing will be noted with the film description.

We ask you do some research on the films of interest, and if you have questions, please contact Lesley at [email protected].

Any DVD selected needs to be previewed before screening with students.

The goal is to have multiple classes view the films.

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CHASING ICE

  • USA
  • 75
  • STC
    Director:
  • Jeff Orlowski
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Science
  • Civics
  • English
  • Geography
  • Photography
  • Politics

This visually stunning film follows renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog on a harsh Arctic expedition where he captures a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers—undeniable evidence that our planet is in crisis.

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Interview with photographer James Balog

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THE CROSSING

  • Norway
  • 55
  • STC
    Director:
  • George Kurian

Arabic with English Subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Challenge & Change
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity Studies
  • Law
  • Media Arts
  • Politics
  • World Issues
  • World Geography

In this vivid chronicle of a humanitarian crisis, cameras accompany a group of remarkably optimistic middle-class Syrian families forced into extraordinary choices as they risk smugglers, death and indifference in a desperate bid for freedom.

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Film Journal International Article

Interview with filmmaker George Kurian

Driving With Selvi

DRIVING WITH SELVI

  • Canada
  • 52
  • STC
    Director:
  • Elisa Paloschi

In Kannada with English subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Dynamics of Human Relationships
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • World Cultures
  • Religions

Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to live, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.

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CBC Article

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FED UP

  • USA
  • 60
  • STC
    Director:
  • Stephanie Soechtig
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • American History
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Intro AP&S
  • Media Arts
  • Media Studies
  • Politics
  • Science

Combining the personal stories of three families struggling with weight issues with a provocative and revealing exposé of the food industry, Fed Up will turn your perspective on diet, nutrition and health inside out.

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Indiewire article

CBS News article

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FRAME 394

  • Canada
  • 29
  • STC
    Director:
  • Rich Williamson
    Subjects:
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity & Social Justice
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Media Arts
  • Intro AP&S
  • Politics
  • World Geography
  • World Issues

Frame 394 profiles an eccentric young man from Toronto who, through the power of the internet, manages to entangle himself in one of America’s most high-profile police shooting cases.

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Deadline Hollywood article

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HANDSOME & MAJESTIC

  • Canada
  • 12
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Nathan Drillot
  • Jeff Petry
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Visual Arts
  • Challenge & Change
  • English
  • Equity Studies
  • Diversity & Social Justice
  • Gender Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Law
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

Handsome & Majestic follows the story of Milan Halikowski, a teenager from the rural city of Prince George, BC. As a recently transitioned transgender boy, Milan deals with discrimination and abuse from his peers and teachers at school, as he seeks to find other kids like himself. Throughout these hardships, he becomes a role model and an advocate for trans people in his small community.

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CBC article

Migrant Dreams 3

MIGRANT DREAMS

  • Canada
  • 88
  • STC
    Director:
  • Min Sook Lee

In English, Indonesian and Spanish, with English subtitles.

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Challenge & Change
  • English
  • Equity & Social Justice
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • World Issues
  • World Politics

Deceptive brokers and systemic exploitation are starkly exposed in this stirring story of two courageous Indonesian women caught in Canada’s migrant worker program, fighting for basic rights in the face of debt bondage and low paying work.

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Macleans article

Q&A with director Min Sook Lee

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WHO IS DAYANI CRYSTAL?

  • UK, Mexico
  • 85
  • STC
    Director:
  • Marc Silver

English and Spanish with English subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Challenge & Change
  • English
  • Equity Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • History
  • Law
  • Media Arts
  • Politics
  • World Geography
  • World Issues

High school grades only. Some scenes of bodies found in desert may be disturbing.

Arizona’s desert claims another migrant’s life. With only the tattoo “Dayani Cristal” as a clue, a search begins across the continent to discover his identity and the people he may have left behind. With Gael García Bernal.

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New York Times article

Additional class resources

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WIZARD MODE

  • Canada
  • 98
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Nathan Drillot
  • Jeff Petry
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Dynamics of Human Relationships
  • Economics
  • English
  • Equity Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Human Development
  • Media Arts

Combo! Meet one of the world's top pinball players, an earnest and well-liked young man whose single-minded skill is a function of autism—both limiting and expanding his ability to interact in the world as he rises in international rankings.

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CTV interview with film subject Robert Gagno

Youve Been Trumped Too

You've Been Trumped Too

  • UK
  • 80
  • STC
    Director:
  • Anthony Baxter
    Subjects:
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • English
  • Equity & Social Justice
  • Intro AP&S
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Media Arts
  • Politics
  • Geography
  • Travel & Tourism
  • World Issues

This timely and explosive film explores the fascinating and deeply troubling confrontation between a feisty 92-year-old Scottish widow and her family and a billionaire attempting to become the most powerful man in the world.

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The Guardian article

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