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Docs For Schools Focus: Home

At a time when our world can feel unsettled and divisive at every turn, the term home can take on new meaning. This year HOME is the theme of the Focus program, offering a selection of films that can help to broaden understanding and importance of this simple, yet complex word four-letter word.

The films
CHASING ICE is a macro view of our home, the planet, being environmentally destroyed.
CITIZEN JANE discusses urbanization, defining communities and the need to fight to maintain what makes them home.
DEEPLY ROOTED confronts stereotypes as we meet a family that has lived in the same community for three generations, yet are still asked where they are from.
HOME NO MORE shows how religious hatred brings fear and question to the safety of a home.
VANCOUVER: NO FIXED ADDRESS highlights the urban crisis where the majority can no longer afford to buy a home.

The Focus program is designed to be shown in conjunction with your class curriculum.

Booking is open from Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Friday, January 25, 2019.

Questions? Please contact program administrator Aashna Thakkar at [email protected].




  • USA
  • 75
  • PG
  • Jeff Orlowski

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was dispatched to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images that tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. At the time, Balog was skeptical. Even if human-caused climate change is real, can we correct it? But what he saw on that first trip was too compelling to dispute. Balog had to act and so created the Extreme Ice Survey, a multi-year project that would, through time-lapse photography, document dramatic changes to numerous glaciers around the world. With stunning cinematography and access to never before seen areas of the Arctic, Chasing Ice documents Balog's incredible journey to provide incontrovertible proof—at great risk to his own health—that our planet is in crisis and what we do to it matters.

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  • USA
  • 92
  • G
  • Matt Tyrnauer

This timely and inspirational documentary chronicles legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs’ battle to save historic NYC neighbourhoods from the draconian redevelopment plans of ruthless power broker Robert Moses in the 1960s. Has anything changed? We can look at this film as a precursor to the many realities experienced today in the fight to save communities.

Deeply Rooted Real


  • Canada
  • 23
  • STC
  • Cazhhmere

The film’s director Cazhhmere was born in Canada—it is her home. Her ancestors were among the first black settlers to come to Canada where generations of her family have weaved themselves into the fabric of this country. Yet despite a deep history, Cazhhmere is constantly asked where she if from. The film helps us to reflect on our own internal biases towards Canadian ancestry.

Home No More


  • Canada
  • 19
  • STC
  • Zahra Moloo

Explores what it’s like living as a Muslim woman in Quebec City, one year after one of Canada’s worst terrorist attacks—the deadly shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec (CCIQ) on January 29, 2017. The attack claimed the lives of six worshippers and injured 19 others, forever altering the complex relationship between Quebec’s Muslim community and the predominantly white, Catholic population of the city. Some Muslims, many of whom established themselves in the city decades ago, refuse to abandon their homes and their community. Others are making the difficult choice to leave the city they call home; to move to places where they will feel safer and more accepted.

Vancouver No Fixed Address 1


  • Canada
  • 75
  • STC
  • Charles Wilkinson

With average real estate prices nearing $900,000 in a city where minimum wage is less than $13 per hour, home ownership isn’t even a dream for many in Vancouver. For years, Canada’s national news has fixated on this specific market, trying to explain the dramatic value escalation that appears to be a bubble that won’t burst. Foreign ownership, lack of supply, greed and an inactive government have all been blamed. The things that make a city livable also make it desirable, and developers and investors prey upon those qualities in a free market that caters to the highest bidder. Director Charles Wilkinson (director of Haida Gwaii: On The Edge of the World Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature 2015) moves beyond statistics and square footage to the people directly affectedincluding those with property and those withoutin this candid and human portrayal of a city that continues to rise yet cannot meet demand.

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Additional support is provided by The S. M. Blair Family Foundation, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation, Pitblado Family Foundation, The McLean Foundation and through contributions by individual donors.

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