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Fall/Winter Screenings

Docs For Schools offers engaging learning opportunities throughout the fall and winter semesters with many timely film screenings tied to awareness campaigns and other cultural events.

  • FREE for grades 7-12 in Ontario
  • Includes education packages with creative lesson plans and links to curriculum


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto - Book Now
- THU, FEB 15, 10:00 AM: Step
- TUE, MAR 27, 10:00 AM: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power - Mature content, recommended for high school grades

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
- WED, FEB 21, 10:30 AM: Sonita - Book Now
- TUE, MAR 27, 10:30 AM: What Tomorrow Brings

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa - Book Now
- WED, FEB 21, 10:00 AM: Speed Sisters

Film House, First Ontario Place, St Catharines
To book, email Stéphanie Filippi at [email protected] with school name & number of seats.
- THU, FEB 22, 10:00 AM: Step


anita 1


  • USA
  • 76
  • STC
  • Frida Mock

Mature content, recommended for high school grades

#metoo  It's time to introduce students to Anita Hill. In 1991, Anita Hill’s powerful testimony at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas brought sexual harassment into America’s national spotlight. Twenty years later, Ms. Hill revisits those hearings and for the first time on film speaks about the grueling nine-hour experience of confronting an all-white male jury who demonstrated little sensitivity towards sexual harassment. A sometimes painful and shocking look back, she reflects on how that testimony shaped her life and consequently a nation. This is a must-see film, particularly for young women, for the understanding it offers on how these historic hearings treated sexual harassment and how dismissively it was viewed by the public.  

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  • Iran, Germany, Switzerland
  • 90
  • STC
  • Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

English & Farsi, with English subtitles

Eighteen-year-old Sonita is an Afghan refugee in Iran, a passionate music lover in a culture where women are forbidden to sing. When she attempts to launch a career as a rapper, her conservative family intervenes. Desperate for money and shocked by her musical aspirations, they summon her back to Afghanistan to be sold into an arranged marriage. Creative ambition must overcome oppressive tradition in this powerful and inspirational film. When director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami takes Sonita on a suspenseful cross-border journey in pursuit of a U.S. scholarship, this charismatic young woman must learn to defy her family's expectations and channel her frustrations into rousing song. Winner of an Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Sonita is a soaring portrait of an extraordinary young woman discovering the power of her voice.

Speed Sisters 4


  • Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada
  • 80
  • STC
  • Amber Fares

Arabic & English, with English subtitles

Meet Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and Maysoon—the first all-woman car racing team in the Middle East. Brought together by a common desire to live life on their own terms, these five determined women have joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers on the gritty Palestinian motor racing circuit, competing against each other for the title, for bragging rights, for their hometown, and to prove that women can compete head-to-head with the guys. Both intimate and high octane, Speed Sisters captures the drive to defy all odds, leaving in its trail shattered stereotypes about gender and the Arab world.

Post-screening Q&A with Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti whose photographs are in the Canadian War Museum’s exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.

Step 4


  • USA
  • 84
  • STC
  • Amanda Lipitz

Winner, 2017 Docs For Schools Students' Choice Award

Going to school and accessing a quality education isn't easy or isn't even an option for some students. Step documents the senior year of a girl's high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success amidst social unrest in their troubled city.

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What Tomorrow Brings

  • USA
  • 52
  • STC
  • Beth Murphy

Dari & English, with English subtitles

In a remote village in Afghanistan is an all-female school, founded and led by spirited humanitarian Razia Jan. In a nation where education for young women is difficult to access and the dropout numbers are high, Jan puts literacy at the forefront, encouraging the girls in their pursuit of knowledge, independence and understanding. Her initiatives are progressive, and her young students embrace the opportunities to learn about their history in hopes of building a better future for themselves and their country. In the midst of many complications, from the influences of the Taliban to international government forces, Jan's school for young female students offers optimism for future generations. Filmmaker Beth Murphy takes her cameras inside the school walls and beyond, giving unfiltered insights to an evolving educational process that affects not only the girls, but the village as a whole.

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Additional support is provided by The Andy and Beth Burgess Family Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, The S. M. Blair Family Foundation and through contributions by individual donors.

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