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Fall/Winter Cinema 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

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What type of films are screened? Check out selections from the 2015-16 season below.

Speed Sisters 4

SPEED SISTERS

  • Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada
  • 80
  • G
    Director:
  • Amber Fares

In Arabic and English, with English subtitles.

    Subjects:
  • Careers
  • English
  • Media
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Politics
  • World Issues

Strap on your helmet and buckle up! This high-octane film stars the Middle East’s first all-women race car team. Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and their manager Maysoon—each bold, fearless and charismatic in their own unique way—are part of an emerging speed racing scene that has seen contests between cities on the West Bank and drawn thousands of avid spectators, despite the constant danger from the Israeli occupation. Director Amber Fares takes us into the drivers’ homes and lives, following them as they attempt to join the ranks of the male drivers in the newly formed racing federation. The women compete against each other for both the title of “Fastest Woman Driver” and the right to race against the men. Overcoming social expectations, community politics and family dynamics—not to mention movement restrictions and checkpoints from the Israeli military—these women shatter stereotypes about Arab women and offer a source of inspiration for girls and women around the world.

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No Place To Hide The Rehtaeh Parsons Story 1

NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY

  • Canada
  • 47
  • 14A
    Directors:
  • Rama Rau
    Subjects:
  • Challenge & Change in Society
  • Civics
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Law

When Rehtaeh Parsons was 15 years old, she went to a party that would define her remaining teenage years. She was sexually attacked and had no memory of it, until photographic evidence spread through social media. The resulting humiliation and bullying the Nova Scotia teen received led to her tragic suicide less than two years later. News of her death reverberated worldwide, a stunning demonstration of the power of images and social networks to amplify the extent of rape culture and effects of depression. Now, her parents and those who knew her reassemble the pieces of Parsons’s life in their courageous quest to make accountable the systems that failed to protect her. With the support of Anonymous, an online campaign and public pressure, they forced the Nova Scotian government and RCMP to address the case and bring the perpetrators to justice. Parsons’s story epitomizes the immense capacity of new tools in these nascent years of social networking.

Presented with the Regent Park Film Festival and in conjunction with Bully Awareness Week.

Secret Trial 5 1

THE SECRET TRIAL 5

  • Canada
  • 84
  • PG
    Director:
  • Amar Wala
    Subjects:
  • Civics
  • English
  • History
  • Intro AP&S
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Politics

The Secret Trial 5 captures the tragic stories of Muslim men detained under the Canadian government’s security certificates, an “immigration process” that allows for the indefinite jailing of non-citizens without charge—unless they agree to be deported to countries where they face serious risk of torture. Created in 1978, the process is intended to remove non-Canadians who might pose a threat to national security. However, all evidence—including hearsay and that obtained under torture—is concealed from the detainees and their lawyers, leaving them with virtually no way to challenge their imprisonment. This rare device has been used to imprison five Muslim men who, combined, have spent nearly 30 years in jail despite having never been charged with a crime. Human rights lawyers, the men's families and thousands of supporters challenge the constitutionality of these certificates. All the men want is a fair trial.

Discussion to follow screening.

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Presented with the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) in conjunction with the United Nation's International Human Rights Day.

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T-REX

  • USA
  • 86
  • PG
    Directors:
  • Zackary Canepari
  • Drea Cooper

Winner—Student Choice Award, Docs For Schools 2015

    Subjects:
  • Business
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Marketing
  • Physical Education

Just 17 years old, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields is a boxing phenomenon. With an unbeaten record, she trains hard on the equally hard streets of Flint, Michigan. Whether to escape her family’s crazy daily dramas or the dim prospects of life in a dead-end town, she is banking on one plan: the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her coach—an obvious father-figure—gives her everything she needs to make it happen, from a second home to steel-focused training. Now she just has to win. But will even this potentially historic moment of fame be enough to change what the future often holds for a poor, African American girl in a recession-state? Filmmakers Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper combine a slick visual style with unexpectedly candid observations of a vulnerable young woman crafting a smart critique of the truly unequal opportunities of sports fame in America.

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Sweet Micky for President 1

SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT

  • USA
  • 86
  • PG
    Director:
  • Ben Patterson

In Creole, English and French, with English subtitles.

    Subjects:
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Intro AP&S
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • World Issues

The Haitian presidential election that followed the devastating 2010 earthquake seemed more like a battle of the bands than a race for president. As controversial musician Michel Martelly—aka Sweet Micky—throws his name into the race, Haitian ex-Fugees member Pras Michel returns to the country to support Martelly’s campaign. Together they transform Martelly’s sometimes scandalous image into that of a savvy politician and—with little to no political experience—go head to head with a corrupt government, civil unrest and a fixed election. And just when things seem like the could not get any worse, Pras's former band mate Wyclef Jean also enters the presidential race, making a win for Martelly seem next to impossible. Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival, Sweet Micky for President captures a perfect storm of political maelstrom and unsettled scores as this dramatic race comes to a finish.

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FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

  • USA
  • 83
  • PG
    Directors:
  • John Maloof
  • Charlie Siskel
    Subjects:
  • English
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Visual Arts

When career nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, her many boxes of over 100,000 photographs and negatives were sent to auction. One buyer, director John Maloof, processed the films and discovered the genius of Maier's street photography. The art world was quick to embrace the photographs and the world wanted to know more about the previously unknown Vivian Maier. Maloof introduces us to this curious photographer, who posthumously is being recognized as one of America's most accomplished street photographers. Yet, as we learn about Maier, we are also left to wonder: would have wanted all this attention.

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Docs For Schools is pleased to partner with the AGO again this year, in conjunction with their exhibition . Attend a morning screening, and obtain special discounted tickets to view the exhibition in the afternoon.

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This project was supported through the Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.

Additional support is provided by The Toronto Arts Council, The Andy and Beth Burgess Family Foundation, the Hal Jackman Foundation and through contributions by individual donors.

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