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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

TO BOOK:
E-mail Lesley Sparks at [email protected] to make your booking and include:
Name | School | Grade | Subject | Number of seats
Questions: 416-203-2155 X253

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SONITA

  • USA
  • 90
  • STC
    Director:
  • Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Suitable for Grades 7–12; In English and 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, the winner of an Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 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. Sonita is an uplifting film, a soaring portrait of an extraordinary young woman discovering the power of her voice.

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Video:  Sonita …brides for sale   

Interview with Sonita

The Guardian: "Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami set out to make a film about an Afghan refugee performer - and ended up helping her escape"


Thursday, February 23 at 10:00 AM
Screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

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DO NOT RESIST

  • USA
  • 70
  • STC
    Director:
  • Craig Atkinson

Mature - recommended for high school classes discussing similar content.

A shocking exposé that crosses the United States to reveal the heavily militarized face of policing and the insidious racism that lies just below the surface. With unfettered front line views, we see aggressive SWAT raids that uncover the most meager offenses, overbearing control of legal demonstrations, Orwellian aerial surveillance operations, fascistic police training seminars and statisticians flirting dangerously close to “pre-crime” law enforcement all coalesce into a dangerous pattern. There’s a vicious cycle, where the social unrest caused by police brutality is used as justification for increased spending on even more dangerous weapons and draconian police strategies. Focusing on the impact of militarized policing on the most vulnerable populations—poor black Americans—this far-reaching doc conveys that when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. 

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Film Website

The Guardian: "Craig Atkinson's documentary about police militarization in America asks an important question: how did we get here?"


Tuesday, March 28 at 10:00 AM
Screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

Docs For Schools is pleased to partner with the Royal Ontario Museum for this screening.

Following the screening, consider booking your class for an afternoon visit to the exhibition Out Of The Depths: The Blue Whale Story (Details below, click “Read More”)

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RACING EXTINCTION

  • USA
  • 90
  • STC
    Director:
  • Louie Psihoyos

Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) embarks on an urgent mission to save endangered species in Racing Extinction. Never-before-seen images and footage reveal just how close we are to causing mass extinction, potentially losing half of all species by the end of the century. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the team delves into the two worlds driving extinction—the dangerous international black-market trade of endangered wildlife and the disastrous environmental consequences of human activity. Emotional and inspiring, Racing Extinction is a wakeup call to preserve a thriving planet before it’s too late.

Education package will be posted late February. 

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After the screening, make your way to the Royal Ontario Museum to explore Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, a ROM original exhibition that retells the tragic story of 2014 and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation that resulted. Come face to face with the enormous eighty-foot skeleton of Blue, and discover the mind-blowing biology of blue whales!

To book seats for Racing Extinction, email [email protected] with number of seats, grade(s) and school name.

To book ROM visit: $10 per person, timed tickets starting 12:30, 1:00, 1:30 p.m.
Timed tickets are booked on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached.
Bookings must be made online via the ROM School Visits website.

The ROM is located on University Ave at Bloor St. W., approx. 20 minute walk from the cinema.



FALL 2016 FILMS

What Tomorrow Brings 1

WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS

  • USA
  • 89
  • STC
    Director:
  • Beth Murphy

In Dari and English, with English subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Grade 7/8 Languages
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Law
  • World Cultures
  • World History
  • World Issues

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. Gabor Pertic, Hot Docs

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Driving With Selvi

DRIVING WITH SELVI

  • UK
  • 52
  • STC
    Director:
  • Elisa Paloschi

In Kannada with English Subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Grade 7/8 Languages
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Intro AP&S
  • Law
  • Media Arts
  • Politics
  • World Cultures
  • World History
  • World Religions

Selvi will be attending this screening and there will be a 30-minute Q&A with students following the film.

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. We first meet 18-year-old Selvi at a girls shelter in 2004—timid, soft-spoken, a fresh runaway from a difficult life. Over a ten-year journey, we see a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and defies all expectations—learning to drive, starting her own taxi company, leading seminars to educate other women and much more. This character-driven story highlights the challenges that millions of devalued women and girls in India face. In a society where women are often considered expendable or worthless, Selvi refuses to accept this estimation for herself, moving beyond the pain she’s experienced to create an entirely new life.   

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AUDRIE & DAISY

  • USA
  • 95
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Jon Shenk
  • Bonni Cohen

Winner, Docs For Schools Students' Choice Award 2016

    Subjects:
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Gender Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Health
  • Intro AP&S
  • Media Arts
  • Media Studies

Given the nature of content, the film will be sensitive to some students. Please review all info below, including the Democracy Now interview. Contact Lesley Sparks at [email protected] or 416-203-2155 x253 with questions. 

Presented in conjunction with Bully Awareness Week with the support of Kids Help Phone.

Following the screening there will be a Skype Q&A for students with Delaney, one of the film's subjects.   

For teenagers living in a digital world, assault and bullying exist in a constant 24-hour loop. Audrie and Daisy, two high school girls living in separate towns in America, were sexually assaulted by boys they knew and considered friends. Their assaults were documented and shared, and the girls faced public shaming in the aftermath, leading to devastating emotional costs. But the stories of these two girls go well beyond their particular incidents - theirs is the chilling reality of a modern age that cycles traumas from basement parties to Facebook posts. There is also incredible power in the stories of Audrie and Daisy, a power to speak publicly against such abuses and social trends. By giving voice to these girls and all those who’ve shared similar pains and consequences, a community of support and understanding is built. They are the voices that deserve to be heard the most. Gabor Pertic, Hot Docs

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In January 2016, Daisy, her mom and Audrie's mom were interviewed on Democracy Now. View Interview

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CHASING ASYLUM

  • Australia
  • 96
  • STC
    Director:
  • Eva Omer

In English, Dari, Farsi and Arabic, with English subtitles.

    Subjects:
  • Canadian & World Issues
  • Canadian Law & World Politics
  • Challenge & Change in Society
  • Civic & Citizenship
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • World Cultures
  • World Geography

Presented in conjunction with United Nations Human Rights Day.

Asylum-seekers from around the world continue to risk their lives by embarking on dangerous boat crossings in search of safe harbour. But what happens when the destination is as unwelcoming as the dangers left behind? Australia has implemented some of the harshest immigration laws in the world, and Eva Orner’s unflinching new film exposes the impact of these policies, which see asylum-seekers detained in isolated island facilities and left in stateless limbo, sometimes for years. Shocking never-before-seen footage from inside the facilities, obtained by anonymous sources using hidden cameras, reveals the desperation and despair of the detainees, along with the feelings of powerlessness from those hired to oversee them. As reports of sexual and physical abuse surface, greater questions arise about a country whose leaders choose detention over compassion, and who deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. Shane Smith, Hot Docs

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Interview with director Eva Omer on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paiken

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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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