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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

Fall 2016 bookings are open.

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Below are the Fall 2016 films at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (formerly the Bloor). In December, the Winter 2017 titles will be announced, including a screening at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Stay tuned!

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Screenings on October 13 and 19 coincide with the free World Press Photo exhibition at Brookfield Place. Combining a film with the exhibition, offers students a full day of experiencing the world through both documentary mediums: still photos and film.


Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 AM

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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Wednesday, October 19 at 10:00 AM

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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Wednesday, November 16 at 10:00 AM

Audrie  Daisy 2

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


Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 AM

Chasing Asylum 1 A

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

Film Website

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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