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Cinema Screenings

Throughout the Fall and Winter, cinema screenings will be announced. Be sure you are on the Docs For Schools email list for updates.

Fee: All screenings are free.

Grade levels: Programs are available to Grade 7-12 classes. We allow teachers to determine what content is appropriate to share with their students based on their own teaching methods, their community, and the maturity of their students. Films with mature content will be labeled as such, noting that they are recommended for high school only. Please view any trailers and links posted below each film summary for additional information.

Contact: Lesley Sparks at [email protected] for questions or to be added to receive the DFS email list.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Location: 506 Bloor Street West | Bathurst Subway

Past Events

Biggest Little Farm


  • USA
  • 91
  • John Chester
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When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny Los Angeles apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice most only dream of: trading in the city hustle to live in harmony with the land. But the couple’s naïve ambition of building a sustainable farm takes a series of wild turns as they come to realize that, to survive, they will have to reach a deeper understanding of the intricacies of nature and of life itself. Filled with breathtaking images of plants and animals, the film is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a beautiful homage to the natural world.

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Wed, Oct 16, 10 AM // MAIDEN

  • USA
  • 97
  • Alex Holmes
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In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist? Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. The story of Maiden’s upstart, defiant run at the Whitbread Round the World Race has all the elements of an epic adventure tale—50-foot waves, life and death drama, near-mutiny, thrilling victory—grounded in a perceptive group portrait of a team of courageous young women led by the remarkable, complicated Tracy Edwards. They pioneered the sport of long-distance racing for the women who followed and inspired women in all fields to prove themselves the equal of men.

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  • USA
  • 32
  • Linda Booker

Keeping in line with Docs For Schools Fall environment content we are pleased to offer this special event. A screening of the short doc Straws, along with segments from the CBC show Marketplace, will showcase the prevalence of plastics in our daily lives and the realities of what is recycled in Toronto and where our waste goes.

This will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by David Common, including an opportunity for Q&A with students.

  • David Common: CBC Senior Correspondent and Host of Marketplace
  • Jo-Anne St.Godard: Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario
  • Matt Keliher, General Manager: Solid Waste Management, City of Toronto

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

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