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Docs For Schools 2010

A SMALL ACT
D: Jennifer Arnold | USA | 88 min
For $15 a term, a Swedish stranger sponsors a young Kenyan’s education and transforms his life. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, he founds a scholarship to pay it forward, but discovers a failing school system that’s leaving its children behind.
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CANDYMAN: THE DAVID KLEIN STORY
D: Costa Botes | New Zealand | 76 min
Jelly Belly releases an official history of the candy, but the inventor’s name, David Klein, isn’t to be found. Featuring an eccentric millionaire, conniving corporations, lots of sugar, and Weird Al Yankovic, this is the unbelievable story explaining why.
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CONGO IN FOUR ACTS
D: Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala, Kiripi Katembo Siku | Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa | 69 min
A quartet of powerful, hard-hitting short films that lay bear the disturbing reality of everyday life in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo.
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GASLAND
D: Josh Fox | USA | 107 min
Flammable tap water, mysterious ailments, poisoned land and livestock: Sundance prize-winner Gasland exposes the shocking environmental calamities and cover-ups caused by natural gas drilling, shedding an absurd light on America’s new energy race.
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IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY
D: Shelley Saywell | Canada| 90 min
The tragic murder of Mississauga’s Aqsa Parvez is featured in this powerful and sensitive investigation into the killing of young girls in the name of the family honour in North America. Heartbreaking stories expose the beliefs used to justify violence against women.
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LISTEN TO THIS
D: Juan Baquero | Canada | 76 min
Jasmine Jacobs is an artist – she just doesn’t know it yet. Three special kids blossom through a music program at an inner-city Toronto elementary school in this inspiring doc about what it means to be truly heard.
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P-STAR RISING
D: Gabriel Noble | USA | 83 min
What’s da word? P-Star is the world’s youngest rap artist. An atypical tween, she rhymes what she knows: temporary housing, crack, single dad and bling. When the dough starts to flow, you wonder who’s really the adult.
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TEENAGE PAPARAZZO
D: Adrian Grenier | USA | 101 min
Who better to expose the world of the paparazzi and star-worship than a celebrity? Actor Adrian Grenier turns the camera onto 13-year-old shooter Austin Visschedyk, and stalks famous friends Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon and Paris Hilton.
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THE STORY OF FURIOUS PETE
D: George Tsioutsioulas | Canada | 85 min
Peter was recovering from anorexia when a friend dared him to eat a super-sized breakfast. He rose to the challenge and ate four. Now, he’s a YouTube sensation and world champion competitive eater.
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THUNDER SOUL
D: Mark Landsman | USA | 83 min
Big afros, funk arrangements and a super tight stage show put the Kashmere High School Band on the map in the 1970’s. Thirty-five years later, the band reunites to honour their mentor, Conrad “Prof” Johnson.
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WASTE LAND
D: Lucy Walker | UK, Brazil | 99 min
A multiple-award winner on the festival circuit, Lucy Walker’s transcendent doc follows artist Vik Muniz and his work with pickers of recyclable materials in Brazil’s Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill site.
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