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Docs For Schools 2015

BREAKING A MONSTER
D: Luke Meyer | USA | 93 min
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Challenge & Change, English Family Studies, Intro AP&S, Music, Media Arts, Philosophy
Mixing metal and speed punk, the talented Brooklyn seventh-graders behind the band Unlocking the Truth skyrocket to fame when their video goes viral, but can these adolescents manoeuvre the music industry and emerge unscathed?

CHRISTMAS WITH DON CHERRY
D: Wade Vroom | Canada | 13 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, English, Family Studies, Intro AP&S, Media Studies, Media Arts
Using only a projector and a white linen cloth in his living room, Wade Vroom regales us with tales from his youth in Fredericton, New Brunswick—the days when Don Cherry’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Hockey videotapes, gifted every Christmas, served as the glue between father and son. The film is a distinctively intimate hymn to life’s transience

THE CRASH REEL
D: Lucy Walker | USA | 109 minutes
Curriculum Connections: English, Family Studies, Physical Education, Science
At the height of his career, just days away from the Olympics, championship snowboarder Kevin Pearce was left fighting for his life after a major brain trauma. The Crash Reel is a high adrenaline film about discovering what’s most important.

DAVID & ME
D: Ray Klonsky, Marc Lamy | Canada | 69 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, English, Family Studies, Intro AP&S, Law, Media Studies, Philosophy
In 1985, a Brooklyn teen is convicted of pre-meditated murder based on questionable testimonies. A tenacious filmmaker has taken up his cause, presenting compelling new evidence aimed at freeing him after 28 years of incarceration.

ENJOY POVERTY
D: Renzo Martens | Netherlands | 90 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Economics, English, Geography, History, Media Arts, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Visual Arts
An investigation of the emotional and economic value of Africa’s most lucrative export: filmed poverty. Deep in the interiors of the Congo, Dutch artist Renzo Martens single handedly undertakes an epic journey and launches an emancipatory program that helps the poor become aware of their primary capital resource: Poverty.

GMO OMG
D: Jeremy Seifert | USA | 90 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Civics, English, Family Studies, Geography, Politics, Science
Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is looking for answers. How do GMOs affect our children? The health of our planet? Our freedom of choice? Is it possible to reject the food system currently in place or have we lost something we can’t regain? By the end, he’ll have you asking, “What’s on my plate?”

HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI
D: Neal Broffman | USA | 74 min
Curriculum Connections: American History, Communications, Technology, Computer Science, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Family Studies, Health for Life, Intro AP&S, Law, Media Studies, Philosophy
The potential and perils of online vigilantism and crowdsourcing are starkly realized for a family searching for their missing son, when the theory that he is a terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombings goes viral.

HERMAN’S HOUSE
D: Angad Singh Bhalla | Canada | 81 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Art, Civics, English, Family Studies, History, Intro AP&S, Law, Media Arts, Technology
After living in solitary confinement for 30 years, what kind of house would you envision? When artist Jackie Sumell asks jailed Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, it triggers a trip through years of brutal injustice.

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ
D: Brian Knappenberger | USA | 105 minutes
Curriculum Connections: American History, Law, Civics, Technology, Computer Science, English, Media Arts, Media Studies, Politics
This inspiring and emotional portrait of Internet visionary and activist Aaron Swartz explores how one of the most promising minds of a generation found himself staring down a government prosecuting him under the very laws he was fighting against.

MUGSHOT
D: Dennis Mohr | Canada | 52 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Business, English, Gender Studies, History, Law, Media Arts, Media Studies, Politics
What do Justin Bieber, Rob Ford and Conrad Black have in common? They all have cameos in this smart and fascinating investigation into how mugshots, originally intended to keep track of criminals, have been re-purposed as art and historical evidence.

NO PLACE TO HIDE: THE REHTAEH PARSONS STORY
D: Rama Rau | Canada | 47 min
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Civics, English, Equity & Social Justice, Family Studies, Intro AP&S, Law, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education
Those closest to Rehtaeh Parsons, the Canadian teenager whose suicide due to cyber-bullying shocked the world, recall her brief life, exposing the systems that failed her and the public outcry, led by Anonymous, for justice.

THE QUEEN OF SILENCE
D: Agnieszka Zwiefka | Germany, Poland | 80 min
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Challenge & Change in Society, Dance, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Family Studies, Geography, Intro AP&S, Media Arts, Physical Education, World Cultures
Suffering severe hearing loss, a young Roma girl is an outcast in her community; but when she discovers a Bollywood DVD in the trash, her dark world transforms into an enchanged stage in this extraordinary fairy-tale musical.

THE SECRET TRIAL 5
D: Amar Wala | Canada | 84 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Civics, English, History, Law, Media Studies, Politics
The film tells the shocking story of Canada’s security certificates, an unusual policy mechanism used to imprison five Muslim men without charge for nearly 30 years combined, while the evidence against them remains secret.

A SMALL ACT
D: Jennifer Arnold | USA | 54 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Civics, Family Studies, Geography, Philosophy, Politics
A young Kenyan’s life is changed dramatically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received, but can he have the same impact on a new generation?

SONGS FOR ALEXIS
D: Elvira Lind | Demark | 75 minutes
Curriculum Connections: English, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Politics
Two passionate teenagers are stuck in suburbia navigating their love story and its place in the world. When 16-year-old Alexis’ parents disapprove of her 18-year-old boyfriend Ryan, the talented transgender musician wonders if he’ll be left all alone.

SPEED SISTERS
D: Amber Fares | Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada | 80 min
Curriculum Connections: Careers, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Intro AP&S, Law, Media Studies, Politics, World Cultures, World Issues, World Religions
Bold and fearless, the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up tracks all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.

THE STARFISH THROWERS
D: Jesse Roesler | USA | 83 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Civics, English, Family Studies, Geography, Philosophy, Politics
When a five-star chef, a retired teacher and a sixth-grade girl make a simple gesture to feed the poor, they unexpectedly ignite a movement in the fight against hunger, and prove that individuals can make an enormous difference.

SUGAR COATED
D: Michèle Hozer | Canada | 91 min
Curriculum Connections: Biology, Chemistry, Civics, Economics, English, Family Studies, Food, Culture, Food & Nutrition, Health & Physical Education, Intro AP&S, Media Studies, Nutrition & Health, Science
In this moving and honest look into the lives of children of same-sex parents, the challenges of navigating a world rife with gener stereotypes and homophobia weave into the routine struggles of growing up.

T-REX
D: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper | USA | 86 min
Curriculum Connections: Business, Communications, Technology, English, Family Studies, Intro AP&S, Marketing, Media Studies, Physical Education
Seventeen years old, African American and poor, “T-Rex” knows a gold medal in women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics is her only chance of escaping family drama and a dead-end town. Get knocked out by the hype and hypocrisy of the celebrity sports industry.

THE WOLFPACK
D: Crystal Moselle | USA | 86 min
Curriculum Connections: Dynamics of Human Relationships, English, Family Studies, Intro AP&S, Visual Arts, World Religions, World Cultures
Six bright teenage brothers have spent their lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and recreate meticulously). Yet as adolescence looms, they dream to escape, ever more urgently, into the beckoning world.



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