Citizen Minutes Bnr

Docs For Schools: Citizen Minutes

Hot Docs presents Citizen Minutes, a series of short documentaries highlighting ordinary Canadians doing extraordinary things to improve their communities. Meet bold and unlikely changemakers who inspire us to jump in and get involved in civic issues close to our homes and hearts.

Docs For Schools is pleased to present the Citizen Minutes project films to teachers across Canada. At a time when citizen engagement is needed more than ever, through these eight short docs your students will meet civically minded Canadians making a difference who just might inspire students to engage within their own communities.

While themed around civic engagement, there are many subjects and topics to pull from each film. With a selection of stories as diverse as the communities they represent, there is something for everyone with the Citizen Minutes films, along with an education package for each.

  • Grades 5 - 12
  • Available November 15 to December 17, 2021
  • Additional booking dates and program info will be announced in January
  • One booking includes all eight Citizen Minutes films
  • Each film is less than 9 minutes in length
  • Each booking is two weeks long
  • Suitable for both online and in-class teaching
  • Films will be sent with links/passwords and education packages
  • Films will be sent one week prior your selected period for preview and lesson prep
  • It is important to preview any film prior to showing to your students
BOOK NOW

Questions? Please contact Docs For Schools coordinator Elspeth Arbow at [email protected].


About the Films

Cit Min Excluded By Design 1

Excluded by Design

  • Canada
  • 3
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Directors:
  • Simon Madore
  • Gabriel Tougas
    Subjects:
  • Art
  • Language
  • Civics
  • Design
  • English
  • Equity
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Writer and community organizer Dave Meslin thinks that bad public notices are hurting our democracy—and he's calling on graphic designers to show us what we're missing.

Cit Min 50 50 Temp

Nourrir les Rêves

  • Canada
  • 6
  • French with English subtitles
    Directors:
  • Kimberley Ann Surin
  • Aïcha Morin-Balde
    Subjects:
  • Geography
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Health
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Canadian-World Issues

In 2007, Lasallien Center opened their doors in St-Michel—one of the most disadvantaged boroughs on the island of Montreal. Nourrir les Rêves introduces audiences to Paul Evra, the young altruistic director who grew up there and is leading the center and their mission to help feed the numerous families in the area who are food insecure.

Cit Min Jean Swanson 1

Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map

  • Canada
  • 7
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Director:
  • Teresa Alfred
    Subjects:
  • Geography
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Sociology

A profile of veteran activist and first-term Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson as she works alongside the next generation of anti-poverty activists fighting systemic inequality.

Cit Min Mending Crack 1

Mending a Crack in the Sky

  • Canada
  • 8
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Directors:
  • Roble Issa
  • Zach Jama
    Subjects:
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Canadian
  • Canadian-World Issues

Shamso Mohamoud and Shamso Elmi both lost their sons to violence and watched their alleged killers walk free without so much as a legal prosecution. Now, the two Somali-Canadian mothers have organized a group "Mending a Crack in the Sky" to collectively combat gun violence and hardship while facing cultural and racial barriers.

Cit Min Gift 1

The Gift

  • Canada
  • 3
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Director:
  • Rachel Garrick
    Subjects:
  • Indigenous
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Media
  • Sociology

A lesson in compassion and generosity results in a lifelong gift. Set in a small Northwestern Ontario town, a father takes an opportunity to pass on important teachings to his daughter.

Cit Min Body Politics 1

Body Politics

  • Canada
  • 8
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Director:
  • Aisha Fairclough
    Subjects:
  • Health
  • Language
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Gender Studies
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Canadian-World Issues

In a fatphobic image-conscious world, educator, activist and eccentric cat-lady-turned-politician Dr. Jill Andrew takes her fight for body justice, human rights, representation, access and equity to the legislature as the first queer Black person elected as a member of provincial parliament. Here’s a glimpse into a 40 year story of becoming told through the eyes of her filmmaking partner...Don’t blink!

Cit Min Ride Fair 1

Ride Fair

  • Canada
  • 7
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Director:
  • Javier Lovera
    Subjects:
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Geography
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Technology
  • Canadian-World Issues

Three fearless community organizers with a history of standing up against big tech corporations, embark on an uphill political fight to regulate Uber and Lyft in Toronto so that these companies operate in the public interest, respecting communities, drivers, and passengers.

Cit Min Militant Mother 1

Militant Mother

  • Canada
  • 8
  • CC - includes closed captions
    Director:
  • Carmen Pollard
    Subjects:
  • Language
  • Geography
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Canadian-World Issues

To get to class on time, children from the Raymur Place social housing project were forced to jump shunting train cars that stood in their path. In 1971, after months of petitioning for a safe crossing, a group of mothers made their voices heard by blockading CN rail from delivering goods.

The Citizen Minutes project is eight short films commissioned by Hot Docs, produced by Lisa Jackson (producer, Door Number 3 Productions) and Lauren Grant (producer, Clique Pictures). Broadcast partner Bell Media.

All >

Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • Logo Cbc Gem

Presenting Partners

  • logo Crave
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate Ontario
  • logo telefilm