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Docs For Schools Special Events

Film bookings and webinars are free. Recommended for secondary level.

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Past Events

May 13, 2021: WHAT ABOUT OUR FUTURE? Webinar

A free webinar with the director Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos and Sustainabiliteens Harrison Johnston, Naia Lee, Rebecca Hamilton, Samantha Lin from the doc What About Our Future? The films was one of the selections in the 2021 Docs For Schools Festival In-School program.


November 5, 2020: Webinar Q&A with BEYOND MOVING subject SIPHE NOVEMBER
Beyond Moving, the story of the National Ballet of Canada soloist Siphe November, was a part of the 2020 Docs For Schools Focus program. This live Q&A with Siphe November and film director Vikram Dasgupta was presented with Canada’s National Ballet School, and was led by students from the Dance program at Etobicoke School of the Arts (Toronto District School Board).

November 26, 2020: RBG Documentary & Live Webinar

As we grow up it can be easy to accept our present norm, not thinking about or understanding the battles fought by previous generations that allow us to enjoy present rights and privileges, and possibly unlikely that little thought is given to the fragility of these rights. Yet we can see this fragility playing out in the US with the death of RBG in September and the conservative replacement (Amy Coney Barrett) speedily pushed through their Republican Senate. The dynamic and balance on their Supreme Court has shifted right, and could play a significant role in changing many of the rights and freedoms Americans have gained in recent decades, especially those related to the rights and freedoms of women. Could this also occur in Canada?



Gillian Hnatiw is a feminist lawyer who runs her own firm in Toronto. Her work centers around issues of discrimination and equality, particularly for survivors of sexual violence and harassment. Gillian is also the Chair of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), the leading legal advocacy group for women’s rights in Canada. Gillian argues equality cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, where she does her best to channel RBG. www.gillianandco.ca

Farrah Khan has spent two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through education, art creation and advocacy. She is the founder of Possibility Seeds, a member of the Government of Canada’s Federal Strategy Against Gender-based Violence Advisory Council and co-director of Courage to Act, the first national project of its kind to address gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Canada.

Alana Robert is a strong legal advocate for Indigenous women. As an undergraduate at the University of Manitoba, she founded the group Justice For Women to combat gender-based violence on campus through education, policy, and support for students. She then testified on this work to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women and became involved with Equal Voice, where she designed an electronic resource toolkit to enable other young women across Canada to effect change in their own communities. Alana was part of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – and, during a summer internship at The Hague, she worked on victim and witness protection issues for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

December 7-11, 2020: CODED BIAS Documentary & Pre-Recorded Webinar
Coded Bias was offered as a special screening for United National International Human Rights Day on December 10. To accompany the film, Docs For Schools also offered a recorded during the New York City Human Rights Watch Festival this past June. A one minute intro welcome has been added from Jasmine Herlt, Managing Director Human Rights Watch Canada.



Deborah Brown - Moderator, senior research and digital rights activist at Human Right Watch

Shalini Kantayya - Director of CODED BIAS

Joy Buolamwini - One of the subjects of the film and the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League

Inioluwa Deborah Raji - One of the subjects of the film, fellow at the AI Now Institute, one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in the field of Enterprise Technology

Lee Rowland - Civil liberties attorney and advocate and Policy Director at NYC Liberties Union

Safiye Noble - UCLA professor, founder of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, and author the book Algorithms of Oppression

March 8, 2021: PICTURE A SCIENTIST Screening & Webinar for International Women’s Day International Women’s Day is a day to remember, to learn about the women who have and continue to pave the way for young girls today. Picture a Scientist showcases a group of female scientists who experience both implicit and explicit discrimination in the halls of academia and how they use the facts of science to fight this bias.


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