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Docs For Schools Special Events

Film bookings and webinars are free.
Recommended for secondary level.
Once a film is booked, an education package is sent.

To book a film to show your class, email Lesley Sparks at [email protected].

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for updates

Past Events

November 5: Webinar Q&A with BEYOND MOVING subject SIPHE NOVEMBER
The recorded video will be available until November 30

BEYOND MOVING is part of the Docs For Schools fall Focus program and is the story of the young first soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, Siphe November.

In conjunction with teachers having the opportunity to select the documentary for in-class viewings, we are pleased to work with Canada’s National Ballet School to offer this live Q&A with Siphe November and film director Vikram Dasgupta.

The webinar Q&A is led by two students from the Dance program at Etobicoke School of the Arts (Toronto District School Board).

Teachers may still book the documentary for a free, class viewing up until November 30 by going to the Focus page.

RBG Documentary & Live Webinar

View the documentary RBG in school during the week of November 23-27. The live webinar will take place on Thursday, November 26 at 2pm.

November 26: Webinar Q&A for RBG
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

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

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

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.

CODED BIAS Documentary & Pre-Recorded Webinar

Each year, Docs For Schools offers a special screening in conjunction with the United Nations International Human Rights Day on December 10.

In partnership with Human Rights Watch Canada this year we are pleased to offer the documentary Coded Bias for online viewing the week of December 7 – 11.

We are also pleased to offer a webinar Q&A to complement the film content 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: ONLINE SCREENING for International Women’s Day

D: Sharon Shattuck & Ian Cheney | 60 min | 2020 | USA

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*Note: trailer is for feature length. We are offering 60 min, and the geologist who discusses her field is not included in the shorter version.

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.
This doc 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.

In this 60 minute version the focus is on professors Nancy Hopkins and Rachel Burks. The women come from different generations, but the work of both breaks down barriers. Rachel is also an acknowledged science communicator working to change the perceptions and traditions still too prevalent in the world of science.

Students will be inspired and encouraged. An important doc and reality for all students in STEM today.

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