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February Program

The 2021 Docs For Schools February In-School Program features a mix of regular in-school films and special events.

In a year of worldwide protests, we saw BIPOC communities come together to demand fair treatment under the law and in society. With renewed visibility to the injustices faced by racially marginalized communities, we see history repeating itself as people raise their voices and take to the streets. Each doc in this year’s program represents that spirit of demanding better and that the fight never ends.

  • Available February 1 - March 5, 2021
  • Willie only available the week of February 22, 2021
  • Book the film(s) for the week that coincides with your teaching
  • Each booking is one week long
  • Multiple weeks may be booked
  • All films come with education packages
  • Film link(s) and password(s) are sent prior to your selected viewing week

Questions? Contact Elspeth Arbow at [email protected].


ABOUT THE FILMS

Lessons Injustice

LESSONS INJUSTICE

  • Canada
  • 9
    Director:
  • Karen Chapman
    Subjects:
  • English
  • Media Studies
  • Civics
  • Visual Arts
  • Intro AP&S
  • Challenge & Change in Society
  • Equity Studies
  • Politics in Action
  • Politics
  • Law
  • World Cultures
  • Philosophy

As a lawyer and a Black man, Danardo Jones is well aware that the law can do little to protect his son against the anti-racism and discrimination that has become a part of his complicated Canadian identity.

Life Without Basketball

LIFE WITHOUT BASKETBALL

  • USA
  • 89
    Director:
  • Tim O’Donnell
    Subjects:
  • Physical Education & Health
  • English
  • Media Arts
  • Civics
  • Intro AP&S
  • Equity Studies
  • American History
  • Politics in Action
  • Law
  • Politics
  • World Religions
  • World Cultures

What is it like to be a Muslim female athlete in the world today? Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke records and barriers on her way to become the first Division 1 basketball player to wear a hijab. When a controversial ban by FIBA on religious headgear ends her chances at playing professionally, she is forced to re-examine her faith and identity as a Muslim American. Bilqis lost her dream of playing professional basketball because of the ban but now, thanks to her successful fight to overturn it, that dream lives on for millions of other hijab-wearing Muslim girls.

Dfs Soundtrack For A Revolution

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION

  • USA, France, UK
  • 82
    Director:
  • Bill Guttentag
    Subjects:
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • American History
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Social Studies

Note: Contains historical and archival protest footage from the '60s civil rights movement. The ‘N’ word is used several times. We expect teachers to preview to understand the context in which the word is used before presenting to students.

The story of the American civil rights movement of the sixties is told through its powerful music – the freedom songs sang at protests, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as protesters fought for justice and equality. This Docs For Schools favourite can now be seen through a new lens. Following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, this historical doc takes on new meaning as we recognize the continued power of peaceful protest to bring attention to injustices and the importance of young people as changemakers.

Willie 2

WILLIE

  • Canada, USA
  • 72
    Director:
  • Laurence Mathieu-Leger

Only available the week of February 22

    Subjects:
  • Language
  • History
  • Canadian History Since WWI
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • English
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • World Cultures
  • Challenge & Change in Society

In a country filled with hockey heroes, Willie O'Ree stands amongst the greats. In 1958, he broke the colour barrier, becoming the first Black player in the National Hockey League. Sixty years later, his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame made history again. The youngest of 13 children and a descendant of escaped slaves, O'Ree rose from humble beginnings in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to a 22-year pro hockey career that intersected with the civil rights movement. His talent on the ice was only a fraction of his impact on the game; in 1998, he became the NHL's diversity ambassador, with a focus on creating opportunities for kids who never had a chance to lace up a pair of skates. In Willie, everyone from his oldest friends to a new generation of players come together to honour a man dedicated to improving the world through a sport he loves.

Hockey24 Vod1

HOCKEY 24

  • Canada
  • 90
    Director:
  • Various

Although HOCKEY 24 does not technically fall under our February program, we thought it would be a nice change of pace, during these unsettling times, to offer a doc that showcases a big part of the Canadian identity that is filled with joy.

February is considered hockey month and includes the Scotiabank Hockey Day In Canada on February 13. Docs For Schools, some students and teachers will have a small part in this day…stay tuned.

We do not have an education package for HOCKEY 24, but we are confident you will enjoy and find lots to discuss with your students.

Filmed over the course of 24 hours on Sunday, November 17, 2019, this doc captures the spirit of hockey in Canada. Hockey is everybody’s sport and this doc shows how communities around the country make it their own. From adapted play to big time rinks and frozen backyard ponds, Canada’s love of hockey shines as players and fans show what hockey means to them.

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Exclusive Education Partner

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Supported by

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Additional support is provided by Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation, Donner Canadian Foundation, Pitblado Family Foundation, Flavelle Family Foundation, The McLean Foundation, OTIP, and through contributions by individual donors.

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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