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Festival In-School Selections

Bookings are now closed for the In-School program. If you have questions or would like to be added to the Docs For Schools email list, contact Lesley at [email protected].

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Screenings with Students: Tuesday, April 23 - Tuesday, May 7
Cost: Free (excluding postage to return DVDs)
Who: Grade 7-12 teachers in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario
Only one teacher per school may book (we recommend the school librarian)


NEW THIS YEAR! Select online links OR DVDs (no mixing and matching)

IF YOU SELECT ONLINE LINKS…
- Select up to 10 online links
- Link and password emailed to you the week of April 8 for previewing
- Link and password expire May 7, end of day

IF YOU SELECT DVDs…
- Select up to 8 DVDs
- Standing Rock Pt. 1 & 2 are only available as links - you may add these to your DVD request (still select up to 8 DVDs + Standing Rock links)
- DVDs mailed to you the week of April 8 for previewing via courier or Canada Post Express
- DVDs must be returned via Canada Post regular mail, postmarked May 8

Education packages for each film will be available in April


IMPORTANT INFO

Viewing with students

  • Films are sent in advance for teachers preview
  • Viewing with students MUST occur from April 23 to May 7 ONLY
  • Individual class viewings or multiple classes in the library
  • All films must be viewed with teacher supervision

Film content notice

For this Docs For Schools program, films are not rated. We know that each teacher has their own style of teaching, the maturity level of students differs, and school admin and community standards differ.


Because of this we supply you with a variety of links, along with the education package, to help you learn more about the films you are selecting. You will find this info in each film description below.


Periodically, we will suggest a film is geared to certain grade levels. Teachers receive the films in advance to preview and, if the content is deemed inappropriate after viewing, you are free to not show the film.

Posters

Image of poster - Hot Docs logo and latern on yellow background For each film requested, teachers will receive a 12x19-inch Docs For Schools In-School Festival poster (i.e. 5 films booked = 5 posters). There is blank space at the bottom of each poster to note screening info (i.e. film name, school location and time) before placing posters around the school.

Vivian Maier2

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

  • USA
  • 83
  • STC
    Directors:
  • John Maloof
  • Charlie Siskel

CC Option

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology & Sociology
  • English
  • Family Studies
  • Integrated Arts
  • Media Studies
  • Visual Arts

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished street photographers.

Film Website

Inventing Tomorrow 2

INVENTING TOMORROW

  • USA
  • 52
  • STC
    Director:
  • Laura Nix

In English, Spanish & Indonesian, with English subtitles.

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Careers
  • Civics
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Geography
  • Science

With the planet facing multiple environmental threats, brilliant young minds from around the world are working on innovative solutions to stave off crises in their communities. The brightest of these students have one destination in mind to showcase their work: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science competition. These students represent the hope and ingenuity of a burgeoning generation; winning the competition may be their immediate goal, but changing the world for the better is the ultimate prize.

Film Website

Kusama Infinity 2

KUSAMA: INFINITY

  • USA
  • 76
  • STC
    Director:
  • Heather Lenz

Recommended for high school; In English, Japanese with subtitles; CC Option

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Business Studies
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Visual Arts

Exploring artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s and concluding with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world. A rival of Andy Warhol, Kusama battled sexism and racism in America while her hallucinations of polka dots eventually led her to the Tokyo mental institution. Without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art.

Film Website

Nellie Bly Makes The News

NELLIE BLY MAKES THE NEWS

  • USA
  • 23
  • STC
    Director:
  • Penny Lane
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Gender Studies
  • Media Studies

An animated documentary about the legendary journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote. The film also examines the boundaries between reporting and storytelling.

Film Website

Soul On Ice 1

SOUL ON ICE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

  • Canada
  • 69
  • STC
    Director:
  • Damon Kwame Mason
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology
  • Civics
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Family Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy

A doc that presents and retells the virtually unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport - exciting to watch but played by one kind of player. Soul On Ice presents the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own.

Film Website

Dfs Soundtrack For A Revolution

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION

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

Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists; archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. Music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights. This film celebrates the vitality of this music.

Staging Post

THE STAGING POST

  • Australia
  • 62
  • STC
    Director:
  • Jolyon Hoff

In English, Hazaghi, Indonesian, with English subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Politics
  • Social Sciences
  • World Issues

The film follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim who were sent to Indonesia after trying to reach Australia via boat. Australia had a policy of refusing refugees arriving via sea to reach land in Australia. They were forced to the islands of Manus and Nauru, or to Indonesia where they could spend many years waiting in limbo to find refuge in other countries. Dealing with their realities, Muzafar and Khadim, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution. The Staging Post is about friendship, connection and the power of community.

Film Website

Standing Rock Part1

STANDING ROCK PT. 1: SACRED WATER

  • USA
  • 44
  • STC
    Director:
  • Michelle Latimer

ONLINE LINK ONLY

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • History
  • Native Studies
  • Politics
  • Social Sciences

The people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North and South Dakota fight to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland.

Standing Rock Part2

STANDING ROCK PT. 2: RED POWER

  • USA
  • 44
  • STC
    Director:
  • Michelle Latimer

ONLINE LINK ONLY

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • History
  • Native Studies
  • Politics
  • Social Sciences

Over 5,000 Red Power warriors have descended on Standing Rock camp to stand in solidarity and protect tribal burial sites from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Turning Tables

TURNING TABLES

  • Canada
  • 16
  • STC
    Director:
  • Chrisann Hessing
    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Music
  • Native Studies

Pow wow techno pioneer Joshua DePerry, a.k.a. Classic Roots, uniquely integrates the sounds of his Anishinaabe heritage with electronic and house music. Redefining what it means to be urban and Indigenous, he’s preparing to start the next chapter of his life as an artist and educator in the world’s techno capital: Berlin.

Film Website

What Tomorrow Brings 8

WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS

  • USA
  • 52
  • STC
    Director:
  • Beth Murphy

In Dari & English, with English subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • World Cultures
  • World History
  • World Issues
  • World Religions

In a remote village in Afghanistan is an all-female school, founded and led by spirited humanitarian Razia Jan. In a nation where education for young women is difficult to access and the dropout numbers are high, Jan puts literacy at the forefront, encouraging the girls in their pursuit of knowledge, independence and understanding. In the midst of many complications, from the influences of the Taliban to international government forces, Jan’s school for young female students offers optimism for future generations.

Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation

While Im Here

WHILE I'M HERE: THE LEGACY PROJECT

  • STC
    Director:
  • Brent Foster

3 short films, 6 minutes each; English Subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Health
  • Social Sciences
  • World Cultures
  • World Issues

Profiling everyday humans with extraordinary stories, we meet three incredible women in three short docs.

In NALONGO, a retired midwife now runs a clinic out of her own home in rural Uganda.

In THE LAST MAMBABATOK, Apo Whang-Od is considered the world's last Mambabatok (hand-tap tattoo artist). At 99, she is passing on the tradition.

In ENOUGH – The Empowered Women of Korogocho, Kenya, Beatrice teaches other local senior ladies how to defend themselves from sexual attacks which run rampant in the area.

About The Legacy Project

Who Am I

WHO AM I?

  • 31
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Wanuri Kahiu
  • Nick Reding

In Swahili & English, with English subtitles

    Subjects:
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology
  • English
  • Equity, Diversity & Social Justice
  • Family Studies
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • World Cultures

Exploring issues surrounding national identity using games and interviews, the filmmakers ask 8-11 year-olds in two Kenyan primary schools what they understand about discrimination, tribe and religion. How, when they are discriminated themselves, do they feel about their own identity?

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Additional support is provided by The S. M. Blair Family Foundation, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation, Pitblado Family Foundation, The McLean Foundation and through contributions by individual donors.

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