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Docs For Schools Focus: Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Docs for Schools Focus offers a three-film series for in-school viewing that explores the theme: Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In the Name of All Canadians is a compilation of six short docs showcasing the Charter at play in our society. Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr and The Skin We’re In depict significant and major news events.

The films will generate discussion and debate, generating a new and deeper understanding of the role Canada’s Charter plays in the lives of all Canadians.


  • FREE for grades 7-12 in Ontario
  • Available for one-week period, not consecutive one-week slots, October 10, 2017 to January 19, 2018
  • DVD will arrive the Friday before your requested week
  • At the end of the week, DVD is returned to Hot Docs using the provided pre-addressed envelope
  • Your only cost is the stamp to return
  • An education package will be available for each film


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  • Canada
  • 88
  • STC
  • Vivian Belik
  • Karen Chapman
  • Ariel Nasr & Aisha Jamal
  • Khoa Lê
  • Patrick Reed & Andréa Schmidt
  • Jérémie Wookey & Annick Marion

Available in English now. French available early November.

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial “notwithstanding clause,” participating filmmakers take the Charter’s key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.

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Guantanamo Child Omar Khadr


  • Canada
  • 48
  • STC
  • Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard

Omar Khadr: child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? The 28-year-old Canadian has been a polarizing figure since he was 15. This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the centre of one of the first US war crimes trial since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s. Khadr is the only juvenile ever tried for war crimes. Guantanamo’s Child gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera, for the first time. Based in part on Michelle Shephard’s authoritative book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary takes us from his childhood travelling between a Canadian suburb and Peshawar at the height of the jihad against the Soviets, to Afghanistan and the homes of Al Qaeda’s elite, into the notorious US prisons at Bagram and Guantanamo Bay and back again to Canada. Finally, his story, in his own words.

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Skin Were In


  • Canada
  • 44
  • STC
  • Charles Officer

Urgent, controversial, and undeniably honest, the film The Skin We’re In is a wake-up call to complacent Canadians. Racism is here. It is everywhere. We follow Desmond Cole as he researches his hotly anticipated book and as he pulls back the curtain on race in Canada. 

Many will know Desmond Cole from his 2015 Toronto Life article about police interrogation of black youth.

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Additional support is provided by The Toronto Arts Council, The Andy and Beth Burgess Family Foundation, the Hal Jackman Foundation and through contributions by individual donors.

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