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Cinema Screenings

Throughout the Fall and Winter, cinema screenings will be announced. Be sure you are on the Docs For Schools email list for updates.

Fee: All screenings are free.

Grade levels: Programs are available to Grade 7-12 classes. We allow teachers to determine what content is appropriate to share with their students based on their own teaching methods, their community, and the maturity of their students. Films with mature content will be labeled as such, noting that they are recommended for high school only. Please view any trailers and links posted below each film summary for additional information.

Contact: Lesley Sparks at [email protected] for questions or to be added to receive the DFS email list.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Location: 506 Bloor Street West | Bathurst Subway

Biggest Little Farm


  • USA
  • 91
  • John Chester
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When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny Los Angeles apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice most only dream of: trading in the city hustle to live in harmony with the land. But the couple’s naïve ambition of building a sustainable farm takes a series of wild turns as they come to realize that, to survive, they will have to reach a deeper understanding of the intricacies of nature and of life itself. Filled with breathtaking images of plants and animals, the film is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a beautiful homage to the natural world.

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Wed, Oct 16, 10 AM // MAIDEN

  • USA
  • 97
  • Alex Holmes

In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist? Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. The story of Maiden’s upstart, defiant run at the Whitbread Round the World Race has all the elements of an epic adventure tale—50-foot waves, life and death drama, near-mutiny, thrilling victory—grounded in a perceptive group portrait of a team of courageous young women led by the remarkable, complicated Tracy Edwards. They pioneered the sport of long-distance racing for the women who followed and inspired women in all fields to prove themselves the equal of men.

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Wed, Nov 13, 10 AM // SPECIAL EVENT

DFS will host a special event with film and panel on the topic of plastic recycling. The moderator will be David Common, a host of CBC’s Marketplace and a correspondent for The National. Once all details are confirmed and announced, class bookings will be available.

Tue, Dec 10, 10 AM // TBA

Details will be announced in October

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