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Fall/Winter Screenings

Docs For Schools offers engaging learning opportunities throughout the fall and winter with timely film screenings tied to awareness campaigns and other cultural events.

Fee: All screenings are free.
In the case of museum partnerships, the film is free but the optional museum visit has a fee.

Locations - click to jump to screenings in a specific location
- Toronto
- Hamilton
- Ottawa
- Sudbury

Download 2018 Fall Screenings-at-a-Glance & Subject Connections

Grade Levels: We like to leave the determination of appropriate content up you, the teacher as we know the determination of what is appropriate is based on how you teach, your community and the maturity level of your students. The recommended grade levels are based on both content and or/film style. We encourage you to view the trailers, the links and education packages at the bottom of each film blurb. Contact Lesley Sparks at [email protected] if further questions.

Toronto Screenings

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Location: 506 Bloor Street West | Bathurst Subway
Questions? Contact Aashna Thakkar at [email protected].

Cleaners 3

Thu, Oct 11, 10 am | THE CLEANERS

  • Germany, Brazil
  • 88
  • 14A
  • Hans Block
  • Moritz Riesewieck


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with CBC Senior Correspondent, Susan Ormiston.

The images and content on social media are censored based on more relative decisions than one may think. Who is behind what is considered “inappropriate”? Silicon Valley outsources hundreds of anonymous “digital janitors” in Manila who screen tens of thousands of posts while using their often-personal filters to determine what we can and cannot see. In dark rooms and behind computer monitors, their fingers hover over the delete button as they ponder what is more offensive- a naked painting of President Trump, or a photo of a Libyan refugee child who drowned crossing the Mediterranean? From war zone photography to pornography, these ghostly content controllers make decisions about what could have societal psychological impacts, what could cause political destabilization and what could incite terrorism. An eerie story of control and censorship, this powerful film explores the lives of the cleaners and the individuals and organizations who have been negatively impacted by their questionable decisions to delete.

Report Susan Ormiston did for The National: Inside Facebook’s effort to purge troubling content

Film review

Inventing Tomorrow 1

Wed, Oct 17, 10 am | Inventing Tomorrow - FULLY BOOKED

  • USA
  • 87
  • PG
  • Laura Nix

RECOMMENDED: GRADE 7-12 | In English, Spanish & Indonesian (subtitles)

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. Focusing on a small handful of teens representing Hawaii, Indonesia and India, Inventing Tomorrow follows their journeys as they work out the intricate mechanics of their presentations in the lead-up to the 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

Film review

Accountant Of Auschwitz 1

Thu, Nov 8, 10 am | The Accountant of Auschwitz - FULLY BOOKED

  • Canada
  • 80
  • 14A
  • Matthew Shoychet

RECOMMENDED: HIGH SCHOOL | History, Law & Genocide classes

Screening followed by a Q&A with Ontario Crown Attorney Ian Bulmer who has spent time working at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Oskar Gröning, known as the “Accountant of Auschwitz,” was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. When he took the stand in 2015, at the age of 94, his trial made headlines worldwide. The debate around his prosecution is at the centre of this historic yet contemporary look at justice. As survivors travel to Germany to testify, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remain vivid and traumatic. For some, there is no grey area: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit, regardless of his duty to follow orders. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, The Accountant of Auschwitz constructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Film review

No Place To Hide Rehtaeh Parsons


  • Canada
  • 48
  • STC
  • Rama Rau


Screening followed by a panel produced by TDSB high school students Tessa Hill, Sara Escallon, and Frank Hong. Moderated by Farrah Khan. Please note: the discussion (not including the Q&A) will be recorded for Farrah's podcast Pleasure Principle.

When Rehtaeh Parsons was 15 years old, she went to a party that would define her remaining teenage years. She was sexually attacked and had no memory of it, until photographic evidence spread through social media. The resulting humiliation and bullying the Nova Scotia teen received led to her tragic suicide less than two years later. News of her death reverberated worldwide, a stunning demonstration of the power of images and social networks to amplify the extent of rape culture and effects of depression. Now, her parents and those who knew her reassemble the pieces of Parsons’s life in their courageous quest to make accountable the systems that failed to protect her. With the support of Anonymous, an online campaign and public pressure, they forced the Nova Scotian government and RCMP to address the case and bring the perpetrators to justice. Parsons’s story epitomizes the immense capacity of new tools in these nascent years of social networking.

Flare article

Hd18 On Her Shoulders Dfs Laurel

Wed, Dec 5, 10 am | On Her Shoulders - FULLY BOOKED

  • USA
  • 94
  • PG
  • Alexandria Bombach

RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL ONLY | In English, Kurmanji & Arabic (subtitles)

Voted this year’s Scotiabank Docs For Schools Student Choice Award winner, we are pleased to offer a return screening in conjunction with the United Nations International Human Rights Day.

Having seen and experienced the atrocities committed against the Yazidi community in Iraq, Nadia Murad becomes the reluctant but powerful voice of her people in a crusade to get the world to finally pay attention to the genocide taking place. The 23-year-old survived repeated sexual assaults and bore witness to the ruthless murders of her loved ones. Now, her bravery to speak openly is put to the test daily as reporters, politicians and activists push for her to recount her past. As difficult as it is for her to continually revisit her trauma, she powers forward, fighting for justice and the greater good of all those who are suffering in her community. Nadia’s testimonials and speeches command attention and action, showcasing the incredible courage it takes to come forward and speak up in the most difficult of circumstances.

Aga Khan Museum

Location: 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto
Questions? Contact [email protected]


Staging Post

Tue, Oct 23, 10:30 am | THE STAGING POST

  • Australia
  • 62
  • STC
  • Jolyon Hoff

RECOMMENDED GRADES 7-12 | In Dari (English subtitles)


Tahira, also featured in the film, was accepted into Canada and is now living in Toronto with her two children. Tahira will join us for a post-screening Q&A.

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

Afghan Cycles 1

Tue, Dec 4, 10:30 am | AFGHAN CYCLES

  • USA
  • 90
  • 14A
  • Sarah Menzies



Susan B. Anthony once said that the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. Creating a sense of mobility, movement but most importantly freedom, the bicycle has been a revolutionary vehicle for change throughout history. But in Afghanistan, the stakes are much higher for woman who cycle. While not technically illegal, riding a bicycle in Afghanistan is seen by many as a morality crime that could result in imprisonment or even the loss of life for women who dare to defy this belief. This extraordinary film tells the tale of a cycling group in Bamiyan, spearheaded by one woman who teaches girls to ride as a means of independent transportation and freedom and with dreams to compete nationally. Breaking through their often chaotic and painful daily existence, they find peace and independence in the mountainous province of Bamiyan as they cycle towards a changed and more independent culture for the women of Afghanistan.

Film website

Film review

Hamilton Screenings

AGH BMO World Film Festival

Location: Lincoln Alexander Centre |160 King St. East, Hamilton
Questions? Contact [email protected]

To Book: Contact [email protected]
Include your name, email, school, grade(s), subject(s) and number of students. A confirmation email will be sent within one business day.

Anotes Ark 1

Tue, Oct 16, 10 am | ANOTE'S ARK

  • Canada
  • 77
  • PG
  • Matthieu Rytz

RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL; SUITABLE GR 7/8 | In English, Kiribati (subtitles)

Screening followed by a Skype Q&A with director Matthieu Rytz.

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati consists of 33 low-lying isles and atolls. The country is so remote that many islanders hoped its location would keep it immune from global turmoil- but scientific research estimates Kiribati will be completely underwater within this century. Through multiple lenses, Anote’s Ark looks at the climate change predicament facing this unique country. We meet former president Anote Tong, who desperately asks during a speech at the UN Human Rights Council, “Who do we appeal to and turn to for our people to survive?” On a more intimate level, the film tells the story of Sermary, a young mother of three, seeking a new life for her family in New Zealand. Through these two stories, Anote’s Ark balances the personal with the political and presents us with an ambitious and layered film about an undeniable climate change calamity.

Film website

POV review

New York Times review

What Walaa Wants 1

Wed, Oct 17, 10 am | WHAT WALAA WANTS

  • Canada, Denmark
  • 89
  • 14A
  • Christy Garland

RECOMMENDED: HIGH SCHOOL | In Arabic (English subtitles)

For eight years, young Walaa helped raise her siblings while her mother was held as a political prisoner in an Israeli jail. Now that her mother has been released in a much-publicized prisoner swap, Walaa can finally focus on her lifelong dream: joining the Palestinian Security Forces. What makes this dream difficult to attain is that few women make it into the forces. Strong-willed Walaa is her own worst enemy—she breaks the rules of training and struggles with discipline. Shooting over six years, and with unprecedented access to the Palestinian Police Academy, filmmaker Christy Garland observes a spirited young woman yearning to serve her people. Will Walaa successfully tackle her demons and manage to craft a meaningful career for herself?

POV review

Ottawa Screening

Canadian War Museum

Location: 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

To Book: Contact 819-776-7014 or [email protected]

Amal 3

Tue, Nov 20, 10 am | AMAL

  • Lebanon, Egypt, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark
  • 83
  • PG
  • Mohamed Siam

RECOMMENDED: HIGH SCHOOL | In Arabic (English subtitles)

Just 14 at the time of Egypt’s Tahrir Square revolution, Amal bravely took to the streets shouting for change, demanding her voice be heard. We meet her just after her boyfriend is killed and she is violently assaulted by armed police. Scarred by injustice, she doesn’t yet know the political and personal consequences of her early taste of rebellion. As filmmaker Mohamed Siam follows her over the next six years, he chronicles not only an unguarded young girl’s coming of age but a country’s parallel struggle towards freedom. Headstrong and full of anger, Amal lashes out at her less dissident mother, her suffocating friends and the patriarchy that still surrounds her. As the democratic hopes of the revolution begin to wane, she must also face the realities of a girl asserting herself in an Arab police state. Her name literally translating to “hope,” Amal is a young woman undeterred.

Variety review

Sudbury Screening

In partnership with the Sudbury Indie Cinema

To book contact [email protected]
Include your name, email, school, grade(s), subject(s) and number of students. A confirmation email will be sent within one business day.

Dfs Soundtrack For A Revolution


  • USA, France, UK
  • 82
  • PG
  • Bill Guttentag


Screening Location: 154 College Street, Sheridan Auditorium, Sudbury Secondary

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.

Globe and Mail review

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