Hd Home Dfs

Docs For Schools at Home

As school is out, or more precisely moved into the home, our popular Docs For Schools program is pleased to curate a variety of free, online documentary films for middle and high school–aged students.

The selected films will show our world in inspiring and informative ways. A few resources will accompany the films to assist with ideas for discussion or assignments.

Whether you are a parent/guardian or a teacher using the material, we encourage you to pre-screen the films before sharing with your children or students.

If you have any questions or film recommendations, please contact Education and Youth Programs Manager Lesley Sparks at [email protected].


Video Postcard from Home

DFS asked students to send us a Video Postcard From Home during our COVID-19 quarantine time. We are happy to share 10 of the submissions.

WATCH VIDEO POSTCARDS

The Films

The selection will be updated weekly so check back regularly.

Under 10 min | 11-30 min | 31-60 min | 60+ min


11-30 MINUTES

Deeply Rooted Real

Deeply Rooted

  • Canada
  • 23
    Director:
  • Cazhhmere

Includes DFS Education Package

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Canada
  • History
  • Identity
  • Race

Cazhhmere is a proud Canadian. Her ancestors were among the first black settlers to come to Canada—her family has spent hundreds of years weaving itself into the fabric of our nation. Despite this deep history, Cazhhmere is constantly questioned about where she is originally from.

Learn More

Dimas Game

Dima’s Game

  • Canada
  • 24
    Director:
  • Oussayma Canbarieh

In Arabic with English subtitles

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Accessibility
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Refugees

Imagine having to leave everything you know—a job you love, your community, your home—to start over in an unfamiliar country. Since they left Syria, (arriving in Hamilton, ON as refugees) Dima, her husband and their two children are rebuilding their lives the way many refugees have to —and they're doing it as wheelchair users. In Dima’s Game, we follow Dima's efforts to realize her dream of competing in Para table tennis in the 2020 Paralympic Games, the challenges of she encounters and the supportive community that rises up to help her get there. CBC

Learn More

Fast Horse

Fast Horse

  • Canada
  • 13
    Director:
  • Alexandra Lazarowich
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Canada
  • History
  • Indigenous Cultures & Issues
  • Sport

Welcome to a world of horse racing few will know. The film follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horse racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco. We see Cody take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.

Winner - Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing, Sundance 2019 Winner - Best Documentary Work Short Format, imagineNATIVE 2018

Learn More

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg: Climate Activism and the Youth Movement

  • Canada
  • 19
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Activism
  • Environment
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Youth

Greta Thunberg has been an inspiration for the Docs For Schools environment content this year. Courtesy, of the CBC Curio site, this collection of CBC News stories sums up the impact Greta’s activism has had on the world, and how youth have supported and embraced the climate activism since she began her Friday protests.

Learn More

High Passes

High Passes

  • 21
    Director:
  • Cosima Barzini

Includes English subtitles

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Gender Studies
  • International
  • Sports & Recreation

In the harsh Himalayan winter, a group of young women are taking charge of their future. They are India’s Women’s Ice Hockey Team. There is no government funding, little infrastructure, and the outdoor ice often used is being impacted by climate change, the girls work to attend and compete in The Challenge Cup of Asia.

Learn More

Joes Violin 2

Joe's Violin

  • USA
  • 24
    Director:
  • Kahane Cooperman

Includes Docs For Schools Education Package

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • History
  • Music

In 1946, 23-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold exchanged a carton of cigarettes for a violin at a flea market in Germany. Seventy years later, Joe makes a simple decision about his violin that changes not only his life, but also the life of another young musician. Together, the two of them discover the illuminating power of a single musical instrument.

Learn More

Nancys Workshop 4

Nancy's Workshop

  • Canada
  • 20
    Director:
  • Aïcha Diop

In English and French with English subtitles

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Identity
  • Race
  • Social Studies
  • Youth

One Sunday a month, Nancy Falaise closes the doors of her Montreal hair salon to lead an intimate workshop for young girls of colour struggling with their curly hair. CBC

Learn More

Nellie Bly Makes The News

Nellie Bly Makes the News

  • USA
  • 23
    Director:
  • Penny Lane

Includes DFS Education Package

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Feminism
  • Journalism
  • Social Issues
  • Women & Women's Stories

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.

Learn More

Now Is The Time

Now Is the Time

  • Canada
  • 16
    Director:
  • Christopher Auchter
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Art
  • Canada
  • History
  • Indigenous Cultures & Issues

When he was only 22 years old, world-famous Haida carver Robert Davidson set out on a project of major cultural importance. With the help of his brother, he carved the first new totem pole on the island of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia in almost a century. Through archival footage, animation, and new interviews, Davidson revisits the historic day in August 1969 when the village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the raising of the totem pole and their culture.

Learn More

Open Water

Open Water

  • UK
  • 15
    Director:
  • Dan McDougall

In English with some subtitles

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Politics
  • Environment
  • Identity
  • Social Studies

A glimpse into the lives of three Greenlanders: a hunter, a ship’s captain and a fisherman, individuals whose very existence and heritage is intertwined with the Arctic Ocean. Like many who live in the polar north, their fortunes straddle the extremes of summer and winter. Faced with a drastically changing environment, these seafarers reflect on their past, their present and uncertain future with a complex of emotions. The Guardian

Learn More

Out On A Limb 2

Out on a Limb

  • USA
  • 21
    Director:
  • Jordan Manley
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Art
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Sport

Kai Lin has been drawing and making art for as long as he can remember and now, he’s using design as a means to improve other people’s quality of life. Craig DeMartino lost part of his leg in an accident years ago but didn’t let that stop him from pursuing his passion of rock climbing. In this film, the unlikely pair comes together to design the perfect prosthetic foot to get Craig back on the mountainside. Taking inspiration from nature, this is a story of creative problem solving, resilience, and empowerment.

Learn More

Period End Of Sentence

Period. End of Sentence

  • USA
  • 25
    Director:
  • Rayka Zehtabchi

Includes DFS Education Package

WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Activism
  • Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Health
  • World Issues

In 2019, DFS included Menstrual Man in one of our In-School programs. It was well received, but we are unable to use for our free, online DFS At Home program. However, Netflix has released Period. End of Sentence for free online viewing.

In rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence.

The Pad Project website has education material, and we are also including our Menstrual Man education package as some content will also relate.

Learn More

Portrait Of Pockets 1

Portrait of Pockets

  • Canada
  • 12
    Director:
  • Brina Romanek
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Animals
  • Art
  • Nature
  • Social Studies

Pockets is a capuchin monkey who was originally raised at a home in British Columbia. When the owner could no longer take care, Pockets was moved to the Story Book Farm, a primate sanctuary in Southwestern Ontario. One of the volunteers at the sanctuary introduced Pockets to a canvas and a set of paints, and voila, Pockets Warhol comes to be. Meet Pockets, see his art and learn how his work has saved the sanctuary.

Learn More

Sound Of Gravity

The Sound of Gravity

  • USA
  • 13
    Directors:
  • Sarah Klein
  • Tom Mason
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Science

Albert Einstein had a theory about gravitational waves. A century later, these scientists proved it.

Learn More

Toad People

Toad People

  • Canada
  • 26
    Directors:
  • Isabelle Groc
  • Mike McKinlay
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Animals
  • Community
  • Environment

Every year in early summer, thousands of fingernail-sized juvenile western toads must migrate from the wetlands where they’re born to the forest where they live, in the rural community of Ryder Lake in Chilliwack, BC. The only problem is that there’s a highway running between the two. Members of the community have taken it upon themselves to aid the toadlets make the journey safely, helping to preserve the species against all odds.

Learn More

Water Warriors

Water Warriors

  • USA
  • 22
    Director:
  • Michael Premo
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Canada
  • Environment
  • Geography
  • Indigenous Cultures & Issues
  • Science

In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick to explore for natural gas. The region is known for it forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of warriors, including membersof the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and English-speaking families, set up a series of road blockages to prevent exploration.

Learn More

Zion 1

Zion

  • USA
  • 11
    Director:
  • Floyd Russ
WATCH FULL FILM
    Subjects:
  • Identity
  • Resilience
  • Sport
  • Youth

Zion Clark was born with caudal regression syndrome, a disorder that impacts lower body growth leaving Zion without legs. Since birth, he floated in foster care system, until he met the women who adopted him. With new-found security, he engaged in high school wrestling and his coach who encouraged Zion to believe in his abilities and to fight for what he wants. The encouragement that we all need.

Learn More

Under 10 min | 11-30 min | 31-60 min | 60+ min

Lead Partner

  • Lead Partner

Founding Partner

  • Founding Partner

Exclusive Education Partner

  • Exclusive Education Partner

Supported by

  • Supported by
  • Supported by

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

All >

Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • logo CBC Docs

Presenting Partners

  • Logo Crave 2019
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo telefilm
  • logo tourism_Celebrate-Ontario