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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


31-60 MINUTES

14 And Muslim

14 and Muslim

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Wendy Rowlands
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    Subjects:
  • Culture
  • Girls
  • Identity
  • Race
  • Social Studies

Meet young Muslim kids as they transition from private, Islamic elementary school to public high school, capturing what it means to be young, Muslim and growing up in the West at this unsettling time in modern history. Through their wide eyes, we begin to understand the dilemmas facing them. As they take us on their journey revealing fears, anxieties, hopes and dreams, their story moves from the familiar to the strange, and unfolds against a larger backdrop, that of a western world that seems to be increasingly turning against them.

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Netflix Abstract Art Of Design

ABSTRACT: The Art of Design (Netflix series)

    Subjects:
  • Art
  • Design
  • Biography
  • Photography
  • Theatre

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life. An original Netflix documentary series. (Season One | 8 episodes below)

Abstract: The Art of Design takes you beyond blueprints into the art, science, and philosophy of design. The series goes inside the minds of the world’s greatest designers, showcasing the most inspiring visionaries from a variety of disciplines whose work shapes our culture and future. Netflix

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Christoph Niemann: Illustration
D: Morgan Neville | 2017 | 47 min
From New Yorker covers to Instagram sketches, illustrator Christoph Niemann plays with abstraction and interactivity—and questions authenticity. WATCH NOW

Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design
D: Brian Oakes | 2017 | 42 min
Tinker Hatfield’s background in architecture and athletics sparked his game-changing shoe designs for Nike, including the iconic Air Jordan series. WATCH NOW

Es Devlin: Stage Design
D: Brian Oakes| 2017 | 42 min
Stage designer Es Devlin crafts sets for concerts, operas, plays and runway shows using light, film, sculpture—and even rain. WATCH NOW

Bjarke Ingels: Architecture
D: Morgan Neville | 2017 | 44 min
Architect Bjarke Engels unites function, fantsy and sustainability in "pragmatic utopian" design like a clean power plant topped with a ski slope. WATCH NOW

Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design
D: E. Chai Vasarhelyi | 2017 | 48 min
Ralph Gilles is Global Head of Design for Fiat Chrysler. His award-winning designs have steered the brand into the future with a sleek, new, sports cars and a self-driving electric van. Originally from Canada, Gilles joined Chrysler in 1992 and was promoted to his current role in 2015. WATCH NOW

Paula Scher: Graphic Design
D: Richard Press | 2017 | 41 mins
Paula Scher paints with words as an American graphic designer, artist, and educator. For more than three decades she has been at the forefront of graphic design and developed identities for esteemed institutions such as The Public Theater in NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Target, Bloomberg, and Microsoft. She joined the firm of Pentagram in 1991 as its first female principal and continues to develop iconic brands and institutions. WATCH NOW

Platon: Photography
D: Richard Press | 2017 | 43 min
Platon’s fearless portraits capture the soul of world leaders and ordinary people. A shoot with General Colin Powell provides a window into his process. WATCH NOW

Ilse Crawford: Interior Design
D: Sarnia Roma | 2017 | 42 mins
Interior designer Ilse Crawford creates spaces and objects that engage the sense and promote well- being, from high-end hotels to IKEA furniture. As founder of Studioilse, she brings her philosophy to life, along with her multidisciplinary team, by designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behavior and actions in everyday life. WATCH NOW

Ss Angry Inuk

Angry Inuk

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

In Inuktitut & English, with subtitles; Includes DFS Education Package

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    Subjects:
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Indigenous Cultures & Issues
  • Social Studies

A new generation of Inuit are stepping into the world of activism, taking on animal rights protesters to defend their traditional hunting practices.

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Bee Nation 4

Bee Nation

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Lana Šlezić

Includes DFS Education Package

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    Subjects:
  • Canada
  • Family
  • Identity
  • Indigenous Cultures & Issues
  • Spelling

Bee Nation is about the first-ever province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee in Canada. It follows First Nations children and their families as they work toward competing at the Provincial Bee in Saskatchewan and the National Spelling Bee in Toronto.

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Fashions Dirty Secret 2

Fashion's Dirty Secret

  • UK
  • 58
    Directors:
  • Emeka Onono
  • Executive Producer: Wendy Rattray
  • Producer: Allanah Langstaff

Includes DFS Education Package

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    Subjects:
  • Climate
  • Business
  • Fashion
  • Geography
  • Social Studies

PASSWORD: DFSDirty1
Looking at the social and environmental implications of fast fashion, this film aims to raise awareness of the demands consumers are putting on the planet when they participate in this billion-dollar industry. How toxic chemicals released by the garment industry are polluting waterways that millions of people rely on. We will see the former Aral Sea once one of the largest bodies of fresh water now reduced almost entirely to dust. The doc challenges the viewer to make a difference, starting with their own closet.

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Lander Avro To Apollo

Lander: From Avro to Apollo

  • Canada
  • 32
    Directors:
  • Shelley Ayres
  • Mark Foerster
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    Subjects:
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Science
  • Space

Password: luna
This short film tells the story of Owen Maynard, a Canadian engineer from Sarnia, Ontario who worked on the Avro Arrow design. When Prime Minister Diefenbaker ended the program in 1959 Maynard moved to NASA to work on the early space program. Contributing to the design and engineering of the lunar module, Maynard was recognized as one of the chief engineers in the Apollo program, and was instrumental to the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that landed Neil Armstrong on the moon.

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Lessons In Dissent

Lessons in Dissent: How One Hong Kong Schoolboy Started a Revolution

  • UK, Hong Kong
  • 35
    Director:
  • Matthew Torne

In Catonese with English subtitles

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    Subjects:
  • Activism
  • Politics
  • World Issues
  • Youth

In 2012, schoolboy Joshua Wong became the face of pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong that led him to become one of the leaders in the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.

Joshua attended a Docs For Schools cinema screening for the Netflix doc Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower in 2017, and we are including that education package, which has themes consistent with Lessons in Dissent.

Joshua’s commitment to maintaining the independence of Hong Kong continues today, and with a quick Google search details about his activities can be found.

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Skin Were In

The Skin We're In

  • Canada
  • 44
    Director:
  • Charles Officer

Includes DFS Education Package

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    Subjects:
  • Canada
  • Identity
  • Race
  • Social Studies

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.

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