Hot Docs for Schools Film Festival

May 2-6, 2016

What's it all about?

The Hot Docs for Schools Film Festival features a set of carefully curated documentaries that are made available to schools free during the week of May 2-6.


St. Joan of Arc's festival will feature the films listed below. Each film includes an Educational Resource package with creative lesson plans and links to curriculum, which may be used as pre and post-viewing activities. While classes from all subject areas are welcome to attend screenings for any of the films, a list of the most relevant subject areas is listed with each film. As well, each screening will feature a moderated discussion before and after the film.


Screenings occur daily in the Lecture Hall (room 117), as listed by film. A ticketing system has been created to allow teachers to release students from their period 1 or 3AB classes to view with their classes from other periods.


Teachers interested in bringing their classes down to attend screenings of any of these films can contact the festival organizer: Kalyna.Bobyk@dpcdsb.org Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited so make your reservation today! :)

All the Time in the World (87 mins)

Monday, May 2nd, 8:30am to Tuesday, May 3rd, 9:45am

Lecture Hall room 117

A family disconnects with the modern world to reconnect with each other by relocating to an isolated cabin in the Yukon, spending nine months without electricity, running water or a trace of technology.

***This screening will take place during Period One over two days***

Subject Areas: English, Science, Family Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies, travelers with school Yukon Trip

Trailer - All the Time in the World

Tomorrow We Disappear (85 mins)

Monday, May 2nd, 11:15am

Lecture Hall room 117

When their neighbourhood is illegally sold to real-estate developers, the magicians, acrobats and puppeteers of Delhi's famed "tinsel slum" use every trick in their arsenal to fight against their own disappearing act.

Subject Areas: Canadian and World Studies, English, Equity and Social Justice, Media Arts, Visual Arts, World Geography, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Religion, Intro to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology

Tomorrow We Disappear Teaser Trailer

Particle Fever (99 mins)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 11:15am

Lecture Hall room 117

In September 2008, physicists all around the world nervously awaited the start of an unprecedented experiment that could potentially explain the origin of all matter. Buried in a 17-mile tunnel beneath the countryside of Switzerland and France, the Large Hadron Collider was designed to smash trillions of protons together to re-create conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang. Particle Fever tells the story of six of the brilliant scientists searching for ultimate “truth” – from the exuberance of the initial start-up of the experiment, through the trauma of a catastrophic accident nine days later, to the dramatic announcement on July 4, 2012 of the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson—the so-called "God Particle."

Subject Areas: English, Science

PARTICLE FEVER - Official Trailer (2014) HD

Lowdown Tracks (86 mins)

Wednesday, May 4th, 11:15am

Lecture Hall room 117

Passion, talent and tragedy combine in the performances of five transient musicians who busk for change on Toronto's streets. Their songs of survival and stories of life on the margins deeply resonate, with help from The Parachute Club's Lorraine Segato.

Subject Areas: Arts, Economics, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Health, Family Studies, Intro to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Politics, Religion, Music

Hot Docs Trailers 2015: LOWDOWN TRACKS

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (74 mins)

Thursday, May 5th, 11:15am

Lecture Hall room 117

Experience the stunning beauty of Haida Gwaii, where Aboriginal rights activists, newcomer ecologists and quirky islanders unite to create a sustainable and healing community -- now at risk from a proposed oil tanker route.

Subject Areas: Art, Science, English, Geography, Politics, Native Studies, Science

2015 Mead Film "Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World" Trailer

We Are Legion (90 mins) ***PENDING APPROVAL***

Friday, May 6th, 11:15am

Lecture Hall room 117

***THIS SELECTION IS PENDING APPROVAL***

Delve inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age, and discover why this powerful force makes corporations and governments nervous.

***reserved for senior grades only, due to some course language

Subject Areas: Civics, English, Geography, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Computers

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists - Trailer