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Hot Docs presents Citizen Minutes, a series of short documentaries highlighting ordinary Canadians doing extraordinary things to improve their communities. Meet bold and unlikely changemakers who inspire us to jump in and get involved in civic issues close to our homes and hearts.

Docs For Schools is pleased to present the Citizen Minutes project films to teachers across Canada. At a time when citizen engagement is needed more than ever, through these short docs your students will meet civically minded Canadians making a difference who just might inspire students to engage within their own communities.

While themed around civic engagement, there are many subjects and topics to pull from each film. With a selection of stories as diverse as the communities they represent, there is something for everyone with the Citizen Minutes films, along with an education package for each.

  • Films are available from October 16 to December 15
  • Availability for 2024 will be added in December
  • Online screening links and education packages for each film are sent in the booking confirmation email
  • Screening links become active at 12:00AM ET on October 16, and expire at 11:55PM ET on December 15

Booking for Series 1 and 2 of the Citizen Minutes short films will open on Tuesday, October 10.

 

Series 2

Ancestral Threads

Ancestral Threads

  • D: Sean Stiller
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 12 min
Recommended for Grades 7-12
Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

  • D: Cat Mills
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 8 min
Janelle Niles: Inconvenient

Janelle Niles: Inconvenient

  • D: Kelly Zemnickis, Cass Gardiner
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 9 min
Recommended for Grades 7-12
Loud & Here

Loud & Here

  • D: Josiane Blanc
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 12 min
Mind Check 1-2, 1-2

Mind Check 1-2, 1-2

  • D: Ian Keteku
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 10 min
Rising From the Ashes

Rising From the Ashes

  • D: Sara Ben-Saud
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 11 min
Sisterhood Softball

Sisterhood Softball

  • D: Farhiya Ahmed
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 8 min

Series 1

Body Politics

Body Politics

  • D: Aisha Fairclough
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 8 min
CC - screening with closed captions
Excluded by Design

Excluded by Design

  • D: Simon Madore, Gabriel Tougas
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 3 min
CC - screening with closed captions
The Gift

The Gift

  • D: Rachel Garrick
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 3 min
CC - screening with closed captions
Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map

Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map

  • D: Teresa Alfred
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 7 min
CC - screening with closed captions
Mending a Crack in the Sky

Mending a Crack in the Sky

  • D: Roble Issa, Zach Jama
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 8 min
CC - screening with closed captions
Militant Mother

Militant Mother

  • D: Carmen Pollard
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 8 min
CC - screening with closed captions
Nourrir les Rêves

Nourrir les Rêves

  • D: Kimberley Ann Surin, Aïcha Morin-Balde
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 6 min
In French with English subtitles
Ride Fair

Ride Fair

  • D: Javier Lovera
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 7 min
CC - screening with closed captions


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