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Patty vs. Patty (D: Chris Strikes)

Our annual Focus program offers a selection of documentaries all revolving around a certain theme, available for in-school viewing.

The theme of this year’s program is "The Other Side of the Story." This collection of diverse stories highlights the more personal side of major events and headlines. Exploring misconceptions, motivations and the less publicized details of personal experiences, each film reinforces the importance of pushing past assumptions and the revelations that come when you do.

  • Program runs October 3 – November 18
  • Booking periods are one week long
  • You may book multiple films
  • All films include subtitles or captions
  • Please preview all material before sharing with your class
  • Education packages will be sent at the same time as screening links, during the week before your selected viewing period

Bookings for the 2022 program are closed.

Questions?  CONTACT Elspeth Arbow
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2022 Films

Patty vs. Patty

  • D: Chris Strikes
  • Canada
  • 2022
  • 18 min
Recommended for grades 5-12

Picture a Scientist

  • D: Ian Cheney, Sharon Shattuck
  • USA
  • 2020
  • 56 min
Recommended for grades 7-12

With Drawn Arms

  • D: Glenn Kaino, Afshin Shahidi
  • USA, Mexico
  • 2020
  • 84 min
Recommended for grades 9-12

Content warning: Contains archival footage depicting racism, as well as verbal accounts

You Are Here: A Come From Away Story

  • Produced by M.D.F. Productions Inc.
  • Canada
  • 2018
  • 78 min

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