Voices to Hear Back to Docs For Schools Today Afghanistan by Choice D: Alexandria Bombach USA 2016 15 min WATCH NOW More Details This is a doc that Docs For Schools showed in 2017. It was a different time in Afghanistan. Still many struggles and challenges, but for many Afghans there was opportunity to hope and to dream. In August of 2021 when the USA pulled their final troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban quickly took hold of most of the country, including the largest city, Kabul. Today, for the majority of Afghans the hopes and dreams have quickly been snuffed out. To see and hear the words spoken by the film subjects in 2016, and then to know what is presently happening in Afghanistan, especially for girls and women, is heartbreaking. New York Times Magazine: 2021 was the 20th year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The world changed that day, and the NY Times magazine began a project this past summer to document the 20 years of occupation through the eyes of young Afghans. Unfortunately, it was not fully completed due to the sudden US withdrawal and rise of the Taliban, but you do get to meet some of these young Afghans and their thoughts captured just prior to the withdrawal. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez USA 2020 16 min Contains sensitive language WATCH NOW More Details US Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes on sexism and abusive speech to women in this powerful speech given in the US Congress, July 2020. Amanda Gorman USA 2021 6 min WATCH NOW More Details As the United States began a new chapter with the Biden Administration Inauguration on January 20, 2021, the world was introduced to a young spoken word artist who’s reading quickly blanketed social media and we all began to know the name Amanda Gorman. PBS has created a wonderful resource for class use. A Concerto Is a Conversation D: Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers USA 2020 13 min WATCH NOW More Details Nominated in 2021 for an Oscar in the Short Documentary category, a story about virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer, Kris Bowers and his 91 year-old grandfather. On the eve of Bower’s violin concerto world premiere at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, his grandfather asks what is a concerto? The conversation flows to a history of his grandfather’s experiences of growing up black in America. A short, thoughtful doc of memories and history that can still resonate today. Review A Daughter and Her Mother Reconnect Over Chinese Dumplings D: Lina Li Canada 2020 5 min WATCH NOW More Details A warm and recognizable story for many youth today. Filmmaker Lina Li and her mother engage in an intimate conversation about immigration to Canada, misunderstandings, communication barriers, and the taste of home. James Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro D: Raoul Peck USA 2016 93 min WATCH ON TVO More Details In this Oscar-nominated examination of race in America, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions an unfinished memoir by legendary activist and writer James Baldwin. Bringing to life Baldwin's personal account of the assassinations of fellow revolutionaries and friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., I Am Not Your Negro is at once an on-the-ground view of the Civil Rights Movement and a deeply intimate foray into one man's own inner struggle. All too relevant today, this documentary is an incisive societal critique that also has the power to inspire change. Featuring compelling narration by Samuel L. Jackson who brings Baldwin's spellbinding words to life. Jocelyn Bell Burnell: The Silent Pulse of the Universe D: Ben Proudfoot USA 2021 16 min WATCH NOW More Details In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discover, of pulsars. But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked, and although the Nobel prize was given for this discovery, Burnell did not receive. Monica Lewinsky // TED Talk: The Price of Shame USA 2015 22 min WATCH NOW More Details In 1998, say Monica Lewinsky, "I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously." Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our "culture of humiliation," in which online shame equals dollar signs—and demands a different way. Nellie Bly: Nellie Bly Makes the News D: Penny Lane USA 2018 23 min WATCH NOW More Details 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. Team Meryland D: Gabriel Gurano USA 2021 27 min WATCH NOW More Details Meet Meryland Gonzalez, a 12 year-old young boxer preparing for one of the biggest fights of her life. Her goal is to reach the Olympics, but to date, her young journey has faced many challenges. You root for Meryland as you meet her family and realize her emotional strength lies in the love and support she receives from her parents, whose focus is on their daughter following her dream.