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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Docs For Schools screenings at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigates human rights abuses around the world, directing their advocacy towards governments, armed groups and businesses to urge change or enforce their laws, policies and practices. To ensure independence, HRW refuses government funding and corporate ties. Partnering with organizations large and small across the globe they work to protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account, bringing justice to their victims.

The HRW Film Festival is screened in more than 20 cities around the world. Docs For Schools is pleased be part of the Toronto component and to offer these daytime screenings exclusively for teachers and students…and as always, seats are FREE.


Questions? Contact Lesley Sparks


Location: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor Street West | Bathurst Subway

In My Blood 1

Thu, Jan 30, 10 AM // IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS

  • Australia
  • 84
  • Maya Newell
  • Collaborating Directors: Dujuan Hoosan, Carol Turner, Megan Hoosan, James Mawson, Margaret Anderson

In English, Aboriginal English, Arrernte, Garrwa (Partial Subtitles)

This film is a rare insight into the world of 10-year-old Dujuan, an Arrernte/Garrwa boy living in Alice Springs who is a child-healer and speaks three languages yet is “failing” in school. Made in collaboration with Dujuan and his family, the film is an illuminating and hopeful look at the plight of Indigenous peoples in Northern Australia, and an examination of how negative educational reinforcement takes a toll on young people everywhere, but especially Indigenous children. (HRWFF)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

Film website

Bellingcat 1


  • Netherlands
  • 88
  • Hans Pool

In English, German, Dutch (subtitles) | Recommended for high school grades

The citizen journalists at use open source investigative tools to test the limits of seemingly ironclad international news stories. Who are the white nationalists leading violent attacks in Charlottesville? Was it a Russian missile that took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? When and where was a Syrian bombing video actually recorded? These “truth seekers” take high risks from their unimposing living rooms, diving headfirst into mountains of dangerous detail to identify culprits, geolocate atrocities and verify accuracy. Determining fact, fiction or fake news means solving mysteries and exposing myths. Go behind the scenes to witness how this volunteer collective became a thorn in the side of governments the world over. Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World lifts the veil on journalism, puts the audience in the anchor’s chair and gives new meaning to the phrase "breaking news." (Hot Docs)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

Film website

Life Without Basketball


  • USA
  • 89
  • Tim O'Donnell

What is it like to be a Muslim female athlete in the world today? Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke records and barriers on her way to become the first Division I basketball player to play wearing a hijab. When a controversial ban on religious headgear ends her chances at playing professionally, she is forced to re-examine her faith and identity as a Muslim American. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir lost her dream of playing professional basketball because of the ban—but now millions of girls in Muslim majority countries can play basketball because of her successful fight to overturn it. (HRWFF)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

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