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At their best, documentaries move us with incredible visions and stories from the world around us. Great documentary filmmakers use their craft to tell stories with a personal point-of-view and shared emotional resonance. Documentaries also provide excellent opportunities to learn about our world, and can be used to help educate students across all study areas. In this section, we present Doc Library films with educational resource packages for high school classes.

About this Playlist

Films in this section of the DocLibrary have been selected for their relevance to high-school curriculum programs across Canada.

These docs will engage students with issues of our day; with vital ideas, critical questions and new perspectives outside the mainstream media and school textbook. Programmed with the instrumental assistance of the Hot Docs Teacher Advisory Council, Docs For Schools selections cross multiple curriculum areas, with viable content for grades 7 through 12.

Please use the grid in the link below to match films by subjects and appropriate grade levels.

Subject-Grade Level-Film-Reference Grid

For teachers interested in accessing specially written lesson plans about these films, please click on the “Extras” tab to find downloadable PDFs of lessons plans and other learning materials relevant to each selected film.

These films are presented in conjunction with Hot Docs’ Docs for Schools program, which since launching in 2006, has become a key element of the school calendar each spring, with over one thousand students from across Ontario participating in the program. For more information about Docs for Schools and the festival’s educational programs, please visit the Education & Youth section of the Hot Docs website.

Hot Docs has also created the following "Looking at Documentaries" resources for teachers and educators, providing a basic introduction to the reading, study and evaluation of documentary films.

Why Are Documentaries Worth Watching?
What Types of Documentaries Are There?
How Are Documentaries Different From Fiction?
What Should We Look for in a Documentary?

Selected Films (31)
  1. Tina in Mexico Preview Thumbnail
    Tina in Mexico
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2002
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  2. Skidrow Preview Thumbnail
    Skidrow
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1956
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  3. The Take Preview Thumbnail
    The Take
    • Country:Canada, Argentina
    • Year:2003
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  4. Super Amigos Preview Thumbnail
    Super Amigos
    • Country:Canada, Mexico
    • Year:2007
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  5. Lifelike Preview Thumbnail
    Lifelike
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2005
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  6. Let's All Hate Toronto Preview Thumbnail
    Let's All Hate Toronto
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2007
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  7. If You Love This Planet Preview Thumbnail
    If You Love This Planet
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1982
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  8. The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes Preview Thumbnail
    The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1968
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  9. Daddy Tran: A life in 3-D Preview Thumbnail
    Daddy Tran: A life in 3-D
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2008
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  10. Calling Nate Preview Thumbnail
    Calling Nate
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2003
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  11. Army of One Preview Thumbnail
    Army of One
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2004
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  12. American Fugitive: The Truth about Hassan Preview Thumbnail
    American Fugitive: The Truth about Hassan
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2006
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  13. Our Own Private Bin Laden Preview Thumbnail
    Our Own Private Bin Laden
    • Country:Canada, Switzerland
    • Year:2005
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  14. The Cola Conquest Part One: The Big Sell Preview Thumbnail
    The Cola Conquest Part One: The Big Sell
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1998
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  15. The River Where We Live Preview Thumbnail
    The River Where We Live
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2006
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  16. Actuality: The Art & Life of Allan King Preview Thumbnail
    Actuality: The Art & Life of Allan King
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2006
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  17. The Tunguska Project Preview Thumbnail
    The Tunguska Project
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2005
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  18. World Trade Opera Preview Thumbnail
    World Trade Opera
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2003
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  19. Vendetta Song Preview Thumbnail
    Vendetta Song
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2004
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  20. The Falls Preview Thumbnail
    The Falls
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1991
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  21. Shelter from the Storm Preview Thumbnail
    Shelter from the Storm
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2001
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  22. Nine Preview Thumbnail
    Nine
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1998
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  23. Martyr Street Preview Thumbnail
    Martyr Street
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2006
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  24. The Love Prophet and The Children of God Preview Thumbnail
    The Love Prophet and The Children of God
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1998
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  25. Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel Preview Thumbnail
    Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2007
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  26. Hostages To Justice Preview Thumbnail
    Hostages To Justice
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2000
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  27. The Holier it Gets Preview Thumbnail
    The Holier it Gets
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:1999
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  28. Hide & Seek Preview Thumbnail
    Hide & Seek
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:
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  29. Divorce What I See Preview Thumbnail
    Divorce What I See
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2000
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  30. Canadaville, USA Preview Thumbnail
    Canadaville, USA
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2006
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  31. Breakaway- A Tale of Two Survivors Preview Thumbnail
    Breakaway- A Tale of Two Survivors
    • Country:Canada
    • Year:2001
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