Dare to Care

Dare to Care

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Winner of the " Making a Difference Award - Best Documentary Under 30 minutes " at the Global Community Film Festival - (Toronto 2010)
What kind of young person do we want to produce at the end of a 12-year education? This is the question that leading experts in both education and philosophy are looking to answer.

In a series of interviews with Dr. Wanda Cassidy, Dr. Heesoon Bai and other practicing educators, Dare to Care: Transforming Schools through the Ethics of Care takes a critical and contemplative look at education in the western world.

Have we put relationships at the bottom of the agenda and made test scores and discipline the focuses of our schools? Has a “factory” approach to educating our children created a difficult environment for teachers struggling to keep up with a curriculum-based paradigm? How would an environment based on the ethics of care look and how do we get there?

Dare to Care explores the many challenges that arise when we try to create a more caring school environment and shows the evolution of the western education model. This film empowers the audience to further explore the issues for themselves.

Written and directed by Mike Hawley and Darcy Van Poelgeest, Dare to Care combines High Definition, stock footage and super 8mm film to offer an engaging and artistic educational video.

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Dare to Care, Mike Hawley & Darcy Van Poelgeest, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • producer
    Mike Hawley
    Darcy Van Poelgeest
  • director
    Mike Hawley
    Darcy Van Poelgeest
  • studio interviews
    Peter McCormack
  • photographer
    Mike Hawley
    Darcy Van Poelgeest
  • production manager
    Neil MacDonald
  • co-producer
    Wanda Cassidy
  • associate producer
    Randall Lloyd Okita
  • editor
    Mike Hawley
    Darcy Van Poelgeest
  • music
    Matthew Rogers
  • set designer
    Andy Chambers
  • gaffer
    Terry Kim
  • grip
    Terry Kim
  • location sound
    Mike Hawley
    Darcy Van Poelgeest
  • colour correction
    Mike Hawley
  • sound mix
    Mike Hawley
  • titles
    Peter DeBay
  • graphics
    Peter DeBay
  • makeup
    Jessica Steblyk
  • art assistant
    Eric Cairns
  • production assistant
    Chris Fereirra
  • dialogue transcription
    Natasha Lutz
  • participant
    Heesoon Bai
    Kumari Beck
    Wanda Cassidy
    Heather McAllister
    Kel McDowell
    Sue Montabello
    Joan Parsonson
    Christie Whitley