New Films on CAMPUS

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Discover more than 40 relevant, thought-provoking and uniquely Canadian films for the classroom and library on CAMPUS. Featuring titles for elementary-level, high school and adult audiences, this collection is excellent for raising awareness of today’s most pressing issues and sparking dialogue on everything from human rights in Afghanistan to racial discrimination to the controversies surrounding breast cancer fundraising.

The films on this playlist tie in with diverse subject areas, such as social studies, language arts, citizenship studies, conflict resolution, Canadian and First Nations studies, women’s studies, science and technology, and global issues. Some examine historical events and how they impact us today; others look at important present-day issues, likely to have repercussions on our future.

Educators can work with our companion study guides to build lesson plans around the films and develop students’ critical thinking and research skills. Becoming more informed about what’s happening around them—at home and abroad—will better equip students to act as global citizens, playing their part in shaping society and protecting those more vulnerable as well as acting as stewards for the environment.

Audiences and individual borrowers at public libraries can use the films to deepen their knowledge of contemporary issues, perhaps taking what they have learned as a springboard for making change on a personal or societal level. This is a playlist that inspires discussion and action.

A few suggestions ...

ELEMENTARY
55 Socks
Animation
Conflict & Peace
History
10+
Awards
American Library – ALA 2013 Notable Children’s Videos
Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2012 – Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection
"The film is suitable for younger children as a quick introduction to the Holocaust period—none of the violence or hatred of the period is mentioned—and can be useful to film students." --School Library Journal

Big Mouth
Language Arts & Literature
Social Studies
6+
Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Spring 2013 – Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Discover Science
Science & Technology
10+
26 episodes, 14 min per episode

Waseteg
Animation
Language Arts and Literature
First Nations Studies
8+
Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2012 – Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
Environment and Conservation
First Nations Studies
Science & Technology
13+
Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2012– Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection
“... the combination of personal narrative with a global perspective makes this very valuable for both lessons in the environment and 20th century history”. --School Library Journal

Pink Ribbons Inc.
Economics
Health and Medicine
Media Education
15+
Awards
American Library Association 2013 – Notable Videos for Adults
Video Librarian– Best Documentaries of 2012
Aware Guide Transformational Film– View’s Choice 2012
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Spring 2013– Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

Status Quo
Health and Medicine
Social Issues - Girls & Women
Social Issues - Violence and Abuse
16+

Surviving Progress
Economics
Science & Technology
Social Issues
16+
Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Spring 2013– Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

PUBLIC LIBRAIRIES
Painted Tales
Animation
Language Arts & Literature
5+

Boxing Girls of Kabul
Human Rights & Globalization
Social Issues - Girls & Women
15+
Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2012– Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection
“An eye- opening documentary”. --School Library Journal
“Will grab the attention of audiences in women’s studies and sociology classes...An eye-opening documentary." --School Library Journal

The Van Doos in Afghanistan
Government / Citizenship / Politics
War, Conflict and Peace
15+

Mighty Jerome
African Canadian Studies
Biographies
Healthy Living & Sports
13+
Awards
Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2012– Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection
"Throughout college and his athletic career, Jerome was subjected to the intense discrimination aimed at blacks in the United States and Canada. He and his Caucasian wife were especially targeted...This inspirational film is highly recommended for general audiences."
---Library Journal