A Voice/An Impact



Activism and reclamation can take many forms. Sometimes it means speaking up; other times it means being silent. One’s impact can be made in a stop-motion animation, in the communion of sacred dance, or a lifetime spent on another continent. It might even be found in a trip to your nana’s house.

Themes: justice, morality, finding your voice, activism, identity

Recommended for grades 4-7

This program screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

Bright Spots

A poetic documentary/portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.


This animated documentary tells the life story of an unhappily domesticated chimpanzee named Lucy, and the extreme sacrifices one woman made to set her free.

Nothing About Moccasins

Rien sur les mocassins

In French and Atikamekw with English subtitles.

Telling a story that can't be told, Eden Mallina Awashish’s inventive documentary reveals the importance of a pair of familial moccasins, and offers a new dimension to understanding heritage. Awashish’s storytelling centers on the idea of cultural loss, and creates a record of the resolve to protect Atikamekw tradition.

Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits

Two Spirit people embody the strength of both female and male spirits, and they were revered by many First Nations. Under Canada's residential school program, Indigenous children were removed from their homes and severely punished for speaking their mother tongue. Subsequently, cultural knowledge and many cultural teachings were lost. Duane Stewart-Grant, from the X̌ à’islak’ala (Haisla) and nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) First Nations, shares his experience of reclaiming culture and language which is a pivotal step in embracing his queer identity.



In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school, and singing in the school's famous choir is her only consolation. Zsofi eventually becomes friends with Liza, and they discover the secret to their choir's success. A pointed comment on the moral bankruptcy of winning at all costs, you’ll be cheering for Sing at the Oscars--it is short-listed for best live-action short!

Where Is Home?

Fourteen-year-old Asad fled from Afghanistan seeking the security he deserves. The flags of every country he has temporarily lived in as a migrant are peeled off of his body using stop-motion animation.