September | School Syllabus
School is in session! This month’s collection features projects that focus on learning, and the many ways knowledge is shared. Immerse yourself in works that highlight the power of education, take place in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, and showcase the transformative impact of teachers and mentors who provide lifelong lessons.
Some of the projects included in this collection deal with topics that may be distressing. Viewer discretion is advised – please check ratings and warnings on individual selections before engaging.
Director: Roy Kingsley
The documentary follows Sheri, a recent graduate, and her experiences during her high school career. The story examines the importance of diversity in private schools and the challenges that come with being a minority in these institutions.
Creator: Cori Stern
Join the students of Breaker High, a high school on a cruise ship! They experience fun, adventure, love, and heartache, through good times and bad, as they explore the high seas while getting an education.
The Girl Who Hated
Director: Jo Meuris
This animated short about literacy introduces us to Meena, a young girl who hates books even though her parents love to read. Books are everywhere in Meena’s house: in cupboards, drawers, and even piled up on the stairs. Still, she refuses to open even one. But when her cat Max accidentally knocks down a huge stack, pandemonium ensues and nothing is ever the same again.
Creators: Gwenlyn Cumyn & Karen Knox
Two homeschooled 16-year-old intellectuals make a documentary showcasing what home education is really like. The documentary and their friendship take a turn when one enrolls in “real” high school.
Creator: Lido Pimienta
A variety show with a mission: to help people cope with life in a world that sometimes feels like it’s falling apart, filled with hilarious sketches, inspiring interviews, immersive documentaries, surreal animations, and… puppets! At the centre of it all is our host Lido Pimienta, the award-winning Colombian-Canadian musician, artist, and mother whose hilarious, curious, and tender personality drives the action.
Director: William D. MacGillivray
The odyssey of a young Cape Breton woman as she moves to the big city (Halifax) and supports herself after the birth of her illegitimate child by posing for college art classes, on her way to becoming an artist in her own right.
The film will be screened at the Atlantic International Film Festival as a special edition of Academy Talks: Close-Up, presented by Telefilm Canada.
Director: Philippe Falardeau
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who has died unexpectedly and tragically. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
Our People Will Be
Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students develop their abilities and their sense of pride.
Radio Free Roscoe
Creators: Will McRobb & Douglas McRobb
Four hip teens launch their own underground radio station where they can anonymously sound off on important issues without fear of ridicule from their classmates. Each episode gives viewers the chance to sample an eclectic mix of tunes being spun by the young DJs.
Director: Anthony Q. Farrell
Created and executive produced by Anthony Q. Farrell (who also worked on The Office), Shelved is a single-camera comedy that follows the employees and patrons of the underfunded Jameson branch of the Metropolitan Public Library as they go about their lives in their unassuming and extraordinary workplace.
Also available to stream on Crave