Doc Day

Thursday, April 23 – 10:00AM & 11:45AM at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Examinations of freedom and identity pulse through stories set in unlikely places: a dog pound in Morocco, the streets of Brazil, and a farm in Nova Scotia. Each documentary is handled with care and empathy for its subject.

Following the screening, there will be a Skype Q&A with the director of Mutts, Halima Ouardiri.

Themes: childhood, identity, issues of migration, treatment of animals, formal approaches to documentary filmmaking

Short film program recommended for grades 5-7

Please look at the advisory for Balakrishna
Note that the following films have subtitles: The Juggler, Mutts

These films are part of the Reel Focus Elementary School Program.

Two chronically ill children speak about the daily challenges associated with their diseases. Sanguine, shows them to be optimistic in what is an apparently difficult situation. This intimate and colourful documentary delivers a rare formal aesthetic using visual representation.

In 1967 a young paperboy befriends an Indian elephant that has been relocated to his small town in Nova Scotia. Balakrishna’s experience in this foreign and freezing environment is documented with loving animation, found footage, and the deep reflection of childhood memory.

This animated documentary is told from the perspective of street performers in Brazil who create an intoxicating and vibrant story through instant human connection and humour. These jugglers bring colour to the often bleak and monotonous big city.

In a refuge in Morocco, time seems to stand still for the 750 stray dogs waiting to be adopted; their lives following a precise, prison-like routine. They groom, they growl, they feed, and relax in the sun. Then the routine happens all over again the next day.

To register your class: Choose a film program and your top 3 workshops, then fill out the form on Reel Focus. If you have any questions, email education[at] 


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