GREEN SCHOOL TOURS
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The 7th annual Green School Tours will run May and June 2020
Since 1999, Planet in Focus has played a significant role in helping to raise awareness about the state of our planet through the power of film in schools and communities across Canada. Planet in Focus Teachers’ Guides are now available for selected titles. These guides provide background on the topics covered in the films, as well as additional resources like news coverage, helpful videos and websites for further research.
Due to current circumstances, Planet in Focus is now offering the free Green School Tours program to your virtual classrooms! A curated list of environmental films are available online, and include teachers guides or filmmaker Q&A sessions. Fill in the form below to register today:
Step 1: The first 3 schools in each region will receive a free in-school film festival
- Brantford – SOLD OUT
- North Eastern GTA – SOLD OUT
If you do not qualify for a free program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative options.
Step 2: Choose from the list and fill in the form below
Canadian Film Teacher’s Guide available Filmmaker Q&A available
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 1-6
Damon Gameau | Australia | 92 min
Themes: youth action, climate change
Embark on a journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.
Alex and Tyler Mifflin | Canada | 26 min
Themes: water scarcity, social action
Canada is home to over 1 million lakes and one of the largest freshwater supplies in the entire world, but scientists are discovering that these vast freshwater resources, and the ecosystems they support, are increasingly at risk due to the effects of climate change.
Kathryn Jankowski | The Netherlands/Canada | 7 min
Major themes: upcycling, wildlife
This traditionally-made stop motion film is about the ‘Reuse’ of an object beyond its intended purpose and is a celebration of the creativity and ingenuity of local people in developing nations.
Alice in Borneo’s Wonderland
Oliver Deppert | Malaysia | 11 min
Themes: ecosystems, wildlife
Sixteen year old Alice dives through the Looking Glass into the undewater world of Borneo, learning to SCUBA, discovering sharks and finding the ocean wild is not all as it appears at the surface.
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 6-12
Eating Up Easter
Sergio M. Rapu | Rapanui/USA | 77 min
Major themes: Indigenous rights, waste management, tourism
Eating up Easter, directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the dilemma his people are facing. In their own voices, these Rapanui reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amidst rapid development.
The Superfood Chain
Ann Shin | Canada | 55 min
Themes: global/local food systems, industrial/organic farming
The Superfood Chain is a beautiful cinematic documentary that investigates how the superfood industry affects the lives of farming families from Bolivia, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Haida Gwaii.
Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti | Italy | 65 min
Themes: Mass agriculture, food systems
Following each link in the worldwide chain of pork production, from the United States to Brazil, Mozambique, and, ultimately, China, this classic investigative documentary surveys the international consequences of Beijing’s growing demand: enormous soybean monocultures in the Brazilian rainforest; lagoons of hog waste threatening water supplies in North Carolina; Mozambican farmers coerced and displaced.
Judith Helfand | USA | 76 min
Themes: environmental racism, climate change
In COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave — in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week– deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness.