FilmMatters, the Foundation’s educational programme, is proudly entering its twelfth year. Offering films free of charge to schools across the GTA, FilmMatters gives teachers a unique opportunity to utilize film as a powerful teaching tool and to engage students in the study of important and relevant issues such as racism, diversity and citizenship.
Whether encouraging them to learn from history or introducing them to inspirational figures who are making a difference in today’s world, FilmMatters seeks to motivate students to become active participants in “tikkun olam,” making the world a better place. The films used in the FilmMatters programme are accompanied with resource packages that teachers can utilise in the classroom both before and after the screening.
FilmMatters has been delivering diversity, anti-racism and active citizenship education through film since 2007. We offer schools the opportunity to attend free screenings of films that deal with issues of cultural, racial and religious diversity.
Our mandate is to build bridges between diverse communities using film as a means of encouraging dialogue. The films chosen for our program can be applied across the curriculum, from English through to History and other Humanities subjects. Each of our screenings is followed by a guest speaker with expertise in the issues raised in the film and teachers are provided with detailed lesson plans to use in their classrooms.
Though our screenings are free to attend, the cost of field trips and the administrative obstacles that they present mean that many schools in the under-serviced areas of the city are unable to take advantage of our in-theatre program. Thanks to a generous sponsorship we will now be able to offer in-school screenings to schools in areas that have been designated as priority by the City of Toronto.
FilmMatters is generously sponsored by: Renette & David Berman