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 the generous sponsorship of the Trillium Foundation, we are now able to offer in-school screenings to schools in areas that have been designated as priority by the City of Toronto.