Socio-Political Feature Films

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Thursday ; 12pm – 2pm

Term 1 – via Zoom (2 hours); Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)      Workshop Full 

Feature films are an excellent way to highlight current and historical socio-political issues in order to inform and arouse a broad public.  This workshop aims to stimulate thought and discussion through such films.  In the workshop, one participant will present background information on the film (director, actors, awards won, context from which the film arose, production values).  A second participant will present the issues raised in the film and their possible relevance to the contemporary world. Examples of films viewed in 2020-21 are Incendies (2010) and Bicycle Thieves (1949).

During the Fall Term this will be a two-hour Zoom workshop.  Participants will view the film at home using Kanopy, (available, free, through the Toronto Public Library.)  In the Winter Term, if conditions allow for in-person meetings, the co-facilitators, in consultation with participants, will decide between continuing the same format as the Fall Term, or moving to a 12-4 pm format in which the participants would view the films together, followed by discussions. 


Diana Chastain( is a retired Toronto Board teacher and long-time Academy member. She has co-facilitated a critical issues workshop and is a film devotee. She finds group discussion of significant issues stimulating. 

Clare Mian( is a retired teacher (History and French) and administrator at both the elementary and secondary level, and has had a lifelong interest in African and Middle Eastern studies. She is now taking courses at the University of Toronto and is writing on these topics for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 

Margaret Prugovecki( worked for a number of years as a secondary school English teacher, an associate producer on a CBLT Public Affairs program and an administrator of the CBC Talent Resource Centre. As a long-time movie buff with a particular interest in films that examine serious social issues, she looks forward to lively group discussions. 

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