DocFest for Schools

The DocFest for Schools program encourages students to engage with current critical issues and to explore new ideas.

There is no charge to attend and admission is limited to pre-registered students, their teachers and chaperons. Contact for more information or to register.

For the 2020 Festival, in partnership with Hot Docs, Docs for Schools and sponsors, CVS Midwest Tape, we are proud to be presenting two amazing critically acclaimed films on The Empire Theatres big screen.

Our feature presentation will be Youth Unstoppable, directed by Slater Jewell-Kemker.

Following our feature presentation, we’re thrilled to also be screening Turning Tables – a widely acclaimed short film, directed by Chrisann Hessing documenting the work and life of powwow techno pioneer Joshua DePerry, a.k.a. Classic Roots.


Youth Unstoppable (An Inconvenient Youth)

Directed by Slater Jewell-Kemker

  • CANADA, 2018
  • 87 min


Youth Unstoppable: My Decade in the Youth Climate Movement (formerly An Inconvenient Youth) captures the vibrant untold story of the global youth climate movement. Decisions made today are shaping the world they will live in, and they are no longer willing to sit idly as the planet is degraded for the short term gain of the older generations. Director Slater Jewell-Kemker has been interviewing celebrities and politicians about the environment since the age of ten, now she is telling the stories of these remarkable young people on the front lines of climate change. The feature documentary also gives life to a thriving online community, already forming, that will continue as a youth focused environmental social network. This is the story of the youth of today fighting for their planet, their future.

Turning Tables

Directed by Chrisann Hessing

  • CANADA, 2018
  • 16 min
  • Indigenous Arts & Culture


Powwow techno pioneer Joshua DePerry, a.k.a. Classic Roots, uniquely integrates the sounds of his Anishinaabe heritage with electronic and house music. TURNING TABLES is an uplifting story of resilience, passion and faith, and ultimately a positive reminder that it is possible to look to the future without losing sight of the past.

In his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Joshua DePerry is known in the Anishinaabe community as a colourful ‘fancy dancer’ who impressively integrates contemporary dance moves at traditional pow wows. In Toronto, he is known as Classic Roots, an up-and-coming music producer and DJ who blends Indigenous sounds with modern techno and house music.

His vibrant and optimistic personality is invigorating, and is particularly effective in First Nations communities, where he often works to encourage creativity and a greater sense of self-confidence in the youth.

While he is deeply rooted in his identity and his community, he is ready to soar to new heights as an artist. He dreams of taking off to Berlin, the techno capital of the world, and prepares to take his career as an educator and entertainer to the next level.