NFB and David Suzuki connect “virtually” with thousands of students

Toronto – As many as 12,000 Canadian high school students and their teachers will have real-time access to renowned scientist David Suzuki on November 1 and 2 through a new virtual classroom experience.

The virtual program is being delivered through a partnership between the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the David Suzuki Foundation.

The David Suzuki Virtual Classroom will bring the famous scientist, broadcaster and environmentalist “inside” classrooms across Canada to speak intimately about his experiences and vision for the future of the planet.

The conversation will focus on many of the important themes depicted in Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie. Students will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Suzuki questions about consumption, population, sustainable development, Japanese and Canadian history, science, technology and the future of the planet.

“This partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation is helping the NFB take the next step toward improving the student experience. It is the first time the NFB has been in a position to offer thought-leading expertise and educational content in real time and simultaneously with teachers and students from across Canada,” said Kristine Collins, NFB Manager of National Education programs. “The David Suzuki Virtual Classroom will show how well NFB storytelling can be enhanced by digital technology and utilized by Canadian students.”

The NFB Mediatheque at 150 John Street in Toronto will also host the virtual classroom. Leading up to the virtual event, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie is available to educators and high school students for screenings followed by a facilitated discussion at the NFB Mediatheque in Toronto or the CineRobotheque in Montreal.

In Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, the iconic scientist’s “last lecture” is intercut with emotional scenes that trace his life’s journey, from an internment camp in British Columbia and the swamps of small-town Ontario to a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima and the CBC studios, where for decades he has created his much-loved, award-winning TV show, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.

Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and co-produced by Entertainment One and the National Film Board of Canada, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with the participation of Planet Green.

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