Movies bring people together. That’s why we’ve organized a Movie Month.

We think that the world needs more empathy and compassion, especially right now. And we want to nurture these qualities in ourselves and our communities.

Our hope is that we can create new connections this November, which is a time when people across Canada are bombarded with requests to give. Compassion Canada’s Movie Month is an opportunity for you to sit back, enjoy good stories and join a conversation about compassion.

 

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From a tear-jerking family drama to a breath-stopping look at teens in poverty, there’s something for everyone.

How does it work? We bring you great films, for free! All you have to do is sign up. It’s all online with great content all month long.

Here’s the line-up:

Storm Boy - Official selection of Compassion Canada Movie Month

A scene from the film Storm Boy, which explores stewardship of family and creation.

Storm BoyFriday, November 4 to Thursday, November 10

A tear-jerking family drama that reminds us that “love has wings” and that even difficult struggles can be used for good. 

Synopsis: When Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman, starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he’s forced to remember his childhood and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival. Watch the trailer here.

Starring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush, the film is based on the beloved novel Storm Boy by Colin Thiele. 

Reviews for Families: Common Sense Review | PluggedIn Review 

The Great Gilly Hopkins - Official selection of Compassion Canada Movie Month

A scene from The Great Gilly Hopkins, a film about finding a home and fighting for those you love.

The Great Gilly HopkinsFriday, November 11 to Thursday, November 17

A story that shows us how resilient children are, and how much love, support, forgiveness and guidance are necessary for healthy development. 

Synopsis: 12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins (Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse) finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter (Academy Award winner Kathy Bates). A film about creating and finding family in a messy world. Watch the trailer here.

 Reviews for Families: Common Sense Review | Movie Guide Review

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame St. - Official selection of Compassion Canada's Movie Month

An image from the documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street – a film about breaking barriers and making education accessible.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street – Friday, November 18 to Thursday, November 24

A documentary focused on breaking barriers that get in the way of childhood education. With Muppets and nostalgia. 

Synopsis: Take a stroll down Sesame Street and witness the birth of the most impactful children’s series in TV history. From the iconic furry characters to the songs you know by heart, learn how a gang of visionary creators changed the world. Watch the trailer here.

Reviews for Families: Common Sense Review 

Rocks - official selection for Compassion Canada's Movie Month

A scene from Rocks, a dramatic film about the power of community and friendship.

RocksFriday, November 25 to Thursday, December 1 

A hopeful and sobering film about how desperate life can become for children living in poverty and how support from a loving community is essential. 

Synopsis: A young teenage girl finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother with no choice but to live out on the streets.  Audience Advisory: Mature themes and subject matter. Watch the trailer here.

Reviews for Families: Common Sense Review 

Stay Prayed Up - official selection for Compassion Canada Movie Month

Lena Mae Perry performs with The Branchettes during a special live concert at The Long Branch Disciples Of Christ Church in Newton Grove, North Carolina, 2019. Photo by Aaron Greenhood courtesy of the documentary film Stay Prayed Up.

BONUS FILM – Stay Prayed Up – Tuesday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 30

A documentary about a multi-generational gospel ensemble that shares music and the gospel of love in a way that will inspire you. 

Synopsis: Lena Mae Perry’s electrifying voice may surprise you, but the power of her gospel will never leave you in this lively celebration of a North Carolina gospel crew, their steadfast faith and the songs that get them through. Watch the trailer here.

Reviews for Families: New York Times | The Hollywood Reporter 

We can’t wait to enjoy a month of thought-provoking and inspiring films with you.

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Written by: Compassion Canada