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Bee Nation

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2017 | 12:30 PM

Bee Nation is a Canadian documentary produced and directed by Lana Šlezić. The film follows the inspirational stories of six students in the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada. Through the eyes of students, parents and educators, we learn of the challenges and opportunities awaiting the First Nations students in Saskatchewan as they strive to make it to the National Championships in Toronto, the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

Film Information

Year: 2017
Length: 78 minutes

Curriculum Connection

Social 10

Cast & Credits

Director: Lana Šlezić

UN Goal


Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.



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Jackie Garrow has over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. Jackie was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada from 2009 to 2014 where she drove considerable growth for the Toronto chapter and launched and managed their COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS screening initiative. Jackie has extensive fundraising experience for media-related community development projects and a strong track record of success. She learned the ropes as the Corporate Responsibility Lead at B&R, Development Manager for Skyworks Charitable Foundation, and through her private consultancy for non-profits. Ring Five and Jackie’s new focus as an Impact Producer is a thrilling culmination of her life-long love of documentary film, her commitment to social justice issues and her acquired skills in strategic planning, project management, event planning and fundraising. Recently, she worked as the Impact Producer on Shelley Saywell’s award winning documentary film Lowdown Tracks. Jackie conceptualized and delivered a successful impact campaign for Lowdown Tracks over the course of one and a half years. In a different life, Jackie was an adventure travel guide and a passionate nature photographer. She now lives in Toronto’s Roncesvalles area with her bike fanatic husband and two wonderful kids.