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Holocaust Films


Holocaust Short Film Program

English, German, and French, with English subtitles

This program of short films has been specially curated to introduce students to little known stories of the Holocaust, international film, and different filmmaking techniques. The selection includes documentary, narrative, and animated films. These films humanize the history that may focus on dates and numbers. These short films are easily adapted to classroom screenings and at-home viewing due to their individual lengths of 7-25 minutes, but may also be presented as a 90 minute program.

Recommended for grades 7-12.

Sub-themes: the power of one person to make a change, coping with adversity, response to evil, resistance, survival, effects of trauma

The Crossing

Norwegian, with English subtitles

This docudrama is based on a true story of 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance during World War II. After Gerda and Otto’s parents are arrested, the siblings are put in the position of helping two Jewish children flee from the Nazis into Sweden. This feature film is 100 minutes.

Recommended for grades 6-8.

Sub-themes: courage, resistance, friendship, bystanders versus upstanders, coming of age

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Fanny's Journey

French, with English subtitles

Thirteen-year-old Fanny grows up fast as she is forced to parent a group of younger children on the run from the Nazis. This beautifully shot, heartfelt film highlights a young person’s resolve, bravery, and compassion in the face of great risk.

Recommended for grades 6-12.

Sub-themes: courage, resistance, friendship, bystanders versus upstanders, coming of age, survival

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Inside Hana's Suitcase

Czech, English, And Japanese, with English subtitles

The arrival of Hana Brady’s battered suitcase to the Holocaust Museum in Tokyo prompts the director and her students to uncover the details of Hana’s life. As small children, Hana and her brother, George, were sent to Theresienstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. Children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic, along with George Brady, who survived the Holocaust, describe Hana’s story, creating a film of astonishing power and hope. This feature film is 60 minutes.

Recommended for grades 6-8.

Sub-themes: children and children’s rights during the Holocaust, Japanese culture, persistence, teamwork, tolerance

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

German, Swiss German, French, with English Subtitles

Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Judith Kerr, this film tells the story of Anna, whose life suddenly becomes dangerous in 1933. When her father goes missing one day, Anna realizes everything in Europe will change, beginning with her home and family. She, along with her mother and brother, must quickly move first to Switzerland, then to France, to be with her father, a prominent writer who opposes Hitler. From then on, Anna encounters life as a refugee, not speaking the language, not knowing the customs, missing friends and loved ones, and facing xenophobia, poverty, and hunger. This is a story of resilience of body and spirit and of family.

Recommended for grades 7-12.

Sub-themes: refugees, survival, coming of age, coping with adversity, responsibility


Genocide Films


Genocide: Stories of Survival, Resilience, and Reconciliation

English

Genocide has occurred throughout history and continues today. These short films present genocide in terms of the human cost, begging the questions, who determines who will live and who must die and how can we stop the atrocities. These short films are easily adapted to classroom screening and at-home viewing due to their individual lengths of 7-29 minutes, but may also be presented as a program of 95 minutes.

Recommended for grades 8-12.

Sub-themes: resourcefulness, struggle for survival, moving past horror


Human Rights/Social Justice/Environmental Justice Films


A Focus on Disabilities

Short Films that Highlight Diversity and Inclusion

English

Included in this short film program are stories of people with physical, intellectual, and mental disabilities. The viewer will understand the obstacles faced by and the resilience of people with disabilities and their communities. These short films are easily adapted to classroom screenings and at-home viewing due to their individual lengths of 3-33 minutes but may also be presented as a program of 90 minutes.

Recommended for grades 8-12.

Sub-themes: accommodations for people with disabilities, acceptance of differences, perseverance, the human condition

Civil Rights Short Film Program

The Black Experience in America

English

We have curated a new program of short films to expose aspects of Black life in the U.S., from the Jim Crow Era through the present. These stories highlight persistence and hope in the face of adversity, while chronicling the unique obstacles faced by Black Americans. These short films are easily adapted to classroom screenings and at-home viewing due to their individual lengths of 7-28 minutes but may also be presented as a program of 110 minutes.

Recommended for grades 6-12.

Sub-themes: racial justice, inequality, systemic racism, overcoming life’s obstacles, hope, persistence

Day of the Western Sunrise

Japanese, with English subtitles

On March 1, 1954, the United States detonated the thermonuclear bomb Castle Bravo in the Pacific Ocean, catching the fishing vessel Lucky Dragon No. 5 in the blast.  In this locally produced film, traditional Japanese animation methods illuminate the story, and Japanese survivors discuss their experience and how it has affected their lives. This feature film is 75 minutes.

Recommended for grades 8-12.

Sub-themes: nuclear proliferation, foreign policy, climate change, generational legacies

Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels

English and other African Languages, with English Subtitles

In 1839 a small group of enslaved Africans rose up and seized their ship (the Amistad), and sailed it from Cuba to Long Island, where they were captured, charged, jailed, and tried by Americans. This was a significant event, as it rallied abolitionists and deepened the national conflict over slavery. This film chronicles a journey to Sierra Leone to visit the home villages of the rebels to explore the African origins of the heroes of the Amistad incident. Screening this film will be accompanied by a virtual visit from the local filmmakers.

Recommended for grades 9-12

Sub-themes: slavery, rebellion, “history from below,” documentary filmmaking

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Inventing Tomorrow

English, Spanish, Indonesian with English subtitles

This film follows young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today—right in their own backyards. These young scientists are preparing original research that they will defend at the International Science and Engineering Fair. More importantly, they are tackling environmental issues that have been left unaddressed by previous generations and will affect them the most. This feature film runs for 87 minutes.

Recommended for grades 8-12.

Sub-themes: environmental justice, climate change, science, activism, youth impact

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Raise Your Voice

English

This film follows student survivors and journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they work to retell the story and the aftermath of their school’s mass shooting. This documentary explores youth free speech history in America (through the story of Mary Beth Tinker of the Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court Case), connecting the Parkland students to a broader story about young voices and their power through social movements. Especially timely now that students are speaking out, marching, and raising their voices in school, in their communities, and on line, Raise Your Voice is a valuable tool to initiate discussions about students’ rights and agency in the world they will inherit. This feature film is 45 minutes.

Recommended for grades 8-12.

Sub-themes: first amendment rights, gun violence and gun control, activism, youth impact

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The Rape of Recy Taylor

English

In 1944, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.

Recommended for grades 9-12.

Sub-themes: women’s history, Jim Crow, survival, resilience

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Refugee Short Film Program

English, Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Arabic, with English subtitles

This program of short films chronicles the refugee experience, from decisions to leave one’s home country, through travel to a final destination, to resettlement. There is an equal focus on refugees from Middle Eastern countries and from Central America. These short films are easily adapted to classroom screening and at-home viewing due to their individual lengths of 9-23 minutes, but may also be presented as a program of 100 minutes.

Recommended for grades 7-12.

Sub-themes: Syrian civil war, world peace, language and education, perseverance, the human condition

Short Films that Recognize Women’s History and Empowerment

English

We have pulled together a slate of short films that highlight the accomplishments of little-known women who have changed or are currently influencing the role of women in sports, the workplace, science, and social change. This is a perfect film program for March—Women’s History Month. Short films are easily adapted to classroom screenings and at-home viewing due to their individual lengths of less than 25 minutes. The full program runs about 109 minutes.

Recommended for grades 6-12.

Sub-themes: women’s history, overcoming gender stereotypes, and women’s empowerment.

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