Films - Virtual

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MLK Day and Black History Month Programs


MLK/FBI (Available in February only!)

English

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is regarded as an American hero today, but for much of his life he was considered an enemy of the state and a threat by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement. Based on newly discovered and declassified FBI files, and featuring revelatory restored footage of King, director Sam Pollard deftly explores the history of the U.S. government’s targeting of black activists in this rich, archival tapestry. As the film reveals the extent to which the FBI surveilled and harassed Dr. King, it challenges the very meaning of some of our most cherished American ideals. Screening this film will be accompanied by a virtual Q&A with director Sam Pollard.

Recommended for grades 9-12.

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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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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


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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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 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

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

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

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