Black Star: The Power of Persuasive Speech
Being able to speak and write persuasively is an important cross-curricular skill. Film can bring the power of speech to life, through an examination of the situations where being able to effectively make yourself heard can effect change.

This resource examines some great real-life orators from history through film, such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Muhammed Ali and Lord Mansfield. It has clear links to the English curriculum for 11-16-year old students and the new GCSE English Language, where the effects of language can be considered, as well as the importance of delivery, gesture and tone. This resource also has cross-curricular relevance to drama, history and PSHE.

Black Star is the British Film Institute’s autumn 2016 celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV taking place nationwide and we’re delighted to be complementing their season with a programme of relevant films that resonate with our audience of 5-19 year olds. Embracing the BFI’s direction of illuminating on-screen talent, the films selected for use in this resource feature contemporary British stars of black heritage as well as actors from the African diaspora and throughout film history that demonstrate a real range and depth of storytelling.


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