Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form: Lesson Plan & Film

Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form: Lesson Plan & Film

Flamenco is an art form rooted in the Spanish culture for generations. Today, flamenco is popular all over the world and is taught in many countries. Set in Seville, Spain, this short film follows a day in the life of flamenco guitarist Juan Ramírez. Through his eyes, we experience Soleá—the mother of flamenco—and Juan's unusual journey to master his craft.
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Freedom to Change: Lesson Plan & Film

Freedom to Change: Lesson Plan & Film

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men's prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation. Path of Freedom follows former inmate Fleet Maull as he visits prison to share his strategies for surviving on the inside. The film offers a rare glimpse into the inner lives of men reaching for forgiveness, inner peace and freedom behind bars.
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Protecting Wilderness: Lesson Plan & Film

Protecting Wilderness: Lesson Plan & Film

In this lesson, students watch a 14-minute film, "Among Giants," by Rainhouse Cinema, about an environmental activist who risks injury and incarceration to protect an ancient redwood grove in California. In this lesson, students discuss the film and participate in classroom dialogues, exploring themes such as courage, empathy toward nature, and environmental justice. They will analyze the effectiveness of digital media and the choices made by the activist. Reflective writing prompts are also offered for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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Clowning Around: Lesson Plan & Film

Clowning Around: Lesson Plan & Film

The clown is an entertainer, an integral social figure across cultures for centuries. Clowns can characterize society and provide a comedic way of viewing the world. Laugh Clown Laugh offers a portrait of Berlin based clown Reinhard "Filou" Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. For him, there is truly more to being a clown than laughter.
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Deconstructing Consumerism: Lesson Plan & Film

Deconstructing Consumerism: Lesson Plan & Film

Increased global consumerism has vast environmental, economic, and social repercussions. Thought leaders across the globe investigate the unsustainable cultural values at the root of modern consumption. What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, where do we find solutions that can help us build the future that serves us all? This 25-minute Global Oneness Project film retrospective asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves, and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.
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What does it mean to be resilient? Lesson Plan & Film

What does it mean to be resilient? Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch a short film, Everything is Incredible by Tyler Bastian, which tells the story of a Honduran man paralyzed from childhood polio and his fantastical commitment to creating a helicopter out of used and abandoned materials. In this lesson students explore the foundations of resilience and are encouraged to identify a source of creativity and perseverance resistant to the criticism of others. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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The Nature of Happiness: Lesson Plan & Film

The Nature of Happiness: Lesson Plan & Film

In this lesson, students watch the short film, "Mr. Happy Man" by Matt Morris, which documents the life of 88-year-old Johnny Barnes, whose intention is to help others be happy. Barnes spends six hours a day at a traffic intersection in the capital city of Hamilton, sharing positive affirmations to passers-by. In classroom discussion, students examine the nature of happiness in their own lives, whether happiness is a choice, and if – and how - happiness can be shared. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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Building a Community of Trust: Lesson Plan & Film

Building a Community of Trust: Lesson Plan & Film

Youth are kept on the margins of society in urban areas where violence and gang activity is high. Organizations and individuals who focus on community youth development and conflict resolution can transform violence into peace. Set in Guayaquil Ecuador, Barrio de Paz tells the story of peace worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo and the city's gang youth, who have left behind a life of crime to come together and provide services to their struggling community. Loved like a mother, Nelsa has helped the gangs channel their need for unity, structure, and love into the power to participate in society. Connections to National Standards Common Core English Language Arts. SL.9-10.1 and SL.11-12.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 [or 11-12] topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Common Core English Language Arts. SL.11-12.1.c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. D2.Geo.5.9-12. Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
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Ancient and Modern Worlds: Lesson Plan & Film

Ancient and Modern Worlds: Lesson Plan & Film

In an age of rising populations and climate change, global food security is a major concern. New farming technologies and market-based agriculture provide one answer while traditional farming practices and natural resource management provide another. A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York, and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.
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Exploring the Creative Process: Lesson Plan & Film

Exploring the Creative Process: Lesson Plan & Film

The creative process is a subject of study across disciplines including the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Creativity is a practical skill for individuals, which can lead to innovation, effective learning, and self-discovery. An intimate portrait of ex-Yugoslavian émigré artist Slobodan Dan Paich, Silent Crescendo follows his daily ritual of creating simple drawings with tea and ink. In response to the modern pace of the art scene, Slobodan has embraced these fluid works of art to express his searching approach.
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Recording a Dying Language: Lesson Plan & Film

Recording a Dying Language: Lesson Plan & Film

At a rapid rate, indigenous languages around the world are becoming endangered. Individuals, linguists, and organizations are developing ways to preserve and rehabilitate native languages and cultures. This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.
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Sports for Social Change: Lesson Plan & Film

Sports for Social Change: Lesson Plan & Film

Sports are used across the globe as a social and educational tool to promote leadership, foster role models, and support teamwork. A community youth sports program in South Africa offers positive life skills and a healthy environment for youth dialogue. Nolusindiso "Titie" Plaatjie knows that soccer can help kids "stay away from things that could destroy their lives" because that's just what it did for her. In A Game for Life, we are taken to the soccer fields in the poor neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where provincial soccer star, "Titie," works with an innovative soccer program to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.
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The Value of Sports: Unifying a Community - Lesson Plan & Film

The Value of Sports: Unifying a Community - Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch a film, "I am Yup’ik" by Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, about a 16-year-old basketball player from the tiny village of Toksook Bay in Alaska. The film explores the power of basketball, which unites the community and creates hope and pride throughout the young team, family members, and the community-at-large. In this lesson, students explore the themes of identity, resilience, and youth awareness and empowerment. In a class discussion, students make a list of the main character’s struggles and challenges and discuss the qualities and characteristics of the Yup’ik culture. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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The Power to Persevere: Lesson Plan & Film

The Power to Persevere: Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch a short film, "Making it in America," by Joris Debeij, about a single mother and Salvadoran immigrant struggling to realize her goals in America. In this lesson, students learn about the sacrifices many immigrants make as they transition to lives in the United States and the perseverance needed to succeed. Students explore the concepts of, "The American Dream," and, "Land of Opportunity," in relation to the immigrant experience as well as to their own lives. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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A Day in the Life: Lesson Plan & Film

A Day in the Life: Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch the short film, "Amar," by Andrew Hinton, which documents a day in the life of a 14-year-old boy in India who applies focus and determination to achieve his goals. In the accompanying lesson, students examine the routines of their own lives and the lives of children around the world, and consider what motivates them throughout their daily tasks. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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Practicing Empathy: Lesson Plan & Film

Practicing Empathy: Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch a 12-minute film, "Wright’s Law," by Zack Conkle, about a unique high school physics teacher and his perspective on life. In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of empathy and what role it plays in their lives. Through classroom discussion, students explore the themes of social and emotional learning and positive role models. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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Living With Less Water: Lesson Plan & Film

Living With Less Water: Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch the short film, "When a Town Runs Dry" by Joris Debeij, which examines the impact of the California drought on residents of Stratford, a small, Central Valley farming town. The Central Valley of California is the country’s most productive agricultural region and has been hard hit by the drought that has affected the western U.S. for the last 15 years. In this lesson, students explore environmental changes in their neighborhoods and towns and discuss the reverberating impacts of drought on human and natural resources. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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Communities on the Threshold of Change: Lesson Plan & Film

Communities on the Threshold of Change: Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch a short film, Santa Cruz del Islote by Luke Lorentzen, about a small, peaceful, island off the coast of Colombia, South America, where life is changing due to diminishing fish stocks and shifting resources. In this lesson, students experience life on this unique island through the eyes of a fisherman and a young schoolboy. Students explore the challenges of living in their own communities and consider personal responses to the inevitability of change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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Resurrecting a Home: Lesson Plan & Film

Resurrecting a Home: Lesson Plan & Film

Students watch a short film, "Minka," by Davina Pardo, about two friends who restore an ancient Japanese farmhouse in the 1970's using traditional building methods. In this lesson, students explore the impacts of traditional building and architectural restoration on individuals' cultural identity, connection to the land, and sense of home. Students also discuss the power of film in storytelling. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
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