The aim of our multi-disciplinary curriculum is to teach high school students about the world through the medium of global cinema. The screening of each film catapults 8 multidisciplinary lessons which illustrate the country’s position in today’s geo-political world, as well as its history and culture: World History; Geography; Economics; Civics, Citizenship, and Government; World Literature; Creative writing; Media Studies; and Music or Art.
Each chapter contains one film from a country that represents a geographical area and human rights issue and encourages discussion and understanding of the where, what, why, when and how of global concerns. Students are encouraged to work in groups, which preparing them for team interaction in college and the workplace. By using different thought processes for various subjects, students learn how to analyze, synthesize and share their conclusions.
By using a film that engages students visually, they are drawn into the subject in a very easy and friendly way. With the curriculum, the pedagogy is reinforced by providing teachers and students with background information, lessons and activities.
The films we use are:
Tsotsi (South Africa)
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Germany)
Hotel Rwanda (Rwanda)
Central Station (Brazil)
March of the Penguins (Antarctica/France)
Beijing Bicycle (China)
The Counterfeiters (Austria)
Pearl (USA, Chickasaw Nation)
War Dance (Uganda)
Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
Our global program offers high school students an understanding of the world, as well as tools to prepare them for college studies and for the global workplace. We help them understand the cultures of different ethnic groups. We advocate group projects, analytical thinking and critical analysis. We also strive to prepare our students to better understand the global future and become citizens and leaders of our merging world.