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“World Affairs in Foreign Films: Getting the Global Picture” (McFarland Publishing, 2011) is based on Dr. Seret’s “Global Classroom” that she created in the United Nations where students learn about foreign cultures and world events through the medium of film.
The textbook uses 13 award-winning films to introduce students to global concepts.
The films come from different continents and represent important geopolitical areas: Osama (Afghanistan); Persepolis (Iran/France); Water (India); Beijing Bicycle(China); Tokyo Sonata (Japan); Tsotsi (South Africa); Hotel Rwanda (Rwanda); War Dance (Uganda); Central Station (Brazil); March of the Penguin (Antarctica/France); The Counterfeiters (Austria); Pearl (U. S. A., Chickasaw Nation).
Each film catapults discussions in 8 academic subjects: World History, Geography, Economics, Government, World Literature, Media, Creative Writing, Music and Art. The multi-disciplinary pedagogy is innovative and encourages critical thinking and group activities.
There is nothing so visual, so engaging, so true to life as film to transpose students to worlds they’ve never known before.