Monday, October 24, 2016

Cry Freedom - Social Justice - Apartheid

This was an excellent movie to explore the social justice issue of Apartheid. Our students really enjoyed this one and especially because it was a true story. They were moved by the men and women that were highlighted through this movie. I would certainly recommend this movie for High School students studying social justice issues.

Here are the questions for Cry Freedom.

The Interpreter - Social Justice - Genocide

We met and discussed the movie The Interpreter as a way to tackle the issue of Genocide. This year we are going to be looking at a wide range of both social justice and ethics issues. This first movie was an OK beginning. Some students enjoyed it, others not so much. The students thought that we were diving in a little deeper this year and really liked that! I look forward to a wide range of great movies ahead!

Here are the questions for The Interpreter.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Our last movie of the 2015/16 year was Selma. There was so much to discuss in the film, not only about civil rights but about Martin Luther King as he was portrayed in this movie. 

There is so much power in a film like this for our students. They see how one person can make a difference in the world and change things for the better. I hope that your students will also enjoy Selma.

Here are the questions for Selma.

We have lots more great films lined up for next year as we look at Social Justice issues around the world. I think it is going to be an awesome year for discussion and challenges as our students graduate and move into adulthood. Stay tuned in the fall! Blessings! Natalie

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shadowlands - C.S. Lewis

Shadowlands is such a wonderful movie to learn more about C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy. Such a powerful story of love, caring, grief, transformation and faithfulness. Most of our students hadn't seen this movie before but most have them had read some of C.S. Lewis' books. This I think made the students want to engage more.

 I hope that you will enjoy this movie and explore it through the questions below!

Here are the questions for Shadowlands

Inherit the Wind

Our next great movie that brought about lots of discussion was Inherit the Wind based losely on the Scopes trial. What a great movie for discussion! 

It was wonderful how our students saw this movie and how they could try and understand the complex characters in it. I hope that you will be able to enjoy this movie with your students!

Here are the questions for Inherit the Wind.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Imitation Game

Our next movie was The Imitation Game. This was a challenging movie to look at the concept of heroes and how people are treated despite their contributions to society. Set in WW#2 it was a powerful movie to study for our move through modern history.

It was certainly thought provoking, and well worth watching! The discussion was rich and overall it was a great session.

Here are the Questions to The Imitation Game.

Friday, May 27, 2016

12 Angry Men
Our next movie, a real classic was set in the early 1950's with a jury getting ready to give a verdict. 
It was really a thinking movie with lots to discuss!

We discussed all kinds of topics from capital punishment to reasonable doubt. We discussed our justice system and group decision making in all kinds of areas. This was a rich discussion that was challenging for all. 

Here are the questions for 12 Angry Men.