Saturday, February 4, 2017

McFarland, USA - Movies for Learning

McFarland, USA was a great movie to discuss our attitude toward life despite poverty or circumstances. This movie was a great way to look at what makes home and a feeling of belonging. We also were able to talk about labour laws and how we look at work. Though I wouldn't say this was a favourite of the students, we still had a rich discussion. 

Here are the questions for McFarland, USA.

The Emperor's Club - Ethics - Movies for Learning

Our next session in Movies for Learning was The Emperor's Club. There were many ethical dilemmas in this movie and our students took hold and struggled with their own ethical judgement! Following the lives of Mr. Hundert and his students brought ethics to the forefront of how to live life. It was a great discussion time! 

Here are the questions for The Emperor's Club.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Roman Holiday - Ethics - Social Justice - Movies for Learning

Our next few movies will be about ethics - starting with Roman Holiday. This movie was a favourite of many of our students. There were enough ethical struggles in it to make it an interesting discussion and the overall characters and plot made this a winner!

Here are the questions for Roman Holiday.

The Good Lie - Social Justice - Movies for Learning

Our next movie this year based on our theme of Social Justice was The Good Lie. This was a great movie and really was timely based on issues of refugees and immigration. The students had their eyes opened in this movie! 

Zoom is working very well for us this year! It is a great way to meet together! 

Here are the questions for The Good Lie.

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