2016-2017 Cinema Classroom Films
Cinema Classroom programs are open to students in 6th-12th grades. The first date for each film is reserved for 6th-8th grades, and the second for 9th-12 grades.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
October 18 & 19 at 10:00am
Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “the world’s ugliest woman.” This inspiring film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TedX talk, and follows her journey from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill. Documentary. Running time: 78 min.
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
December 6 & 7 at 10:00am
Irena Sendler was one of the most remarkable—and most unlikely—heroes of World War II, saving 2500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland. As a social worker, Irena had access to the Warsaw Ghetto, making it possible for her to rescue the daughter of a Jewish friend and safely hide the young girl with a Catholic family. Realizing that thousands of children were still in danger, Irena recruited sympathetic friends and co-workers to smuggle children out and place them in safe homes, farms and convents. Irena was eventually captured by the Gestapo, but even after months of torture, she maintained her silence. Her heroic efforts were honored by a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Drama. Running time: 95 min.
Soundtrack for a Revolution
February 7 & 8 at 10:00am
SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music—the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, riveting archival footage and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Documentary. Running time: 82 min.
March 28 & 29 at 10:00am
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog had been a skeptic about climate change, but that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him. Within months, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. With hauntingly beautiful photography, CHASING ICE depicts a man trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. Documentary. Running time: 74 min.
A Better Life
May 9 & 10 at 10:00am
A BETTER LIFE highlights the struggles of undocumented Latino immigrants in Los Angeles, for whom ordinary problems can easily turn into personal catastrophes and who cannot go to the police or the courts for protection. Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is a Mexican illegal immigrant and veteran Los Angeles day laborer who has trouble connecting with his son, Luis, whose gang-affiliated girlfriend is tempting him to ignore his father’s example of clean living. Carlos buys a truck to begin working as a self-employed man and earn more money, but when it is stolen, his hopes for a more affluent life are dashed. Unable to turn to the police for help, father and son embark on a quest to find the vehicle.
Drama. Running time: 98 min.
All programs are free, but registration is required as space is limited.
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Contact Sarah Pokempner with any questions at 202-966-2149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.