In alphabetical order:
A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937, USA)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz/William Keighley, 1938, USA)
Au revoir les enfants (Louis Malle, 1987, France/W.Germany)
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985, USA)
Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise, 1991, USA)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948, Italy)
Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000, UK/France)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982, USA) Read more »
Learn about Haiti’s past, present and future in this documentary narrated by Haitian author, Edwidge Danticat.
Independent Lens – Children of Haiti
A stunning, beautiful film, almost a visual essay, about nature, family and father and son bonding. The 73 minute film tells of Mayan man whose relationship with an Italian woman ends but they had a son . She is now living in Rome with her son who is about 5 while the father lives in Mexico. The couple seem to have an amicable relationship, though you do not see them interact. The boy goes to to visit his father and his grandfather, who lives in a hut on stilts or palafittes, in Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico. Many great teaching aspects: father/son relationships, natural vs urban lifestyles, respect for nature, family dynamics.
Like Frontline. these two programs can be seen on PBS on Tuesdays, though not every week. You can watch online or purchase the DVDs. There are great teacher resources and follow-up activities. Independent Lens has an interactive game called World Without Oil.
The wonderful documentary Made In L.A. can be seen on the POV site. click on the images above to go to the sites.
A documentary about two schools struggling to narrow the achievement gap and improve students’ reading.
Available at PBS