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Inspirational films

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by helix84, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. I'm a social subjects teacher who has been given responsiblity for a challenging RE class, and have been advised to find some inspirational and relevent films to show them for 10-15mins during the last lesson of each week to give them a reward for improved behaviour and work. I've already got some ideas, but I was wondering if any subject specialists had any films that they swear by. The topics we a covering are: tolerence (religious, racial etc), positive life choices, and charity (helping others and what we will be doing to promote the Christian ethos of love thy neighbour over the Advent season).
    Cheers.
     
  2. I'm a social subjects teacher who has been given responsiblity for a challenging RE class, and have been advised to find some inspirational and relevent films to show them for 10-15mins during the last lesson of each week to give them a reward for improved behaviour and work. I've already got some ideas, but I was wondering if any subject specialists had any films that they swear by. The topics we a covering are: tolerence (religious, racial etc), positive life choices, and charity (helping others and what we will be doing to promote the Christian ethos of love thy neighbour over the Advent season).
    Cheers.
     
  3. Cross and the Switchblade - the story of Nicky Cruz.
    Remember the Titans - racial tolerance
    Just two for you!
     
  4. the Sidney Poitier film - In The Heat of the Night (racism)
    Malcolm X - the end of the film after his visit to Mecca for tolerance and changing your way (might be more relevant to Islam as he was Muslim, but still relevant for generic ideas about tolerance)
     
  5. The boy in the striped pyjamas covers quite a lot of those themes - religious and non religious discrimination in the Holocaust, how the other boy helped the Jewish captive one etc - also a real tear jerker - might 'break' them and help them to realise the value of what they are doing.
     
  6. Great! Thank you so much!
     
  7. Cool Runnings - about the Jamacian bobsleigh team, covers prejudice, intolerance, and perserverance.

    Pay It Forward - really gets my kids thinking about how they could 'change the world' and has a real twist at the end.

    Also, look up "A life without limbs" on Youtube, or just google it. Very powerful, we used it in an assembly a couple of weeks ago and the kids are still talking about it now.
     
  8. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    What year/age/ability/group size is this class?
    All the films suggested are great but how would you show them in 10 or 15 mins at the end of the lesson? Would you just show a brief episode each week or select a dramatic section and the next week use a different part?
    There are some good TV programmes you may be able to video and use, too. A recent one I like is from BBC3 I think - about troubled teenagers who are out of control at home and who go to stay with a 'strict' family for a week. In the episode I watched, two youngsters went to stay with a family in America. The girl was 16 and into drugs and partying. The boy was 19 and would soon become a dad. The family they stayed with was a gay American couple who have fostered or adopted several children. It covered many important and controversial topics in a very powerful and moving way but would not be suitable for KS3 - or for just showing snippets. Might work in instalments though.
     
  9. S4/14-16/mixed ability/25 students.
    I would be showing them as 15min episodes at the end of each session, so each film would last 4 weeks.
     
  10. A Time to Kill has a big impact when looking at Crime & punishment and racism, one of my favourites is called Saved when dealing with Christian attitudes to homosexuality, abortion, sex before marriage etc.

    I prefer to not bribe the children, rather call it 'stealth learning'!; they do not realise they are taking part in a religious education lesson
     
  11. causabon99

    causabon99 New commenter

    Star Wars: 'use the force Luke!' against D Vader's perversion of it.
    The Witchfinder General - Vincent Price, plenty of kiddy friendly gore, and lashings of dramatised religious intolerance, with big come-uppance for the baddy at the end.
    The Exorcist - Psychological issues (there's a therapy for it...) or genuine external demonic power possessing?
    Rotating heads and spewing, so visually compelling, whilst raising issues of the limitations of choice in life - i.e. it's all very well trying to be nice to each other, but it won't solve the ontological problem of evil.By extrapolation: external evil [governmental] oppression, if you're in a **** situation.
    Billy Elliott - <u>Tolerance</u>: his transexual friend. <u>Conversion</u>: his da comes round to accepting him. <u>Love thy neighbour</u>: the striking miners' solidarity againt capitalist governmental oppression.

    Jesus of Nazareth ?



     
  12. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    great suggestion.
    Have you got Rabbit-Proof Fence on the list? It is a very inspiring and moving film about British policy in Australia - not so very long ago - in the way that Aboriginal people and mixed race children were treated - a story of racism versus the courage and pure detemination, skill and endurance of children - and the bitter suffering that ignorance, racism and cultural arrogance can cause.
     
  13. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    Billy Elliot is now showing as a musical in London - brilliant. How about a joint RE English trip to see it?
     
  14. To be honest I'd be reluctant to take half the kids in my RE class to the front gate of the school, let alone to London, but it's an excellent idea and I'll pass it on the the PT of RE as I think it's something he could really get his teeth into.
    Thanks so much to everyone for their suggestions. Some are really brilliant and I honestly wouldn't have put them into the context of RE without all your help.
    As for The Exorcist... think I might have a tough time selling that to the PTA... [​IMG]
     
  15. www.wingclips.com/
    Bits and bobs are useful.
    'Freedom writers' - perseverence, tolerance, self-belief
     
  16. Hi.
    'Amazing Grace' is brilliant - about William Wilberforce (who was Christian) and his campaign to abolish slavery.
    'Whose Life is it Anyway' Euthanasia- Richard Dreyfuss movie about a man who is paralysed from the neck down and his wish to choose when to die.
    Already been mentioned but Malcolm X is great.Looks at issues like racism, Islam, violence...explains how Malcolm had a complete turn around on some of his views after the Hajj.
    FIT - Stonewall film about homosexuality, homophobia, gender stereotyping, homophobia in sport, bullying, prejudice. This would be ideal as it is 1hr 40 minutes - ish, but it is done in 15 minute 'episodes' that talk you through each individuals story. Went down really well with some of my pupils in 3rd year. (who can also be a tough bunch to please/keep motivated) - This is the one i'd choose - obviously covers ideas about tolerance and respect - every uk school was given a copy for free.


     
  17. Thank you!
     
  18. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Hairspray is good for showing racism.
     
  19. My Sister's Keeper is excellent for medical ethics.
     
  20. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    My name is Khan
    I think watching this film should be a compulsory part of year 11 RE. It's probably too raw for earlier years. It is one of the most inspiring and moving (and at times heartbreaking) films ever made and yet it got almost no mention in the press. Do try to see it. I think you may be able to get it as a free download on Internet
    Story : - Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that complicates socialization. The adult Rizwan marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for suspicious behavior. Following his arrest, he meets Radha, a therapist who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President Obama to clear his name.
     

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