Films – Education

Born into Brothels
Director: Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
Academy Award winning documentary film about youth empowerment and the transformative power of art and education. Includes an accompanying Teaching Guide by Amnesty International.
Time: 85 minutes
Grade Level: middle – high school


Girl Rising
Producer: 
Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin, Holly Gordon
Source: Vulcan Productions, The Documentary Group
Tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries: Sierra Leone,  Haiti,  Ethiopia,  Afghanistan, PeruEgyptNepalIndia and Cambodia. Each written by a writer from that country. Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers to education.
Time: 105 minutes
Grade Level: middle school – adult


Malala Yousafzai addresses the UN Youth Assembly
Producer: 
United Nations
Education activist Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani girl physically attacked by the Taliban for attending school, marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.
Time: 17.40 minutes
Grade Level: middle school – adult


Nine from Little Rock
Director: 
Charles Gugenheim
Academy Award-winning documentary about the the first nine African-American students to attend an all-white Arkansas high school in 1957.
Time: 20 minutes
Grade Level: middle school – adult


Realizing Rights: Changing Lives
Part 1 Part 2
Producer: Sight Savers
Uses the example of Babul, a blind boy supported to attend a mainstream public school to examine the impact of realizing the right to health. Includes lesson plans for the film and a lesson on the right to health
Time: 19 minutes
Grade Level: middle school – adult


Waiting for Superman
Director: Davis Gugenheim
Source: Independent Television Service
Documentary on problems in American public schools, the resistance of teacher’s unions to change, and the rise of charter schools, including the often-painful selection process at charter schools.
Time: 102 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult