I wish I had more time! In a dream reality (we won’t even start on the philosophy of that idea) I would show students films and documentaries and make posters and have long discussions. The new spec saw to the demise of that. But just because we cannot show films during lessons doesn’t mean we cannot reference or recommend films that are worth watching.
So here are my recommendations (links to Amazon below):
1. Shawshank Redemption
One of the greatest films of all time and with hugely relevant links to the ideas of hope, freedom, determination and human nature.
2. In Time
Now this might be a surprising choice and whilst the acting and plot line are not brilliant the concept itself is fantastic. Instead of paying with money we pay with time. We spend our whole lives wanting more and more money, yet the one thing we can never get back is time. A film that twists the ideas of what life is really about.
Very clever film that looks into the powers of the mind and what a human being is capable of.
4. Adjustment Bureau
Very clever spin on a lot of philosophical ideas surrounding our free will. Is there a set path or plan? Can we break free of this plan and if so what would happen? Who is controlling the plan and how do the controllers affect our lives?
5. The Purge
Brilliant concept to start an ethical discussion. What would you do if you were not restricted by the law? Are people only ethical because they fear punishment? What happens if that punishment is taken away?
6. Great Debaters
Uplifting film about the struggles of education in Black America in the 1930’s and who doesn’t like a true story!
7. Freedom Writers
One of my all time favourites and always a hit with students! Maybe it is because it is about a passionate yet struggling teacher, or the links to the holocaust, or the feel good factor or knowing that it is also a true story. Whatever the reason I am sure you will enjoy this one.