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Journeys in Film
Educating for Global Understanding

Journeys in Film is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that educates the next generation to be globally competent and socially active by amplifying the storytelling power of film for teaching and learning. 

We transform entertainment media into educational media by designing and publishing cost-free, educational resources for teachers to accompany carefully chosen feature films and documentaries while meeting mandated standards in all core subjects. Selected films are used as springboards for lesson plans in subjects ranging from math, science, language arts, and social studies to specific topics that have become critical for students to learn.

Journeys in Film’s programs engage students in meaningful examinations of human rights, poverty and hunger, stereotyping and racism, environmental issues, global health, immigration, and gender roles.  Our teaching methods are successful in broadening perspectives, teaching for global competency, encouraging empathy, and building new paradigms for best practices in education.  

We also develop discussion guides for films that don’t necessarily lend themselves to academic standards, but cover topics and themes that are valuable for classroom discussions and in other settings, such as after school clubs, community screenings and University classes.

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WE MUST RAISE THIS NEXT GENERATION TO BE
MORE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE, EMPATHETIC
AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIVERSITY
IN THE WORLD IN WHICH THEY LIVE

VISION AND GOALS

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WE TRANSFORM
ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA
INTO EDUCATIONAL
LESSON PLANS

WHAT WE DO

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WE USE VISUAL STORYTELLING AS A TOOL
FOR ENGAGING STUDENTS IN CRITICAL GLOBAL ISSUES
WHILE BUILDING ACADEMIC SKILLS
IN CORE SUBJECTS

METHODOLOGY

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Testimonials

Thank you so incredibly much for your work on the curriculum guides for both THE POST and SCHINDLER’S LIST. Because of Journeys in Film’s meaningful and important work, education begins and continues even after the credits stop rolling. Your curriculum guides allow students across the globe to connect personally to themes such as truth in democracy and fighting antisemitism and xenophobia. I hope that we can continue to work together to provide resources that empower educators to teach these difficult, but necessary topics.

Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker
I am proud to have been an Advisory Board member with Journeys in Film since its inception. They share my commitment to foster social and academic growth by turning powerful films into interdisciplinary lessons that enhance core subjects and teach students to distinguish reality from stereotypes. Teaching with such films fosters understanding and empathy for cultural and racial diversity. My hope is that Black filmmakers will continue to represent ‘our’ history in all its complexity and that Journeys in Film will continue to help teachers bring this rich diversity in their classrooms.

Professor Henry Louis Gates

Director, Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
I have served as Journeys in Film's national spokesperson since its inception, and I clearly believe in its effectiveness as an educational tool for teaching our youth to value, appreciate, and respect the cultural diversity in our world. The powerful use of films as a teaching tool cannot be underestimated, and Journeys in Film has succeeded in creating the first and only film-based curriculum integrated into core academic subjects. I encourage you to participate in the Journeys in Film program either as a student, educator, film studio, or financial supporter.

Liam Neeson

Award-winning Actor, Journeys in Film National Spokesperson

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