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Journeys in Film has been a leading force in global education for over a decade. We combine the power of moving and provocative films with the highest quality standards-based lesson plans to inspire and engage students in learning.

Journeys in Film is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is working in partnership with USC’s Rossier School of Education. Rossier’s (ross-EAR) mission is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. USC Rossier leads the way in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes. USC Rossier prides itself on innovation in all its programs, preparing teachers, administrators, and educational leaders who are change agents.

What We Do

1. Select Films. Our team reaches into the global film market to find feature-length, English- and foreign-language narrative and documentary films to engage students in active learning. We look for films that are meaningful and mind-expanding, age-appropriate and provocative. Some of the films tell stories of young people from faraway countries and cultures. They explore issues such as poverty, the plight of refugees, climate change and pandemics.

Some films find their way to us via companies and studios that know our innovative program and want their brand associated with the quality of the educational curriculum and outreach we provide.

2. Develop Curriculum Guides. Using films as springboards for interdisciplinary lesson plans, a team of top-notch educational experts, subject-area specialists and editors come together to develop high quality curricula for teaching core academic subjects. Students move beyond engrossing movie narratives toward deeper learning.

3. Professional Development for Teachers. Educators receive specialized instruction to maximize our prepared curricula and learn how to use film in the classroom in ways that meet core educational standards. We offer one, two and three-day workshop options.

4. Teach Social Awareness and Global Competency. Journeys in Film has selected powerful age-appropriate documentaries and foreign films that offer windows into our world. The films transport students beyond borders and boundaries. They move beyond lectures and textbooks to provide insight, transform preconceptions and prejudices, and foster genuine cultural understanding.

Our film-based curriculum guides walk teachers through lesson plans in math, science, social studies, language arts and media literacy to topics like environmental sustainability, hunger, global health and media literacy.