Film is a powerful way to teach about global peoples and cultures. As part of our global education collection, we are pleased to offer two curriculum guides to help you teach about Iran with film.

Children of Heaven

Children of Heaven is a valuable resource for introducing students to The Islamic Republic of Iran. This contemporary Iranian film, shot in and around Tehran, follows two siblings who must work together to find a creative solution to deal with a missing pair of shoes. It’s a heartwarming film about families, compassion, moral responsibilities and issues of limited resources. Our Children of Heaven curriculum guide features a social studies lesson about the geography and culture of Iran for grades 6-8. This lesson is also available on its own from Share My Lesson. The full curriculum guide also features a country profile of Iran.

Common Sense media rates Children of Heaven as appropriate for ages 10+.  Learn more about teaching with Children of Heaven.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is a powerful global education tool. This stunning documentary follows musicians, artists and storytellers from around the world as they explore the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. The film includes an exploration of the life and work of Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor. After the Iranian Revolution, Kalhor moved to Europe and Canada, and eventually immigrated to the United States. His work reflects both the folk melodies of Kurdish Iran and classical Iranian music. Our curriculum guide for The Music of Strangers features a lesson on the pivotal historic event of the Iranian Revolution, and its lasting effects on Iranian culture.

The Music of Strangers is rated PG-13. Learn more about teaching with The Music of Strangers.

We hope that educators will find these resources helpful for putting Iranian culture, history and current events in context for your classroom discussions.

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