Navalny for the Win
At Journeys in Film, we are committed to educating the next generation to be globally competent and socially active by harnessing the power of film. As such, we create free curriculum guides and discussion guides for films. Last year, we released a 6 Lesson Plans for Summer of Soul. Summer of Soul was the 2022 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature Film. Now, another Oscar winner is coming to Journeys in Film.
Now, we are pleased to announce that we are creating a Discussion Guide and adaptable Community Learning Guide for the powerful political thriller and multi-award winning documentary Navalny. This documentary follows follows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in his quest to identify the men who poisoned him in August 2020.
We are proud that we’re representing the Best Documentary Feature in back-to-back years with Summer of Soul and Navalny and see the value of both films for educational purposes.
Oscar Winners and Nominees in Our Library
Navalny is the latest in the robust Journeys in Film library of films with Oscar recognition. The Post received two nominations: Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Picture in 2018. Our 8-lesson curriculum guide for The Post features a lesson on fake news.
Our Hidden Figures curriculum guide is our most downloaded guide. Hidden Figures received three nominations in 2017. They were Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer).
Bridge of Spies received six nominations. They were Best Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance), Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Sound Mixing. Our Bridge of Spies discussion guide focuses on the Cold War and implications for today.
The beautiful film Whale Rider garnered Keisha Castle Hughes a Best Actress nomination (2004). Our 10-lesson curriculum guide for Whale Rider offers resources on exploring Maori culture as well as math, science, media literacy and more.
Children of Heaven received a Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 1999. It is a relatable, touching film about siblings in Iran. Our Children of Heaven guide features10 lessons and offers opportunities to teach about Iran as well as the science of earthquakes and more.
Big Winner – Schindler’s List
Finally, Schindler’s List, one of the first films we created resources for, dominated the Oscars in 1994. The film received 7 wins and a total of 11 nominations. Wins include: Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction (Set), Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score). Nominations include: Best Actor (Liam Neeson), Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Makeup. Our Schindler’s List curriculum guide features 8 lessons. We are currently updating Lesson 8, a lesson on Antisemitism in the Schindler’s List curriculum guide. That new resource will also be available soon, in addition to the Navalny guide.
More Resources Coming Soon
Additionally, more new resources are coming soon to our website, including guides for Youth V Gov and Unzipped: An Autopsy of Inequality in America. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive notice of our release of free resources for Navalny and these other two powerful documentary films as well as our updated lesson on Antisemitism.
We are so proud of Navalny. We hope you will join us in bringing this important film to your classroom.
Together, let’s bring the power of film to students. It can inspire, engage and educate!
This news piece/update written by Jennifer Fischer.