As a new year begins, we’re excited to share our ten newest film guides with you!

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Our Latest Teaching Resources for Acclaimed Contemporary Films

To start a new year, we’re recapping our ten newest film guides. These acclaimed documentaries and hit feature films shed new light on history, current events, and the important figures and issues of our time. Our free teaching resources can help you put the rapidly-shifting news landscape into context for your students and lead productive discussions on sensitive and sometimes difficult topics.

Joseph Bologue, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, looks confidently at the viewer, wearing a plum-colored 18th century French suit, and holding a violin in his left hand, while in the background nobles of Marie Antoinette's court look on.Chevalier (For Grades 11-12)

Inspired by the incredible true story of France’s first Black classical composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Our Chevalier Discussion Guide sheds new light on the realities of 18th century France and can ignite student interest and engagement in learning more about the French Revolution.

 

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Crip Camp (For High School) 

Crip Camp shares with insight, humor, and joy the experiences of a group of disabled teenagers and their journey to adulthood and activism. Our Crip Camp Curriculum Guide and Discussion Guide delve into this rich and powerful story of disability activism, culture, and history.

 

Francesco (For High School) 

This award-winning documentary provides an intimate introduction to the life and work of an extraordinary man and history-making pontiff, Pope Francis. Explore world religions, globalization, environmental issues, genocide and more through this compelling documentary film plus our Francesco Curriculum Guide. También está disponible en español.

Gabby Giffords, a middle aged white woman with glasses, stands at a memorial for victims of gun violence. Text overal on left reads: Nominated for 2 Critics Choice Awards including Best Documentary Feature. Text bottom right reads: Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down (For Grades 8-12) 

This compelling documentary tells the extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords: her relentless fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011. We’ve created a “Gabby Giffords Discussion Guide and a Learning Guide.” También están disponibles en español.

 

A deep blue-toned photo of Alexey Navalny, a clean-cut middle aged white Russian man in an open collared white shirt and dark blue blazer, He sits at a table with a glass of water, his hands crossed before him, chin tilted down, look up intensely at the viewer. Text on the image says: "Winner: Best political Documentary. Critics Choice Awards. A CNN Film. Navalny. The Most Dangerous Job in the World is Going Against Putin. HBO Max: Now Playing."

Navalny (For High School) 

Navalny unfolds with the pace of a political thriller. This Oscar-winning documentary follows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in his quest to identify the men who poisoned him in a failed assassination attempt. We offer a Discussion Guide and a flexible Learning Guide that features six key learning sections which cover 9 subjects across the curriculum.

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Rebel Hearts (For High School) 

This heart-grabbing documentary chronicles the bold acts of faith, defiance and activism of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart that turned the Church upside-down. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, they challenged the notion of what a nun and a woman were supposed to be. Our Rebel Hearts Curriculum Guide includes a hands-on arts lesson based on the pop art of Sister Mary Corita.

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Schindler’s List Special 30th Anniversary Guide (For High School) 

In 2023, we launched a new improved Schindler’s List Curriculum Guide with a brand new antisemitism lesson to teach with this powerful & inspiring Academy Award-winner.

 

 

Promotional image for the film Summer of Soul featuring a graphic image of a Black man in a blue suit with a guitar. Text overlay reads: Academy Award Winner! Best Documentary Feature. Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul (For Grades 7-12) 

Summer of Soul is a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record—about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Our Summer of Soul Curriculum Guide provides an engaging introduction to major events in Black history—with an award-winning soundtrack.

 

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Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality (For High School) 

This intimate documentary explores the frontline of America’s heated battles over gentrification, lack of affordable housing, and homelessness. UNZIPPED explodes stereotypes and humanizes the lived experiences of people caught in the cross-fire of America’s growing housing divide. Our Unzipped Learning Guide also explores actionable solutions.

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Youth v Gov (For Grades 7-12) 

This compelling climate court case documentary follows 21 courageous youth activists who file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government for their right to a safe climate. Our Youth v Gov Curriculum Guide and Discussion Guide provide context to discuss breaking climate litigation news. Redirect your students’ climate anxiety into action-oriented optimism with these powerful teaching tools.