Children Of Heaven

When young Ali accidentally loses the only pair of shoes his little sister Zahra owns, the siblings attempt to hide the bad news from their poverty-stricken father and ill mother. They devise a scheme to share Ali’s own pair of worn sneakers until they can find a new pair of shoes for Zahra. The film showcases both modern and tradition Tehran and portrays a loving family trying to do their best.


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Children of Heaven was featured by Edutopia in a post focused on Globalization and Modernization. Our curriculum guide for the film is also a valuable resource for learning about the history of Iran and putting current events into a broader context. Download the guide below and then read the Edutopia post:

Children of Heaven Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: The Islamic Republic of Iran (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: Viewing Children of Heaven (Media Literacy)
Lesson 3: Understanding Children of Heaven (Language/Visual Literacy)
Lesson 4: Perspectives on Iranian Culture (Film-specific Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 5: My Home is Tehran (Social Studies)
Lesson 6: Film as Storytelling (Media Literacy/Language Arts)
Lesson 7: Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes (General Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 8: Keeping Secrets (Mathematics)
Lesson 9: Iran: The Land of Earthquakes (Science)
Lesson 10: Persian Carpets (Art)

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Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs:

Dark red square with a white 4 in the upper left-hand corner. Quality Education, in white text, beside the number, and a book and pencil, white stencil style, is the focus art on the red background. Magenta background. 10 in the left-hand corner. Reduced Inequalities beside the number. Central image on the magenta background is a not quite complete circle with equal marks inside.

This award-winning film was featured by Edutopia in an article about using film to teach globalization and modernity:

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