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Recommended Film List

Eyes on the Prize
Sins of the Fathers
American History X
A Question of Color
Skin Deep
Unforgivable Blackness: The Life of Boxer Jack Johnson (PBS)
(see also The Birth of a Nation for historical contrast and context)
In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports (1997, New Day Films)
Fire in the Mirrors
Lynchings and American History
Strange Fruit (2003 version, Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol story)
Untold Story of Emmet Till (PBS)
American Experience—The Murder of Emmett Till
Heavens Fall (“Scotsboro Boys” story)
Race Relations
Remember the Titans
The Color of Fear
Two Towns of Jasper
The Ruby Bridges Story
Boyz in the Hood
Twilight: Los Angeles (www.pbs.org/wnet/stageonscreen/twilight/twilight.html)
Echoes of Brown (TC Press) (1954 Brown v. Board of Education 50 years later)
Teacher/Student Relationship
A Lesson Before Dying (HBO) (This film also addresses racism and capital punishment)
Dead Poets Society
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Dangerous Minds (This film also addresses gang violence)
In and Out
Stand and Deliver
Good Will Hunting
To Be and To Have (www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/movies/reviews/n_9205/)
History Boys (Broadway play and film)
Half Nelson
The Ad and the Ego
The Matrix
Advertising and the End of the World
Identity Issues
Europa, Europa
Lone Star
Secrets and Lies
Bad Education
History Boys
Aesthetics/Artists and Culture
The Couple in the Cage (Chicago Art Institute, Coco Fusco)
Pollock (Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner)
Frida (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera)
Basquiat (Jean Michel Basquiat)
De Lovely (Cole Porter)
Bigger Than the Sky
Between Dreams and History (Shimon Attie)
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (Maya Lin and Vietnam Memorial/Civil Rights Memorial)
Before Night Falls
Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides
Nijinsky’s Last Dance
Beethoven’s Hair
Mona Lisa Smile
The Cradle Will Rock
Drugs, Alcohol, Culture, and Youth
Traffic (A Steven Soderbergh film)
Cowboys and Angels
Spin the Bottle
Suicide/Teen Suicide
Jumping off of Bridges
Jim in Bold
Dead Poets Society
Prophetic Voices
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (Southern Poverty Law Center)
Romero (Bishop Oscar Romero)
Stand and Deliver
Motorcycle Diaries (Story of Ernesto Che Guevara)
Nobelity (www.nobelity.org and www.nobelitythemovie.com) (Nobel Prize winners discuss issues)
Religion and Hermeneutics
Dead Sea Scrolls
The Two Mary’s (CNN Special)
Licensed to Kill
A Wideness in God’s Mercy (Soulforce)
Covered Girls (2002 Showtime)
After Jesus (2006 CNN Documentary)
War, Armaments, Resistance, and Violence
Arms for the Poor (Maryknoll)
Fog of War
Weather Underground
Farenheit 911
Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Schindler’s List
Hotel Rwanda
Arlington West
Occupation Dreamland (Falujah, Iraq interviews)
The Cost of War (Patrick Phillips)
Taliban Country
Get Up Stand Up (1960s protest film/music)
Why We Fight
Labor, Workers, Globalization, WTO
Salt of the Earth
The Yes Men (Satire on WTO)
Sebastiao Salgado (Artwork)
The Corporation (See www.thecorporation.com)
On the Waterfront
Ecological Issues
Green (Twobirdfilms.com)
The Unforseen (Laura Dunn and Robert Redford film; Two birdfilms.com)
Trade Secrets (PBS)
Old Man River (Aquarium of the Americas)
Toxic Racism
Erin Brockovich
Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment
A Civil Action
Soylent Green
An Inconvenient Truth (Global climate change narrated by Al Gore)
When Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (A Spike Lee film about Katrina)
School Finances and Structures/Economic Issues
Children in America’s Schools (PBS)
Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Video Recording: The Problems and Promise of America’s Schools
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Capital Punishment/Death Penalty
Dead Man Walking
Paradise Lost I
Paradise Lost II
A Lesson Before Dying (HBO)
The Life of David Gayle
Redemption (With Jamie Foxx)
A Question of Justice
Culture, Religion, and Social Justice
Understanding our Biases and Assumptions
Angels in America (HBO) (6 hour film in two parts)
The Mission
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (4 hour film in two parts)
Twist of Faith
What Would Jesus Buy? (Rev. Billy story)
School Violence/Gangs/Harassment
Bowling for Columbine
Dangerous Minds
Let’s Get Real (Teasing and harassment on campus)
Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying, and Battering
La Haine
American History X
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues
Jim in Bold
Laramie Project (HBO)
It’s Elementary
Gay Youth
In the Life (Gay teen suicide)
Paragraph 175
The Boy from Oz (Broadway musical)
Bent (Nazi concentration camps)
Eating Out
Latter Days
And the Band Played On
Angels in America
Watermellon Woman
Brokeback Mountain
Out of the Past (GLBT history in US)
History Boys
Intersexual/Transgender Issues
Middlesexes: Redefining He and She (www.hbo.com/docs)
No Dumb Questions
Paris Is Burning
Sex Games: Questions of Gender at the Olympics
Boys Don’t Cry
The Face in the Mirror (2006 MSNBC documentary about gender and Dr. John Money)
Gender Issues
Vagina Monologues (HBO)
Necessary Targets
Vera Drake
Covered Girls
Killing Us Softly
Avengers (1960s British TV series)
Heel Talk (Ohio Arts Council)
Billy Elliot
Masculinity Issues
Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis of Masculinity (Media Education ISBN 1-893521-28-1)
Wrestling with Manhood (With Sut Jahlly, 2002)
Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies, and Alcohol (With Jean Kilbourne, 2004)
Good Will Hunting
Women’s Issues (Body Image/Anorexia/Rape)
Killing Us Softly
Recovering Bodies
Slim Hopes
Vagina Monologues
Talk to Her
Children’s Issues (Film/Media)
Mickey Mouse Monopoly
Good v. Evil/Human Nature/Adolescent Development
Lord of the Flies
Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids
Batman Returns
Special Needs Populations
Little Secret (Tell the Truth Films) (HIV positive teens)
Helen Keller (PBS famous Americans series)
Children of a Lesser God
How’s Your News?
Monster Ball
Walking is Overrated
I Have Turrets, But Turrets Does Not Have Me (HBO special, 2005)
Youth Culture and Education
Rent (Play and film)
The Breakfast Club
Pump Up the Volume
Boston Public (US TV series)
Degrassi/Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High (Canadian TV series)
Harold and Maude
North American Historical Analysis
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Lost (6 Parts, PBS)
Earth and the American Dream (www.teachingforchange.org)
Smoke Signals
Curriculum and Classrooms
Off Track (Teachers College press video)
Another Set of Eyes (ASCD video)
Integrating the Curriculum (ASCD video)
Echoes of Brown (TC press on Brown v. Board of Education)
Food/Diet & Health
Super Size Me
The Future of Food: The Truth Behind Genetically Engineered Foods
Fast Food Nation (A Richard Linklater film)
Proleptic Notions of Time
Three Tall Women (Play by Edward Albee)
Dream Analysis and Jungian/Freudian Psychology
Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha: A Jungian Fantasy in Three Movements (A play by Eric Hill)
Banned Books, Civil Liberties, and Censorship
The Outsiders (based on the novel by S. E. Hinton)
All the Pretty Horses
Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties
This Film is Not Yet Rated
Shut Up and Sing! (Dixie Chicks documentary)
Children with Incarcerated Parents
Troop 1500
Pshchosexual Investigations of Relationships/Families/Teachers
American Beauty
Notes on a Scandal
Child Abuse
Nobody Knows (Feature by Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Bad Education (Spanish director Pedro Almodovar)
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (J. T. Leroy film)
Art Installations by Edward and Nancy Kienholz
Doubt (Broadway play)
Stolen Childhoods (A Robin Romano film, Stolenchildhoods.org)
Born Into Brothels (A story of hope for children of prostitutes in India)
Twist of Faith
Bondage (www.bondagethemovie.com) (Youth in Juvenile detention see also www.booksnotbars.com)
Ethnographies in Educational/Sports Contexts
Friday Night Lights
Hoop Dreams
Remember the Titans
Rabbit Proof Fence
Coach Carter
Ethics and Research
Classic Education Films/Hollywood Education Genre
Blackboard Jungle
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Stand and Deliver
To Sir, With Love
Mona Lisa Smile
High School High
Race, Literature, and Sexuality
Brother To Brother (Harlem renaissance)
Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Complexity, Vision Quest
Waking Life
What the Bleep Do We Know?
The Matrix
Cosmos (A Carl Sagan film)
For All Mankind (An Al Rineart film)
American Pragmatists: C. S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey
Great Ideas in Philosophy: Continental Philosophy
The Life of Maxine Greene
Great Ideas of Philosophy: Ethics
Great Ideas of Philosophy: Aesthetics
World Philosophy with Kathleen Higgins (B72 .W67 2001)
Natural Law and Human Nature
Other Inspirational/Activist Themes
My Life as a Dog
Son of Shark
The Blue Kite
Rabbit Proof Fence
Good Night, and Good Luck
Shipping News
Half Nelson