6 Films You Should Watch With Your Students – I


Films are one of the most powerful mediums that exist, especially when it comes to education and information.

Sadly however, films don’t seem to be an integral part of education in India, unless you are studying mass media in college. However, it is time we acknowledged that cinema too can play a big role in educating children, be it giving them a social conscience, teaching them about themes such as love, loss, grief, adulthood, friendship, honesty, sacrifice…the list goes on.

Here is a list of animated films that your students can watch (and so can you.)

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

1. Despicable Me ( For Grades K – 6)

A film about a supervillian Gru, his very adorable minions and the three little girls Margo, Edith and Agnes who sneak their way into his heart, Despicable Me is a great film because it allows the children to see the story from the perspective of a ‘villain’.

In particular, the children will definitely enjoy the antics of the cute Minions and learn all about how people are not always what they seem to be.

Our rating – 4.5/5

Finding_Nemo copy

Finding Nemo

2. Finding Nemo ( For Grades K – 6)

A heartwarming film about an little clownfish named Nemo, who gets kidnapped and the journey his overprotective father Marvin takes to rescue him, Finding Nemo will resonate with your students because indpendance and freedom are something all children crave.

However, freedom and independance are not something parents are able to give their children easily because of the tremendous risks associated with them. Finding Nemo has an host of enjoyable characters, from a forgetful fish named Dory to three sharks who are trying to become vegetarians.

Our rating – 4/5



3. Gattu ( For Grades K – 6)

A film about an nine-year old orphan named Gattu who works in a garbage-recycling shop, Gattu is a sweet tale about a myseriously undeafeatable kite that floats  above the town of Roorkee and Gattu’s determination to bring that kite down.

In the process, he manges to join a school, except he does not know how to read or write! The film will teach children that anything is possible, as long as you want it badly!

Our rating – 3.5/5



4. Halo ( For Grades K – 6)

A film about a lonely little girl and her puppy, Halo is a bittersweet tale of love and loss. Sasha is lonely child whose mother has passed away. When Halo the puppy comes into her life, Sasha’s life changes. She is no longer lonely and spends every waking minute with Halo. When Halo is kidnapped, Sasha leaves no stone unturned in searching for him.

Your students should enjoy  the film, as should you because the film depicts how big of an impact pets have on the lives of children and how even children have the empathy to realise when someone’s need is greater than theirs.

Our rating – 4/5

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

5. Mary Poppins ( For Grades K – 6)

A seminal film, made way back in the 1960’s, Mary Poppins ( based on a series of books by P.L Travers) is about a magical nanny who comes down to earth to tame the two unruly Banks children. As Mary Poppins sternly but whimisically wrangles the two unruly children, she herself slowly thaws and becomes fond of the Banks children.

Even to this  day, the film still retains its charm and magic because of Julie Andrews’ legendary performance as Mary Poppins.

Our rating – 4.5/5

6. Madgascar ( For Grades K – 6)



A tale about group of anthromorphic animals who get separated from their zoo in New York City and end up all the way in Madgascar, Madgascar is funny and heartwarming film that teaches you that you can weather any hardship, as long as you have your friends by you.

Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and Marty the Zebra make for engaging characters as they traverse a jungle for the first time ever, having spent all of their lives so far in a zoo.

Our rating – 3.5/5

If you are going to screen these films for your students, then do share your experiences with us. If you have any other films that you absolutely think other teachers and students must watch, then share them with us in the comments section below!


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Padma loves to read, write and listen to music. She enjoys writing about education and talking about it too. Someday in the future, she hopes to become a novelist too.


  1. Watching films in the classroom is actually very fun. I remember watching Aladdin and The Lion King when I was in the 3rd standard. It was one of the most fun activities we ever did.

  2. Abbas Khaleel SM on

    You can add Warner Bros. movie HAPPY FEET (2006): A tone-deaf, tap dancing penguin proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world and The Blue Umbrella (2005), Indian movie based on the novel of same name by Ruskin Bond. And of course Malgudi Days teleserial.

    • Yes, Happy Feet is a great film too. I do not know that slipped my mind! Funnily enough, I was going to add The Blue Umbrella to the second part of this article series.

      • You could even add some movies of Warner Bros. Harry Potter . Those movies will bring curiosity within children.It has parts ending again with magics. This story is based on a book written by J.K Rowling/.

  3. Abbas Khaleel SM on

    Happy feet changed my perception towards life/world and brought many positive things in me .The hero mumble is incredible. We organised special show for children of special needs in Bahrain in 2006. Its just awesome experience to watch the film with this children.

  4. If DVD available in India, you can add Children of Heaven ( a 1997 Iranian film dubbed into english language); It deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes. This film nominated for oscar and won almost 13 international awards all over world.
    one more film is Happy Feet. I remember, Engr.Abbas organised screening of this film for our Social Rehabilitation Centre which deals with differently abled children, when he was here in 2005-06. We had very great experience watching this film with this children.

    • I do not know how I forgot Children of Heaven! It is a beautiful movie that moved me to tears. Majid Majidi is a fantastic director. I will definitely add this in the second part of this article series!

  5. Abbas Khaleel SM on

    Yes, The film Children of Heaven is very beautiful and heart touching. The official indian remake of the same film is Bumm Bumm Bole (2010, directed by priyadharshan). It’s good, but when you compare, the original one is far better than remake.

  6. Pl help our children watch all these wonderful movies by making these movies available on our school’s smart boards. MY school name is Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya.

    • Unfortunatley, we have no way of providing these movies, not without infringing copy rights. But, as an alternative, you can rent out DVD’s of these movies from places near you or even find them online on hosting sites such as youtube. I hope this helps. :)

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