9 Films You Should Watch With Your Students (Classes 11&12) – Part III

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Films are one of the most powerful mediums that exist, especially when it comes to education and the dispensation of 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 part III of the list of films that your students can watch (and so can you.)

Harry-Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter –  The Harry Potter series of films tells the story of Harry Potter, his role as the saviour of the magical world, and his nemesis, an evil wizard named Voldemort would like to enagage in genocide and ethnic cleansing in order to reshape the world to his liking.

The heptalogy initially starts off carefree but as its protagonist, Harry grows up, events take a darker turn, which is evinced by the muted colours of the film. The films show you that to be brave, you dont need to be strong or powerful, you simply need to have courage in your convictions. It also helps to have good friends like Hermione and Ron who will follow you till the ends of the earth.

Our rating – 4/5 

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of Fireflies – Made by Studio Ghibli, a famed animation studio from Japan, Grave of the Fireflies focuses on two siblings who are leading an increasingly desperate struggle to survive during the final few months of World War II.

The film is emotionally heavy and it poignant ending is bound to twist hearts. You might want to keep the tissues ready and forewarn your students about the film’s content, in case they are adversely affected by the ending.

Bee Movie

Bee Movie

Our rating – 5/5

Bee Movie –  A film about a bee who is horrified to realise that human beings have been stealing bees’ honey for centuries, Bee Movie is a light-hearted take on what would happen to the world without bees.

Bees are vital to plants because they aid in repollination, and without bees pollinating flowers, plants will eventually die which in turn will affect all living creatures because plants produce oxygen and all living things depend on oxygen to subsist.

Our rating – 3.5/5 

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth – Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth is a dark fantasy film that traces the

journey of young Ofelia into a mythical labyrinth, and her dealings with a mysterious faun-like creature.

The film is a darker on take on common fairytale themes such as sacrifice, courage, a hero’s journey etc. Though seemingly dark and creepy, the film is actually more along the lines of a parable which teaches children to what extent one can trust someone else and how important it is to be able to decide for one’se own self.

ParaNorman

ParaNorman

Our rating – 4/5

ParaNorman – A dark comedy about a little boy who can see ghosts, ParaNorman is a great film for teaching children about the fact that discrimination is a hurtful and it ignorance not only blinds us, but it also makes us wrongfully hurt and accuse people, when they have done nothing in the first place to deserve it.

Our rating – 4.5/5

Little Miss Sunshine – A film about a dyfunctional family and the road trip they must make in order to

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

take part in a local beauty pagenat, Little Miss Sunshine is heartwarming simply because it rings true of us.

Everyone within a family has their own problems and when thrown together for extended periods of time, you discover things about each other that you never knew. But as Little Miss Sunshine shows you, it does not matter if you are different or if your family is made up of various people, as long as you love each other and care for each other, things will be okay.

Our rating – 5/5

Jumanji

Jumanji

Jumanji – An action film about a board game that become all too real and adrenaline filled to the boot, Jumanji focuses on two siblings who get sucked into a game, where they have to evade all kinds of fantastic beasts and a hunter who is out to get them! Though made in 1995, the film remains popular today and should be fun for your students to watch.

Our rating – 3.5/5

Howl’s Moving Castle – Based on the novel of the same name by Diana Gabaldon, Howl’s Moving

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle

Castle is a beautifully animated film from stables of Studio Ghibli.

Howl’s Moving Castle revolves around Sophie, a young seamstress who gets changed into a 90 year old woman, an Howl a powerful wizard who is not all that he seems to be. The film focuses on how Sophie learns to look past the curse placed on her and finds that being cursed does not mean that she has lost herself, rather is allows her to live more freely than before!

Our rating – 4/5

Sky High

Sky High

Sky High – A movie about the teenage son of  former superheroes at a school for superheroes, who finds that he might be powerless Sky High is a fun film which also combines messages of staying true to yourself and being brave enough to stand up to others and for others too. The film shows children as being much smarter than most adults, which is something that would please your students greatly!

Our rating – 4/5

If you are going to watch these films in your class, then do let us know what your students thought about them! Also, share your suggestions about any other films that can be watched by students in school!

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2 Comments

  1. Abbas Khaleel SM on

    Nice collection of movies. In above all, my favorite is Little Miss Sunshine. Also Grave of Fireflies is nice movie.
    As this section is for young adults, you can add Indian nation award winning film of 2011; CHILLAR PARTY ,
    co produced by salman khan’s Being Human Foundation.

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