9 Films You Should Watch With Your Students (Classes 7-10) – Part II

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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.

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How To Train Your Dragon

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 II of our list of movies that you too can watch along with your students.

1. How To Train Your Dragon – The story about a young boy, who lives in a mythical world filled with dragons, and the fearsome dragon he eventually befriends, HTTYD is a heartwarming film about how your physical appearance does not matter because it is what you have on the inside that counts.

Hiccup and Toothless are adorable as friends, and by the end of the film, you can be sure that all your students will wish that the dragons depicted in the film really exist and want a dragon as a friend.

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Bugsy Malone

Our rating – 4.5/5

2. Bugsy Malone – A musical gangster film set during the Prohibition era in the United States, Bugsy Malone is set in a world which consists of children.

While it does focus on speakeasies
( musical bars), lounge singers, the underworld and the mafia,  Bugsy Malone manages to be adult enough, but without the accompanying gore and violence that would usually accompany a film based on gangsters, musical bars and the underworld.

Our rating – 4/5

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Matilda

3. Matilda – Based on the eponymous novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is a small intelligent little girl, who is neglected by her family who are stupid and value cheating and cunning over good work and meanness over intelligence.

Matilda finds a friend in the gentle and kind Miss Honey who recognizes that Matilda’s intelligence is quite extraordinary for a child her age and helps Matilda with all her troubles. A sweet film, with a bit of edge, Matilda is sure to make your students appreciate their teachers more. 😉

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Mulan

Our rating –  4/5

4. Mulan – The 1998 animated musical film from Disney is based on the legendary Chinese figure of Hua Mulan.

When ancient China is attacked by the Huns, a man from each family in all of China must join the Imperial Army in order to defeat the Huns. Mulan enlists in the army instead of her old father and proceeds to save China from the Huns. She is aided in her journey by Mushu, a small dragon that talks big and the friends she makes in the army.

While at the core, Mulan is a heartwarming story about a courageous young girl, it also teaches you that in order to be capable of greatness, you don’t have to be a certain or even belong to a specific gender.

Our rating – 5/5

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Makdee

5. Makdee – A film about a haunted house, a scary witch who steals children and turns them into animals and mischievous girl who gets her poor meek twin sister into trouble, Makdee will teach your students that one can only prank people for so long before retribution arrives in a way that will make us sober down immediately.

A little like the boy who cried wolf one too many times, Makdee also has a protagnist whose village does not believe her because she’s pulled the wool over their eyes too many times to count. All the same, the film is an enjoyable one and features some highly memorable scenes and songs.

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Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama

Our rating – 3.5/5

6. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Ram – A joint production between India and Japan, Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Ram is a beautifully animated film based on the epic, Ramayana.

The animation is hauntingly beautiful with a poignant soundtrack and your students are sure to enjoy this visual treat for the eyes! Watch for the adorable monkeys and a mischievous and charming Hanuman.

Our rating – 5/5

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Children of Heaven

7. Children of Heaven – A touching tale about two siblings and a lost pair of shoes, Children of Heaven is a great way to teach your students some perspective.

Children often do not realize that everyone is not like them or that everyone is not as well off as them. This sweet tale about siblings struggling to spare their family of any expense is sure to make them appreciate what they have!

Our rating – 4/5

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Toy Story

8. Toy Story – Very often, animated films display children playing with toys, not toys dealing with being children’s playthings.

Toy Story was ground breaking with it came out and is even relevant today because it shows that all toys want is to be treated well by their owners and played it.

Your students might scoff at the premise and think they are too old for it but by the end of the day, they will fall in love with the film and Buzz and Woody’s epic friendship.

Our rating – 5/5

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Happy Feet

9. Happy Feet – A cute story about an emperor penguin who cannot sing but can Tap Dance, Happy Feet is an amazing film about the difficulties that come from being different from everyone else, the courage it takes to stand apart from everyone else and have confidence in yourself as well learning about the environmental degradation that the earth is facing today.

By the end of the film, Mumble should have definitely tap-danced his way into you and your students’ hearts.

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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3 Comments

  1. Abbas Khaleel SM on

    If it is for the students of class 7 – 9, you can add the indian film I AM KALAM (2011) produced by Smile Foundation.
    This movie is about how one can change the destiny by one’s own hard work and determination.

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