Inventing Tomorrow is an inspiring documentary that follows the stories of young scientists from around the globe who participate in Intel’s ISEF science fair. A class screening of the film may complement an environmental science, math, or world affairs curriculum, and will encourage students to reflect on the importance of the critical thought and scientific participation worldwide. Discussion questions and supplemental materials facilitate further research into related topics such as health and the environment, community organizing, and technology development, reminding us all that kids can make a difference!
The Rescue List is a feature documentary that takes an intimate look at the lives of two boys, Peter & Edem living in a Ghanaian safehouse, recovering and preparing to reunify with their families, after being enslaved to fishermen on Lake Volta, in Ghana. The story also follows the unfolding drama of Kwame, a 30-year old Ghanaian man, a former child slave, who leads a team to rescue children enslaved on the lake. The lives of the Peter, Edem, and Kwame are intertwined, as Kwame and his team, care for and work with the children at the safehouse to prepare them to return home. It is a story of love, survival, and friendship. Taught in conjunction with this guide, The Rescue List will challenge students to think critically about the impact of cultural, economic, and social factors that contribute to the child slavery market in Ghana and how to build communities capacity to combat slavery. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to reflect on the themes of hope and healing.
Sometimes the key to growing up is staying young at heart. These inventive and touching stories imagine unsuspecting friendships and clever innovations, while capturing the joy and sadness universal to all. Travel with the whole family to Brazil, the moon, and even your own backyard in this lively and heartwarming collection of stories. Works range from new student work to Academy Award– and Emmy-nominated shorts, represented by noted studios like Cartoon Saloon and Google Spotlight Stories.
Matthew A. Cherry and Executive Producer Frank E. Abney III give a peek behind-the-scenes of their new Sony Pictures Animation short film Hair Love. The story of Hair Love was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of color. We hope that the presentation will be particularly inspiring for any of our young viewers who come from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the eyes of mainstream film and media, and will empower and show them that all stories are important and deserve to be seen and heard.
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind– including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope – but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.