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Films for Educators

Journeys In Film

Journeys in Film has been a leading force in global education for over a decade- combining the power of moving and provocative films with the highest quality standards-based lesson plans to inspire and engage students in learning.

Journeys in Film is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a project of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, a nonpartisan research and public policy center that studies the social, political, economic and cultural impact of entertainment on the world and translates its findings into action.

What We Do

1. Select Films. Our team reaches into the global film market to find feature-length, English- and foreign-language narrative and documentary films to engage students in active learning.

2. Develop Curriculum Guides. Using films as springboards for interdisciplinary lesson plans, a team of top-notch educational experts, subject-area specialists and editors come together to develop high quality curricula for teaching core academic subjects.

3. Professional Development for Teachers. Educators receive specialized instruction to maximize our prepared curricula and learn how to use film in the classroom in ways that meet core educational standards.

4. Teach Social Awareness and Global Competency. Journeys in Film has selected powerful age-appropriate documentaries and foreign films that offer windows into our world. The films transport students beyond borders and boundaries. They move beyond lectures and textbooks to provide insight, transform preconceptions and prejudices, and foster genuine cultural understanding.

Our film-based curriculum guides walk teachers through lesson plans in math, science, social studies, language arts and media literacy to topics like environmental sustainability, hunger, global health and media literacy.


POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

Media Education Foundation

The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. The Media Education Foundtion offera resources designed to help spark discussion about some of the most pressing, and complicated, issues of our time, in one of the last independent spheres left in the society: the classroom.

MEF aim is to inspire students to think critically and in new ways about the hyper-mediated world around them. n addition to our films -from study guides, transcripts, and press material to articles and links that frame the broader issues involved in media education - MEF is pleased to offer resources that support the use of our films in a wide variety of venues and contexts.

The Global Film Initiative

The Global Film Initiative was created to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema. Although American film continues to thrive in the global marketplace, developing world filmmaking has suffered from shifting economic conditions in film financing and distribution. As a result, audiences in the United States have been denied the rich cultural lessons these films have to offer.

The Education Program of The Global Film Initiative presents full-length feature films from around the world, in specially-designed programs that encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of different cultural points of view.

Green Planet Films

Founded in 2003, Green Planet Films is a California-based non-profit distributor created to promote environmental education through the artistic power of film. Our mission is to connect environmental filmmakers dedicated to documenting the relationship of nature and humanity with an evolving global movement seeking greater knowledge about the natural world we inhabit.

It is our hope to support the courageous efforts of filmmakers who wish to inspire and educate through highlighting environmental challenges across every part of the world. Deforestation, water resources, ocean conservation, sustainable fishing, renewable energies, endangered wildlife, and climate change are a selection of environmental issues explored by filmmakers distributed through our organization.

In 2011, Green Planet Films launched a companion site called Green Planet Stream to attract international viewership, and also to expand our reach to public libraries. As we continue to evolve in engaging a global audience through online streaming media, our belief in the power of film to generate positive change in the world is the common vision of Green Planet Films and its partners.

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RoCo Films

RoCo films represent a collection of documentaries that inspire and entertain. We recognize that documentary films can connect us to human experiences well beyond the boundaries of our own. The films we choose transport us to new places and persuade us that they possess the power to do the same for audiences around the world.

Founded by Annie Roney in 2000, ro co films remains committed to finding audiences around the world for the best documentaries of our day. With eleven Oscar-nominated and or/winning documentary films under our watch, as well as a slate of award-winning film festival documentaries, ro co has earned the trust and respect of both the filmmaking community and the people who give their films a platform.

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