No Borders, No Boundaries

A specially selected programme of films that explores ideas of the boundaries and borders that exist within cultures and traditions around the world and across history.

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Borders and boundaries exist to contain and control physical movement and human behaviour. With these films, we explore issues around immigration, broaden horizons with world culture and push the limits of social and ethical expectation, particularly around gender, discrimination and inequality.

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Films that are part of No Borders, No Boundaries

Aladdin

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration87 mins

Aladdin(1992)

Exotic Disney fairytale about the unlikely meeting of a cheerful tearaway and a beautiful princess.

Aladdin is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of inequality, social norms, family, and folk & fairy tales, and links to subjects including English and Geography.

Arrival

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration116 mins

Arrival(2016)

An alien spacecraft lands on Earth, leading the military to recruit an expert linguist to try and gauge if they come in peace.

Arrival is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of space & exploration, scientific theories and modern warfare and links to subjects including Citizenship and Politics.

Beauty and the Beast

CertU

Age group5–14

Duration88 mins

Beauty and the Beast(1991)

Animated classic which proves yet again that true beauty lies not in a person's appearance, but what is in their heart.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of seeing beyond appearance, gender, family and magic, and links to subjects including Film Studies and PSHE Education.

Beauty and the Beast

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration129 mins

Beauty and the Beast(2017)

Live-action adaptation of the fairy tale in which a book-loving young woman represents hope for a cursed prince transformed into a beast.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of going against tradition, family and anti-bullying, and links to subjects including History, Literacy and Music.

The Beguiled

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration94 mins

The Beguiled(2017)

Atmospheric gothic drama set during the American Civil War in which a school for girls takes in a wounded soldier.

The Beguiled is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of gender, ethics, growing up and gender, and links to subjects including History, Psychology and Film Studies.

The Black Hen

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration90 mins

The Black Hen(2016)

Two young boys attempt to make money from selling the eggs of a hen they have found against the backdrop of a ceasefire in a war-torn area of Nepal.

The Black Hen is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of civil war, refugees & immigration, growing up and indigenous peoples, and links to subjects including Citizenship and

Call Me By Your Name

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration130 mins

Call Me By Your Name(2017)

An American-Italian teenager becomes infatuated with a student who comes to live with his family in northern Italy over a hot, romantic summer.

This film is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of sexuality, first love, growing up and family, and links to subjects including English, Music and Languages.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration129 mins

Close Encounters of the Third Kind(1977)

After an encounter with a UFO, a man becomes drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of aliens, communication, travel & exploration and family, and links to subjects including Science and Geography.

Kaaka Muttai (The Crow's Egg)

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration91 mins

Kaaka Muttai (The Crow's Egg)(2014)

Tamil children’s film about two boys desperate to earn enough money to get a slice of pizza from the new pizza shop.

The Crow’s Egg is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of democracy, the caste system, growing up and poverty, and links to subjects including Citizenship and Numeracy.

Dhanak (Rainbow)

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration106 mins

Dhanak (Rainbow)(2015)

Indian children’s film about a brother and sister who journey across Rajesthan to meet film star Shah Rukh Khan.

Dhanak is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of friendship, child safety and religions & beliefs, and links to subjects including Geography and Citizenship.

The Eagle Huntress

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration87 mins

The Eagle Huntress(2016)

Inspiring documentary about a 13 year-old girl seeking to defy tradition and become an eagle hunter in her isolated Mongolian community.

This film is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of gender, indigenous peoples and poverty, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Geography and PSHE Education.

Fences

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration139 mins

Fences(2016)

Adaptation of the classic American play about a working-class African American man raising his family in the 1950s.

Fences is part of the No Borders, No Boundaries strand because it deals with themes of racism, abuse, addictions, gender and poverty, and links to subjects including Theatre Studies and History.

Gattaca

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration102 mins

Gattaca(1997)

Thought-provoking and visually impressive sci-fi thriller about a world in which mass genetic engineering leads to inequality.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of genetics, technology, democracy and ethics, and links to subjects including Science and Religious Education.

Get Out

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

Get Out(2017)

An African-American young man fears for his life upon meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family for the first time.

Get Out is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of racism & prejudice, family, community and equality, and links to subjects including Citizenship and PSHE Education.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

CertPG

Age group14+

Duration108 mins

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner(1967)

Comedy-drama about a white middle-class woman whose supposedly liberal father struggles to deal with her black fiancé.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of discrimination, prejudice, equality and community, and links to subjects including Citizenship and History.

Kong: Skull Island

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration118 mins

Kong: Skull Island(2017)

A group of explorers head off to explore the mythical Skull Island, only to encounter a giant ape and a host of other deadly creatures.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of travel & exploration, the environment and indigenous peoples and links to subjects including Film Studies.

Lady Macbeth

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration89 mins

Lady Macbeth(2016)

A young woman forced into a loveless marriage decides to take her fate into her own hands in this dark period drama.

Lady Macbeth is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of gender, rural life, cultural tradition and prejudice, and links to subjects including English and History.

Y Mabinogi

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration108 mins

Y Mabinogi(2003)

This fantasy feature tells the story of the Welsh legends of the Mabinogion. Mae'r ffilm hon yn cyflwyno chwedlau bywiog y Mabinogi.

This film is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of growing up, rural life and mythology, and links to subjects including Literacy, PSHE Education, and Welsh.

Moana

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration103 mins

Moana(2016)

A courageous teenager follows in the footsteps of her ancestors in sailing across the Oceanic seas, accompanied by the demi-god called Maui.

Moana is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of cultural tradition, gender, indigenous peoples and mythology, and links to subjects including Geography and PSHE Education.

Moon

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration93 mins

Moon(2009)

Clever, inventive sci-fi film about an astronaut running a mining operation on the moon, with a robot as his only source of conversation.

Moon is part of the No Borders, No Boundaries strand because it deals with themes of space & exploration, mental health and the environment, and links to subjects including Science and Psychology.

Random Acts Shorts Package

CertUnclassified

Age groupAll ages

Duration25 mins

Random Acts Shorts Package(2017)

A collection of short films made by young filmmakers aged 16-19 as part of the Random Acts filmmaking project.

These short films are part of No Borders, No Boundaries because they deal with themes of refugees, equality and child safety, and link to subjects including Citizenship and PSHE Education.

Ratcatcher

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration94 mins

Ratcatcher(1999)

Dark, unique portrait of Glasgow in the 1970s, about a boy who blames himself after his friend drowns in a canal.

Ratcatcher is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of family, friendship, growing up, gangs and mental health, and links to subjects including Geography and Film Studies.

The Red Turtle

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration81 mins

The Red Turtle(2016)

A reflective, dialogue-free animation which sees a man encounter a strange red turtle after becoming stranded on a desert island.

The Red Turtle is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of life & death, rural isolation, the environment and storytelling, and links to subjects including Geography.

Sonita

CertPG

Age group14+

Duration91 mins

Sonita(2015)

Documentary about Sonita, a young Afghan rapper determined to make her voice heard in spite of the repressive society she criticises in her lyrics.

Sonita is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of gender, refugees & immigration, creativity and self-expression and links to subjects including Music and Politics.

A Syrian Love Story

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration76 mins

A Syrian Love Story(2015)

Documentary filmed over five years about a Syrian family fighting for political freedom against the backdrop of the Arab Spring.

This film is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of refugees & immigration, human rights and political campaigns, and links to subjects including History and Film Studies.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Cert12

Age group11–16

Duration137 mins

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets(2017)

Madcap sci-fi adventure following two special agents across the universe as they seek to protect legendary city Alpha from dark forces.

This film is part of No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of technology, space & planets and law & order, and links to subjects including Film Studies, Media Studies and Science.

A Way of Life

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration91 mins

A Way of Life(2004)

A poignant tale that permits us to connect with the lives of children struggling to survive and to cling onto their dreams of a happy future.

A Way of Life is included in No Borders, No Boundaries because it deals with themes of racism, growing up, poverty and community, and links to subjects including Film Studies and Psychology.

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