Rebellion

A specially selected programme of films featuring positive stories about individual and group rebellion.

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Growing up always involves at least a healthy amount of rebellion along the way. From establishing ourselves as individuals, challenging the status quos put down by previous generations, or being the only person to believe in the seemingly impossible, change on an individual and global scale can only truly come about through rebellion. Taking in coming-of-age stories, the quiet dignified protests of unsung heroes, and vibrant portraits of true trailblazers, the films in this strand celebrate the rebel in all of us. 

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Films that are part of Rebellion

The Aeronauts

CertUnclassified

Age group11–16

Duration101 mins

The Aeronauts(2019)

True story about a scientist and a pilot who embark on a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history.

This film deals with topics such as travel and exploration, scientists and inventors, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Design & Technology, Geography and Science.

Aladdin

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration127 mins

Aladdin(2019)

This live action remake of the beloved Disney animation follows a young street thief who crosses paths with a charismatic genie.

This film deals with topics such as gender representation, community, and Middle Eastern countries, and links to subjects including Citizenship, PSHE Education and Theatre Studies.

Blinded by the Light

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration117 mins

Blinded by the Light(2019)

A British-Pakistani teenager is inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen in this uplifting musical comedy.

This film deals with topics such as racism and prejudice, family, friendships, and growing up, and links to subjects including Citizenship, History, Music and PSHE Education.

Booksmart

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration102 mins

Booksmart(2019)

Two best friends who are about to graduate high school attempt to fit in four years of fun into one night.

This film deals with topics such as growing up, friendships, school, and gender representation, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

The Breadwinner

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration93 mins

The Breadwinner(2017)

Afghanistan-set animation in which a young girl disguises herself as a boy to provide for her family after her father is unjustly arrested.

This film deals with topics such as law and order, child safety, religions and beliefs, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Citizenship, PSHE Education and Religious Education.

Der ganz große Traum (Lessons of a Dream)

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration113 mins

Der ganz große Traum (Lessons of a Dream)(2011)

Uplifting drama about an idealistic teacher who arrives at a stern grammar school in 19th century Germany, and introduces the pupils to football.

This film deals with topics such as growing up, school, sports, and historical periods, and links to subjects including German, History and Physical Education.

Diego Maradona

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration130 mins

Diego Maradona(2019)

An immersive documentary covering the period when one of football’s iconic players, Diego Maradona, played in Napoli.

This film deals with topics such as fame and consumerism, addictions, crime and punishment, and sports, and links to subjects including Film Studies and Psychology.

Dilili à Paris (Dilili in Paris)

CertUnclassified

Age group11–16

Duration95 mins

Dilili à Paris (Dilili in Paris)(2018)

Vibrant animation as Dilili, a young indigenous girl, investigates the mysterious disappearances of young women in turn-of-the-century Paris.

This film deals with topics such as scientists and inventors, historical periods, and European countries, and links to subjects including Art & Design, French and History.

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 deals with topics such as community, gender representation, equality, and family, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Geography and PSHE Education.

Free Solo

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration100 mins

Free Solo(2018)

Documentary chronicling Alex Honnold’s attempt to be the first person ever to free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,200ft high El Capitan rock.

This film deals with topics such as ethics, life and death, and extreme sports, and links to subjects including Film Studies, Physical Education and Psychology.

Goethe!

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration102 mins

Goethe!(2010)

German film about renowned poet Johann Goethe’s early years and his relationship with his muse Charlotte Buff.

This film deals with topics such as historical figures, life and death, and mental health, and links to subjects including German and History.

Nae Pasaran

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration96 mins

Nae Pasaran(2018)

Documentary on the Scottish warplane repair workers who refused to fix engines in solidarity against Chile’s fascist dictatorship.

This film deals with topics such as campaigns and revolutions, community, and ethics, and links to subjects including Citizenship and History.

On the Basis of Sex

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration120 mins

On the Basis of Sex(2018)

Biopic of American lawyer and professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her struggle for gender equality as she prepares for a landmark case in her career.

This film deals with topics such as gender representation, law and order, equality, and historical movements, and links to subjects including Citizenship, History and Politics.

Rafiki

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration82 mins

Rafiki(2018)

Colourful romantic drama about the blossoming romance between two young women in a conservative Kenyan community.

This film deals with topics such as equality, community, crime and punishment, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Politics and Religious Education.

 Tschick (Goodbye Berlin)

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration89 mins

Tschick (Goodbye Berlin)(2017)

Two teenage outsiders growing up in Berlin steal a car and embark on a road trip that looks set to change their lives.

This film deals with topics such as crime and punishment, addictions, growing up, and friendships, and links to subjects including German and PSHE Education.

Wild Rose

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration100 mins

Wild Rose(2018)

A young woman struggles to balance the responsibilities of motherhood with her dream of becoming a country singer.

This film deals with topics such as poverty, family, and mental health, and links to subjects including Music and PSHE Education.

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