Debate

A specially selected programme of films featuring stories told which provoke discussion, encourage empathy and which develop our understanding about complex issues.

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Film can be an extraordinary tool for igniting debate and developing our understanding that issues and individuals are complex, nuanced things. The titles in this strand inspire empathy, provoke conversation, and encourage young people to look at the world in a slightly different way. These include stories of economic inequality, contemporary race relations, the plight of refugees and displaced people, and the increasing role of digital technology in our everyday lives.  

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Films that are part of Debate

The Crossing

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration100 mins

The Crossing(2017)

A 16-year-old schoolgirl, allured by the prospect of quick cash, takes to smuggling iPhones across the border between Hong Kong and mainland China.

This film deals with topics such as family, law and order, poverty, growing up, and gangs, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Geography and PSHE Education.

A Deal with the Universe

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration90 mins

A Deal with the Universe(2018)

Autobiographical documentary by transgender filmmaker Jason Baker about giving birth to his first child.

This film deals with topics such as LGBT life, physical health, and family, and links to subjects including Biology, Citizenship and Media Studies.

Denial

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration110 mins

Denial(2016)

The true story of an American academic tasked with proving in court that the holocaust happened, after she is sued for libel by a British historian.

This film deals with topics such as crime and punishment, racism and prejudice, religions and beliefs, and historical events, and links to subjects including Citizenship and History.

The Flood

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration99 mins

The Flood(2019)

An immigration officer faces a moral crisis when she is asked to decide a man’s fate in a high-profile asylum case.

This film deals with topics such as refugees and immigration, law and order, life and death, and ethics, and links to subjects including Citizenship and Politics.

Green Book

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration130 mins

Green Book(2018)

A working class Italian-American and a middle class black musician strike up a friendship as they tour the Deep South in the 1960s.

This film deals with topics such as racism and prejudice, friendships, equality, and historical periods, and links to subjects including Citizenship and History.

H is for Harry

Cert12A

Age group11–14

Duration80 mins

H is for Harry(2019)

Documenting two years in the life of Harry, a charismatic, working class eleven-year-old struggling to adjust to secondary education.

This film deals with topics such as school, poverty, disabilities and inclusion, and growing up, and links to subjects including English and PSHE Education.

Hail Satan?

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration94 mins

Hail Satan?(2019)

Lively documentary following the rapid rise of the Satanic Temple, a group of activists who argue for the separation of church and state.

This film deals with topics such as democracy, equality, and ethics, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Law and Religious Education.

The Hate U Give

Cert12A

Age group14+

Duration133 mins

The Hate U Give (2018)

A young girl is drawn to activism after witnessing the police shooting of her childhood friend.

This film deals with topics such as racism and prejudice, life and death, community, and gangs, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Media Studies and Psychology.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration120 mins

If Beale Street Could Talk(2018)

Adaptation of the James Baldwin novel about a woman fighting to free her falsely accused husband from prison before the birth of their child.

This film deals with topics such as criminal investigations, racism and prejudice, love and relationships, and ethics, and links to subjects including Citizenship, English Literature and Film Studies.

Late Night

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration102 mins

Late Night(2019)

A late night, television chat show host hires a new female writer in an attempt to disrupt the status quo and boost dwindling ratings.

This film deals with topics such as equality, fame and consumerism, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Business Studies and Media Studies.

Monsters and Men

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration95 mins

Monsters and Men(2018)

The lives of three individuals are significantly changed when an unarmed black man is shot dead by police officers in their neighbourhood.

This film deals with topics such as crime and punishment, racism and prejudice, life and death, and community, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Politics and PSHE Education.

Searching

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration102 mins

Searching(2018)

After his 16 year-old daughter goes missing, her father investigates her laptop to try and track her down.

This film deals with topics such as technology, mental health, family, and child safety, and links to subjects including Film Studies, ICT and PSHE Education.

Sorry We Missed You

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration100 mins

Sorry We Missed You(2019)

A working class British family struggle with zero-hour contracts and increasing austerity.

This film deals with topics such as community, mental health, and family, and links to subjects including Business Studies, Citizenship and Politics.

Us

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration116 mins

Us(2019)

A family vacation takes a horrific turn when their doppelgangers appear and begin to terrorise them.

This film deals with topics such as equality, community, ethics, and democracy, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Film Studies and Politics.

Vice

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration132 mins

Vice(2018)

Comedic political biography of Dick Cheney who rose through the US government to become George W. Bush’s Vice President.

This film deals with topics such as democracy, historical figures, ethics, and modern warfare, and links to subjects including Citizenship, History and Politics.

Vox Lux

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration115 mins

Vox Lux(2018)

A girl who survives a school shooting becomes an international pop star overnight after performing a song based on the tragedy.

This film deals with topics such as addictions, ethics, fame and consumerism, and mental health, and links to subjects including Media Studies, Music and Psychology.

Wardi (The Tower)

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration74 mins

Wardi (The Tower)(2018)

French stop-motion animation about a young Palestinian girl living in the refugee camp where she was born.

This film deals with topics such as refugees and immigration, community, and modern warfare, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Geography and Politics.

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