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The Wizard of Oz(1939)
This timeless family musical, one of cinema's much loved productions, sees young Dorothy escape Kansas for the Technicolor land of Oz.
Film is one of the great tools for teaching us about people different to ourselves and learning respect. The Wizard of Oz remains one of the defining examples of this, as Dorothy comes into contact with all sorts of strange and eccentric people whilst following the yellow brick road, learning lessons about home – and the world outside – along the way.Read more
A heartwarming and very funny family tale of a pig with a penchant for sheep-herding, much to the chagrin of the local sheepdog.
The story of a young piglet adopted by a kindly sheepdog has firmly established itself as one of the classics of children’s cinema. Much of its appeal and ongoing relevance relates to the way the film gently introduces young people to issues around social isolation and victimisation, bravery and vulnerability.Read more
Charming family film about an accident-prone young bear from Peru who searches for a new home upon arriving in London.
The story of another explorer, this time a young bear travelling from Peru to London is a wonderful celebration of multiculturalism, tolerance and inclusion, as Paddington encounters all manner of weird and wonderful characters on the capital’s streets, and residents don’t bat an eyelid at the sight of a skateboarding, marmalade eating bear!Read more
Kirikou et les hommes et les femmes (Kirikou and the Men and the Women)(2012)
Gorgeous, striking animated feature that follows the resourceful and heroic Kirikou; a small child living in a village in Africa.
Much like Darkest Peru, life for young people in an African village can seem very distant to many of us. Based on a series of folk-tales, this enchanting animation opens up a new culture to us in accessible fashion. The myths and legends seen in the film are both culturally specific and also ripe for fascinating comparison with our own.Read more
Ernest and Celestine(2012)
A beautiful animation about an unlikely friendship between a big clown bear and a clever orphan mouse caught between two very different worlds.
Depending on the situation we have all at times felt as small as a mouse or as tall as a bear. This lovely film explores themes of friendship, belonging and tolerance through the unlikely friendship of two such creatures living in Paris who realise how much they can learn from and help one another.Read more
Jemima + Johnny(1966)
A short British film exploring race relations in post-riots Notting Hill in the 1960s through the friendship of a little girl and boy.
Also a story of new friendships and their ability to open our eyes to other’s experiences is this short film set at the height of the Windrush migration. It follows Jemima as she is shown around the neighbourhood by an English boy called Johnny. Although the children are naïve to the racial hostility, Johnny’s father must face his own racist attitudes.Read more
Tradition causes trouble in a family when a young Maori girl wants to take up what she believes is her rightful place at the head of her tribe.
We get an inside look into Maori culture in modern New Zealand in this tale of a young girl wanting to follow her culture’s tradition but who faces challenges due to her gender. Gently and earnestly told, we see the world and power this ancient custom holds from her eyes.Read more
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 wonderful introduction to documentary film follows a young girl embracing her culture and simultaneously challenging it. When courageous Aisolphan wants to continue a tradition of eagle hunting the inner conflicts within the Kazakh community are revealed. Her determination to prove them wrong will be inspiring for all audiences.Read more
When Marnie Was There(2014)
A shy girl sent to the country to recover from asthma discovers an abandoned mansion and begins to explore its mysteries with her new friend Marnie.
Studio Ghibli have delighted audiences around the world with their animations, opening up Japanese culture to young audiences in remarkable ways. Based on the classic English children’s novel, this film (seemingly their last) is a beautiful, heartbreaking demonstration of how two seemingly disparate cultures can merge to produce something magical.Read more
12-year-old Miguel finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead and must find a way to return to the real world before it’s too late.
This wonderful celebration of the Mexican holiday ‘Day of the Dead’ sees a young boy coming face to face with his ancestors and the impact his heritage has on his present world. The story is told through the lens of the culture while also touching on themes of loss and embracing your identity.Read more
A unique and entertaining film from Tibet about two young monks desperate to find a way of watching the 1998 World Cup Final in their monastery.
This gentle, but very funny film demonstrates the extraordinary ability of football to reach all corners of the world. In this case, a group of junior monks are desperately trying to find a television in order to watch the World Cup Final, exploring universal themes of tradition vs modernity in a tender, accessible manner.Read more
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