Exquisite animation and lively score creates a fantastical backdrop for this classic story about the little people who 'borrow' everyday objects.
Studio Ghibli animation based on the tale of the race of tiny people called The Borrowers who must hide from humans. When teenage Borrower Arrietty befriends human boy Sho she must count on him to protect her family, offering a subtle route into learning about how two people from different cultures learn to understand and like each other.Read more
The Secret of Kells(2009)
Oscar-nominated hand-drawn animation about a boy living in medieval Ireland who is recruited to complete a series of perilous, magical tasks.
The animation engagingly explores ideas of faith and religion and Celtic heritage through the story of a young Monk called Brendan who must protect the magical Book of Kells from Vikings.Read more
A sweet and uplifting story about ten-year-old girl Wadjda who refuses to let the fact she's a girl stop her from doing the things she wants to do.
The first female directed Saudi Arabian film it confronts the restrictions placed on young women by religion and culture within certain communities around the world through the simple actions of a little girl determined to buy her own bike.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.
Heartening story of an 11-year-old Maori girl who challenges patriarchal tradition within her culture in order to take her place as head of the tribe, a role traditionally held by a male.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.
French animation based on traditional African tales of a headstrong baby called Kirikou who helps his village overcome a series of events. Each chapter focuses on Kirikou’s relationship with his community and the values his village upholds, including one about them welcoming in a Taureg boy despite being of a different culture to them.Read more
Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India(2001)
A Bollywood-style sports film in which Indian villagers are challenged to a cricket match by the British after refusing to pay their land taxes.
Through comedy, sport, romance and song the film promotes the importance of cultural understanding by exploring the values and beliefs upheld by the villagers versus their oppressive British rulers.Read more
Mad Hot Ballroom(2005)
An uplifting, thought-provoking documentary about a group of ordinary eleven year olds who set out to compete in a ballroom dance contest in New York.
By following the children as they take part in the 10-week course the film explores how this project uniquely encourages integration, friendship and wellbeing amongst young children from all backgrounds.Read more
Kiki's Delivery Service(1989)
Anime about a 13-year-old witch-in-training who, as part of her calling, has to spend a year living away from her mother in a new town.
Another Studio Ghibli on this list that cleverly explores what it means to be the new girl in town, far away from home. To be a fully qualified witch Kiki must prove she can live independently without her family nearby. Excited and self-assured she lands in an unfamiliar town and sets out to find a place to live and a job, making unexpected friends along the way.Read more
An American Tail(1986)
Warm animated family adventure sees a Russian mouse flee his homeland and persecution by cats for a new life in America.
An engaging tale that helps explore topical issues of refugees and families seeking asylum with youngest audience members. The depiction of the mice in comparison to the cats supports learning about difference and diversity and the importance of empathy in overcoming prejudice.Read more
An uplifting South African film about a 13-year-old talented musician who must earn a place in his new school’s jazz concert.
Touching on issues around class and race, the film uses music to explore the boy’s journey to understanding who he is and where he belongs both at school and in his community.Read more
Boya Boya (Shine Shine)(2014)
Short documentary focusing on 12 year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed as he shines shoes to earn enough to feed his family.
Remarkable film following a young boy embrace his situation. Passionately singing songs of the Syrian Revolution he reveals the fierce loyalty so many refugees must have for a country they have been forced to flee while embracing life in a new city, undaunted by the people he meets.Read more
Colourful comedy adventure about a tribe of aliens in search of a new place to live.
A fun children’s film that gently engages with ideas of home and what that means to different people, new arrivals and the effect of prejudicing against people you don’t know.Read more
Hugely inventive animated adventure about a rookie bunny cop teaming up with a wily fox to solve a set of mysterious disappearances.
A clever animation that tells a very human story about acceptance through the tale of a bunny and fox that must learn to trust each other despite being prey and predator. The city of Zootropolis where the film is set is a melting-pot of creature cultures that also promotes ideas of integration and acceptance.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.
A sweet yet astute short film from the BFI archive that reveals the innocence of children amongst troubling times.Read more
Outrageous yet genial comedy, about Tracy, a "pleasantly plump" teen who refuses to let the prejudices of others stand in the way of her fun.
American cult-comedy classic set in 1960s Baltimore about a teen girl who makes a stand in favour of racial integration on a local TV pop show. The musical interludes and crude humour make this an entertaining way to engage members in discussions about issues around conformity and racial prejudice.Read more
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