Video Bibliography

The AAME Bibliography is issued annually and circulated to schools via School Superintendents with the permission of Alberta Learning. It is the only multicultural bibliography issued for the use of schools in the Province. It provides schools and community agencies with current video resources and information on cost and sources as well as evaluations by certificated personnel on films produced during the past five years. Each video’s grade level, appropriateness according to subject area and annotation is provided. All resources are evaluated at the Educational Media Marketplace where all school districts send representatives to select resources for their school districts.

DIVERSITY  SHINES  AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2017) by Nicholas Spillios

Films have the power to change attitudes and opInions. Teachers know this. Wise teachers  understand  and consequently take  particular time and care in incorporating films into their lesson plans.  Community leaders search for films that  can present issues  in new refreshing ways  in their advocacy work. New approaches are needed and films offer one tool  for achieving this.

Underrepresented groups such as Arab, Cree and far middle Eastern continue to make limited progress while Black Americans appear in more films. Canada continues to take a lead through the efforts of the National Film Board.

The following films are presented in no particular order save currency. They were all showcased at TIFF and were selected at the Festival for their value and  merit.

KINGS 

The Watts riots of 1992 rocked the U. S. in search for answers to the prejudicial act by police against Rodney King.     Set in a multicultural neighbourhood.,  the film captures the background of the times.  (I vividly recall wandering through that same neighbourhood as a student in that period.). The incident  changed approaches by the   police in treatment of the black community.  A single mother draws lost children into her home and a  community -lost  person find each other.  They bravely decide to solve the problem.  Belgium.  Halle Berry, Daniel Craig Colour 92  mins. 2017.

OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED.

The voices of the Norway House natives speak directly to us making the film true innovative filming.  Norway House is one of the  largest reservations in Manitoba lying  north of Winnipeg. The film is a model for structuring reservations.  Canada. 97 mins. National Film Board.   Colour 2017.

WOMAN WALKS AHEAD

A passionate female painter in 1980’s New  York teams  with Sitting Bull in promoting the case of native Americans. They exchange views  and thus gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures.   U.S. 101 mins. Colour 2017.

FIRST REFORMED

Paul Schrader returns to  his masterpiece “Diary of  a Country Priest”.   A priest mourns the  death of his son and keeps a diary of his perceptions. He comes into a relationship with  some expectant parents.  Harbouring doubts about bringing their child into a world  unsympathetic to environmental issues, they both  question their Calvinist faith.  Ethan Hawke. U.S. 112 mins. Colour 2017.

UNE SEASON EN FRANCE

A father loses his wife in the Central African revolution. He attempts to adjust with his family in Paris but his new partner’s white color presents problems. He and his brother bring new skills to France which are underrepresented     French100mins. Colour .2017.

VICTORIA & ABDUL

Queen Victoria , while in her 60’s, developed a deep relationship with an Indian who is asked to present a coin in celebration of India’s Golden Jubilee.   They exchange views and he stays on as her advisor.  England.  Judi Dench. 111 mins. Colour .2017

MUDBOUND.

In the Mississippi Delta   following World War II, a young woman is joined by two soldiers from the war.  Her brother and brother-in-law  try to cope with  the war’s  stress. while she valiantly tries to adjust to her husband’s cotton farm. , Carey Mulligan. 134 mins. Colour. 2017.

STRONGER

An act of violence changes the lives of a young couple during the Boston terrorist attack.   Together they assist the police in capturing the terrorists. An inspirational tale focusing on the paraplegic boy friend whose dreams are shattered.  Carey Mulligan. U.S. 112 mins. Colour. 2017.

 

TEACHERS COULD DRAW SOME OF THESE FILMS TO THE ATTENTION OF THEIR STUDENTS WHEN THEY APPEAR IN LOCAL THEATRES AND ALSO CHECK CENSOR’S CLASSIFICATIONS.

 


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