debbie downer never gets asked to the movies.
January 23, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
I need non-depressing short films to show my class each week.
posted by joyeuxamelie to education (35 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
I teach an English class and each Monday throughout the semester, I post short indie films (usually from YouTube) for my students to discuss on a class forum/discussion board. The films are typically about 10-15 min. long -- I can't see my students wanting to spend more time than that one a rather minor, weekly assignment.
Last time I assigned this activity, my students mentioned that the films were too depressing. They have a point --- many films dealt with difficult social issues, depicted dystopian societies, or showed the darker side of humanity. It's not like I chose these films on purpose... this just seems to be a running theme for indie shorts.
Last week, I posted a non-depressing film and a lot of students expressed how glad they were that the film didn't make them sad/melancholy/etc after watching it and said they'd like to see more like it.
So, I'm looking for suggestions for films with a lighter, more optimistic tone. Surely not all indie films are all "doom and gloom"?
I'd also like for the films to be somewhat thought-provoking and well-done. The reason I started assigning these films was because I felt that it would give the assignment more value than "write about your opinion concerning [insert social issue here]". With films, they'd have to exercise their powers of interpretation and learn to express themselves.
Links to online content would be appreciated as opposed to dvds/etc, since my students will typically be watching from home/dorm.