We shall overcome - on film? About education?
June 1, 2011 12:31 AM Subscribe
What are some great films about disadvantaged/disenfranchised/non-traditional/non-English speaking students pursuing further education, encountering obstacles, overcoming those obstacles and succeeding?
posted by t0astie to education (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I run a program for high school students from remote (Australian) Aboriginal communities that, among other things, introduces them to tertiary education. Along with the various activities we run already, I'd like to have a film night. I've been thinking of showing something along the lines of Will Smith's "Pursuit of Happyness", but I think this might be a bit heavy for 15-17 year olds.
Ideally, we'd show something that not only carries a message, but is entertaining as well. My other criteria are i) it doesn't have to be a mainstream blockbuster at all, but no subtitles as some (but not all) of the students struggle with English literacy and ii) needs to be specifically about education. Not Rocky or Ghandi, for example.
AskMe, what great films about non-traditional students making a go of education against the odds can you recommend? Extra triple bonus points if you can recommend something Australian.