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Films & Streaming Media at UBC Education Library

Well reviewed DVDs located in UBC Education Library.

Social Justice


Apples and Oranges   HQ 76.4 A66 2007 [17mins]
“Two short animated films designed to raise children’s awareness of the harmful effects of homophobia, and gender-related name calling, intolerance, stereotyping and bullying”—Container

Children: Full of Life   LB 1072 C44 2004 [45mins]
A Grade 4 teacher in Japan teaches his class compassion for others by having them share their true feelings with one another. The children write about what they feel in a letter and then read it aloud to the class. The film follows the children over the year as they learn to care about each other.

It’s Elementary   LC 192.6 I875 2007 [2 versions - 37mins or 78mins]
“This film makes the case that all children are affected by anti-gay prejudice and that adults have a responsibility to address it. Showcasing teaching leading non-judgmental discussions with students about gay and lesbian people, the film demonstrates that students are eager to have honest conversations and learn about differences and respect”--Container

Little Earth Charter   GE 195.5 L58 2009 [8 sections at 5mins each]
“The Earth Charter is a set of fundamental principles that seek to define a just, sustainable and peaceful society for the 21st century…..This series of 8 animated clips offers educators a springboard tool to introduce students of a wide variety of subjects within the curriculum” –Container

Encouraging Moral Development in Children   BF 723 M54 E63 2006 [14mins]
“Enter into a dynamic discussion on moral development as hosted by a group of teens who give their opinions on moral situations they have faced. Between the group's discussion times, an expert highlights moral development as it progresses in children. A definition of morality, reasons for the decisions we make, and a look at the behavior of real children in a child care center are all covered in this fast-paced, informative video”—Library Catalogue

Growing up Social   LC 192.4 G77 2007 [2 discs 60mins each]
“Social thinking concepts and strategies will be introduced to support this teaching across the home and school day, including an exploration of how we organize our communicative interactions and utilize active perspective-taking throughout each day”. ---Container

Hope Builders/Porteurs d’Espoir   GE 70 P66 2010 [90mins]
Grade six students in an elementary school in Quebec go out into the community to identify and resolve problems facing the ecology of their local area. The teacher is preparing the students to take up environmental challenges which face the world.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly   PN 1995.9 C45 M53 2002 [52mins]
“The Walt Disney Company’s animated films are almost universally lauded as wholesome family entertainment, enjoying massive popularity among children and endorsements from parents and teachers. This video takes a close and critical look ath the world these films create (in terms of the stories told about race, gender and class) and reaches disturbing conclusions about the values propagated under the guide of innocence and fun”.--Container

No Dumb Questions   HQ 77.9 N6 2009 [24mins]
In this family the uncle of three young girls is a transsexual, and as the operation draws near the children try to understand. At ages 6, 9 and 11, they have many questions and these are answered as openly and honestly as possible.

Practical Strategies for Teaching Social Emotional Skills    BF 723 S62 P73 2007 [28mins]
This video presents concrete strategies caregivers and teachers can use to model, practice, and reinforce behaviors such as turn taking, helping others, sharing both material things and feelings, asking for help, and cooperation. Helping children learn to manage their own behavior in preschool significantly affects their later life success.—Library Catalogue

Promoting Social and Emotional Competence    BF 723 S62 P754 [22mins]
"This film is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the Teaching Pyramid as a framework for promoting young children's social and emotional development and preventing and addressing challenging behavior." –Container

Promoting Social and Emotional Competence Training Module   BF 723 S62 P755 2006 [4 modules 5-9mins each]
“Module 1: Promoting children's success: building relationships and creating supportive environments
Module 2: Social emotional teaching strategies
Module 3a: Individualized intensive interventions: determining the meaning of challenging behavior
Module 3b: Individualized intensive interventions: developing a behavior support plan
Module 4: Leadership strategies for supporting children's social and emotional development and addressing challenging behavior.”—Container

Roots of Empathy   HQ 769 R66 2001 [12mins]
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy”—Container

Schools that Change Communities   LB 2822.82 S378 2012 [58mins]
“By confronting and solving real-world issues in their hometowns, students become more engaged in the learning process and develop a stronger sense of civic responsibility and pride”—Container

Sharing Farm   HV 696 F6 S524 2008 [14mins]
When volunteers, who were mostly grandmothers, in Richmond, BC began to grow vegetables for the Richmond Food Bank, an elementary school teacher brought his class to the project, and the children became involved in the garden as well.

Sticks and Stones    HQ 76.4 S74 2001 [17mins]
The children in this film discuss their feelings when they hear cruel remarks about themselves or their families. The video has interviews, animation and some clips from documentaries.

Teaching Tolerance   HM 1271 T42 2004 [34mins]
This film features three animated juvenile films showcasing the need for friends, and how to get along with children who are different.
“Based on the books: Yo! Yes (Caldecott Honor book) by Chris Raschka; The island of the skog by Steven Kellog; Here comes the cat by Vladimir Vagin, illustrated by Frank Asch”.—Container

What Are You Anyways?   FC 3850 J3 W42 2005 [11mins]
Follow the adventures of the Super Nip as Jeff Chiba Stearns explores his cultural backgrounds growing up a mix of Japanese and Caucasian in a small white-bred Canadian city. Looks at particular periods in Jeff's life where he battled with finding an identity being a half-minority. A humorous yet serious story of struggle and love and finding one's identity through the trials and tribulations of growing up—Container

WordLoveWorldLove    LC189 W67 2008 [47mins]
“WordLoveWorldLove captures with beautiful sensitivity, the innocence and creativity of children influencing their own reality of a kinder, more peaceful future”.--Container


7 Steps to Social Involvement    HQ 799.2 P6 A15 2005 [63mins]
Participants are introduced to the 7 steps of social involvement and equipped with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to become creative, compassionate and committed young leaders. The video is ideal for students from grades 7-12 offering participants a unique opportunity to transform their lives through reaching out to others."--Container.

Anti-Discrimination Response Training   BF 637 C45 I75 2005 [39mins]
“23 vignettes depict discrimination and oppression situations that we encounter on the street, the grocery store, in the classroom, and in our own homes. Participants view the incidents, discuss effective responses, and then practice specifics of combating the multiple dimensions of discrimination”.—Library Catalogue

Between: Living in the Hyphen   HM1271 B48 3006 [42mins]
“This video interweaves the experiences of a group of Canadians – each with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority. They’re all struggling to find a satisfying frame of reference. Cultural identity, it seems, is more complex than what our multicultural utopia implies”—Container

Children at Risk: Our Back Yard   HV873 C46 2005
"This film is an insightful perspective of six individual children who survive daily on the streets of Vancouver, BC. It is a progressive documentary that reveals their stories through their own eyes. From these adolescences’ point of view, the audience is taken into their makeshift home underground and onto the city streets." --BCTF Lesson Aids website

Corporations in the Classroom   LB2806 C67 2007 [45mins]
This documentary film investigates the upside and the downside of increasing corporate influence on public education in North America. With virtually no regulation in place the line between corporate social responsibility and back door marketing opportunities is blurring. This timely film asks the question: should our schools be a sacred place where we educate our future citizens free of commercial messages? Or should it be a microcosm of the outside world where access is sold to the highest bidder?" --Make Believe Media website

Class Queers   HQ 76.25 C5258 2003 [40mins]
“This video takes the viewer into the seldom seen world of queer teens, experiencing their triumphs, witnessing their disappointments and understanding the day-to-day struggles that they are forced to confront.”—Container

Colour Blind    HT 1523 C646 2010 [26mins]
This film “examines the problem of racial intolerance in schools with populations that are becoming more diverse. Students from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds speak with candor about racial harassment at their high school in order to encourage teenagers to examine their own attitudes and behaviors”—Library Catalogue

Dare to Care   LC312 D37 2010 [30mins]
“This video explores the many challenges that arise when we try to create a more caring school environment and shows the evolution of the western education model”.—Container

Environmental Ethics   GE 42 E83 2005 [62mins]
“Twenty past winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize discuss their various environmental protection projects, focusing especially on the themes of environmental ethics and environmental responsibility”—Library Catalogue

Everybody’s Children   HV 640.4 C2 E94 2008 [52mins]
“The video is a portrait of a year in the lives of two youth seeking asylum in Canada: Sallieu and Joyce. Fleeing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone at the ages of 16 and 17, they arrive traumatized and alone in a country completely alien to their own”—Library Catalogue

Examined Life   BD 431 E95 2010 [88mins]
“Examined life takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take walks through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas”—Library Catalogue

Gender Blender   HQ 76.27 Y68 G46 2012 [26mins]
“In this youth –driven documentary, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students at a high school in the town of Hope, BC explore issues they face at their high school”—Container

Gender Equity in the Classroom    LC 212.82 G46 1999 [48mins]
This video “examines the ways in which gender bias manifests itself using classroom scenes to demonstrate biased and equitable teaching”—Library Catalogue

Growing up Among Strangers   HQ 783 G754 2009 [25mins]
“Canadians from diverse cultural backgrounds talk about their struggles to balance two worlds – the traditional cultural values of home and the westernized culture that lies outside”—Container

In Other Words   HQ 76.4 I5 2008 [27mins]
“Homophobic language is a common verbal put-down among young people, but many adults feel uncomfortable responding. In Other Words speaks directly to teens and offers a valuable tool to teachers, counselors and community youth leaders who want to explore the homophobic language heard in schools and other youth hangouts--the words themselves, their origins, how young people feel about them, and how to overcome the hurt and anger they cause”—Container

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain   FC 106 C5 I6 2004 [43mins]
This film allows you to “uncovers stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. These personal accounts of extraordinary Chinese Canadians are stories of personal strength, of families torn apart, and of a community's struggle for civil rights and redress.”—Container

Inocente    N 6497 I56 2012 [40mins]
This film “documents the inspirational life of Inocente Izucar, a homeless, undocumented fifteen-year old girl in San Diego, a bourgeoning artist, and the extraordinary challenges she must contend with on a daily basis”.—Library Catalogue

Invisible City    HD 7305 T6 I584 2010 [76mins]
"This film is set in the inner-city housing project of Toronto's Regent Park. Kendell and Mikey, like their surroundings are in the process of transformation; the environmental and social pressures tempting them to make poor choices, their mothers and mentors rooting for them to succeed. Turning his camera on the often ignored inner city, Academy-award nominated director Hubert Davis sensitively depicts the disconnection of urban poverty and race from the mainstream."--NFB's website

Little Black School House    LC 2804 L58 2007 [60mins]
The Little Black School House tells the story of the women, men, and children who studied and taught at Canada's racially segregated schools. Compelling personal stories illustrate that many of the students who attended Canada's all-Black schools look back on the experience with conflicting feelings: fondness for the dedication of their Black teachers, and outrage at being denied equal access to education, a right fundamental to democracy in Canada”—Container

More Than a Month       E 185 M67 2012 [60mins]
“Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a young African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Tilghman’s campaign to end Black history Month is actually a provocative gambit to open a public conversation about the idea of ethnic heritage months, and whether relegating African American history to the shortest month of the year – and separating it from American history on the whole – denigrates the role of black people and black culture throughout American history”—Container

Multiracial Identity     E 184 A1 M85 2010 [2 - 56 or 77mins]
“Multiracial people are the fastest growing demographic in America, yet there is no official political recognition for mixed-race people. This film explores the social, political and religious impact of the multiracial movement and the lived experience of being multiracial”—Container

No Place Called Home     HV 4049 N676 2003 [58mins]
“This film focuses on the day-to-day struggles encountered by Kay Rice, her partner Karl and six children, whose goal is to break the generational cycle of poverty. Shot in an intimate, cinéma vérité style, No Place Called Home follows the family as they move from town to town in search of affordable housing."--Container.

Race is a Four Letter Word     HT 1521 R333 2006 [55mins]
"Speaking biologically, "race" is a spectral concept. Black, brown, red, white, and yellow, considered purely as skin colours, merit no more significance than a tattoo. The "skin you're in" is about as meaningful as ectoplasm. Scientists remind us that not only are we all essentially the same, but we all have the same genetic ancestor. Eve was a black, African woman. Nevertheless, history and politics, sociology and economics, transform skin colour - "race" - into either a golden sheathe or a leaden prison of shame”—Container

Schooling the World      LC2605 S366 2010 [65mins]
“What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own?”…..This film “takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures”—Container

Schools that Change Communities      LB2822.82 S378 2012 [58mins]
“By confronting and solving real-world issues in their hometowns, students become more engaged in the learning process and develop a stronger sense of civic responsibility and pride”—Container.

Staying Real: Teens Confront Sexual Stereotypes     BF 723 S42 E86 2010 [25mins]
"Preteens and adolescents discuss the adverse effects of the sexual stereotypes with which they are constantly bombarded. They talk about how hard it is to develop their own personality and make friends when they don't conform to media and advertising images”—Container

Storytelling Class    LC 1099.5 M3 S76 2009 [60mins]
"Located in Winnipeg's downtown core, Gordon Bell High School is probably the most culturally varied school in the city, with 58 different languages spoken by the student body. Many students are children who have arrived as refugees from various war torn areas of the world. In an effort to build bridges of friendship and belonging across cultures and histories, teacher Marc Kuly initiated an after-school storytelling project whereby the immigrant students would share stories with their Canadian peers. The catalyst for this cross-cultural interaction was the students' reading of A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, a memoir of Beah's horrific time as a child solider in Sierra Leone's civil war. These voluntary after-school meetings take dramatic turns and reach their climax when Ishmael Beah and professional storyteller Laura Simms travel from New York to work with them. With their help the students learn to listen to each other and find the commonality that had so long eluded them"--Container.

Surviving in the Cracks     HV 1441 C32 V378 2011 [48mins]
“In Vancouver, BC, safe houses for youth on the street provided a lifeline, keeping them away from harm and from drifting into a life of drugs and crime. When short-sighted government officials moved to close the houses as part of a budget-cutting exercise, youth in them formed a coalition to write and perform a play. This video follows their efforts and challenges along the way”—Container

They Think I’m Chinese    HV 875.7 C22 Q43 2012 [52mins]
“The first girls of Chinese origin adopted in Quebec are now in their teens. Filmed over three years, this touching documentary reveals the emotionally charged transition of five of these girls to adulthood”—Container

This is What Democracy Looks Like    HF 1385 T45 2000 [68mins]
“At the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle, we had a collective vision. We saw people come together across every kind of political and cultural difference to stand up in a way that we have not seen in this country for decades”—Container

Tim Wise: on White Privilege   E 185.61 P38 2008 [57mins]
“Tim Wise offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a new tool for exploring the often invoked - but seldom explained - concept of white privilege”—Library Catalogue

Walk a Mile: the Immigrant Experience in Canada    FC 104 W35 2008 [4dvds -30mins each]
“The intent of the series is to awaken Canadian society to the shared hardships newcomers face when striving to settle in Canada. The series puts a human face on the immigrant experience and illustrates the newcomer's frustrations, worries and progress toward becoming full participants in Canadian society”—Library Catalogue

We are Wisconsin   HD 8083 W6 W4 2013[77mins]
“When Wisconsin's newly elected Governor Scott Walker introduces a bill that threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six ordinary Wisconsinites join thousands of protesters at the State Capitol, building a citizen-driven uprising that not only challenges the bill, but the soul of a nation”—Library Catalogue

You Can Do It! The Story of the Antigonish Movement   HD 3450 A3 N896 [70mins]
This "documentary film that tells the story of the Antigonish Movement. The film relates parallel stories of life in rural Nova Scotia in the 1920's and 1930's and life in the developing world today. Through the use of primary source interviews, archival video, still photos, and the insights of academics who have studied the Antigonish Movement, this production recounts the experiences of the pioneers in the movement, and the impact on Canadian society and its continuing influence throughout the developing world."--Container.

Zero Tolerance   FC 2947.9 A1 Z47 2006 [72mins]
“When a policy of zero tolerance to crime masks an intolerance to young people of colour, the delicate balance between order and personal freedom is upset”..Container