social change

Teaching REPORTER

Teaching "Reporter" was developed to help classrooms explore essential questions about being a global citizen in the information age.

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Teaching RED SCARF GIRL

Teaching "Red Scarf Girl" has been developed to help classrooms explore essential themes, including conformity, obedience, prejudice, and justice. This study guide accompanies Red Scarf Girl, Ji-li Jiang’s engaging memoir which provides an insightful window into the first tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution in China.

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Red Scarf Girl (DVD)

Ji-Li Jiang's memoir Red Scarf Girl is a child's-eye view of China's Cultural Revolution, when intelligence became a crime and a wealthy family background invited persecution or worse. In this video presentation, Ji-Li uses photos, film footage, interviews with her parents, and personal narrative to bring to life a young girl's deeply personal story of survival during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century. Length: 38 minutes.

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Young & Restless in China

This video tracks the lives of nine ambitious young Chinese men and women living in a society that is experiencing rapid change. Originally broadcast as a PBS Frontline program, it looks at how these young professionals and workers are adjusting and looking for opportunities in the newly prosperous culture, defying Eastern cultural traditions in pursuit of more Western values. Length: 106 minutes.

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Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School

A lesbian student at a Jewish high school confronts her identity as a Jew and a lesbian, and is determined to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school. Interviews with her, her family, her teachers, and other students illustrate how the school community struggled with their commitment to Jewish pluralism when confronting both Jewish tradition and social change. Length: 60 minutes.

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Morning Sun

This film presents China's Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976) from the perspective of the generation that came of age in the 1960s and others. Incorporating archival and propaganda footage, it explores the events, culture, and legacy of the Cultural Revolution through interviews with Red Guard participants as well as victims. Length: 117 minutes.

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China: A Century of Revolution

This first-hand look at China's tumultuous history examines the country's social, political and cultural upheaval through eyewitness accounts, archival film footage, and commentary. Length: 3 episodes, 120 minutes each on 3 VHS or 1 DVD

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Yuri Kochiyama: A Passion for Justice

Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American woman who lived in Harlem for more than 40 years, and has a history of activism on a wide range of issues. This documentary chronicles a remarkable woman's contribution to social change through some of the most significant social movements of the 20th century, including the Black Liberation movement, the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, and the Japanese American redress movement. In an era of divided communities and racial conflict, Kochiyama offers an outstanding example of a humanitarian and compassionate multicultural vision. Length: 58 minutes.

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Waging Peace

This film documents the Tomorrow’s Leaders conference that was held in Venice during the summer of 1995. The conference was sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and co-facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves. It brought together thirty young people from around the world who documented the ways they had harnessed hope, expressed outrage, and made a positive difference in their community or nation. Many of the participants were from war-torn nations, or lived in communities divided by generations of ethnic hatred. The film shares the conversations between the participants as they struggled with issues of democracy, social change, personal identity, and the roots of conflict both within their regions and other parts of the world. Length: 30 minutes.

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The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century

First airing on PBS in 1996, this series went beyond the military and political history of World War I to reveal its ongoing social, cultural and personal impact. Length: 8 videos, 58 minutes each

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