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Media Literacy/Movies

ZHS Media Literacy program offers this selection of excellent movies to enrich your home multimedia library. Each onsite purchase will help support the ZHS program and also allow us to make our contribution to PBS.

Animal Awareness   Cultural Awareness   Sci-Fi/Mind   Art films/Musicals   Young Children

Animal Awareness
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Family:
Babe (Academy Award Nominee: Best Picture)
Bambi (Last and best of the old original Disney Classics)
Black Stallion (Boy and stallion are survivors at sea)
Born Free/Living Free (2 pack) Academy Award winner)
Free Willy (Street boy relates to and frees a whale)
Lady and the Tramp (Peggy Lee sings in animated Disney Classic)
Lassie Come Home (1943 classic, Liz Taylor and Roddy McDowell)
Whale Rider (Girl struggles for her spiritual heritage)

Cultural Awareness
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Family:
About a Boy (The very best of Hugh Grant. Funny/warm.)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Sydney Poitier)
Karate Kid (Karate teacher trains bullied teen.)
Little Buddha (Story of the young Buddha, with Keanu Reeves.)
Pay it Forward (A young boy stumbles upon a simple way to change the world.)

Mature:
Brother Sun Sister Moon (The friendship of St. Francis and Sister Claire)
City of Joy (American doctor finds compassion in Calcutta.)
Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner, Best Picture)
Erin Brockovich (Academy Award winner for Julia Roberts.)
Joy Luck Club (Chinese/American daughters begin to understand their mothers' struggle to come to America.)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Southern Racism.)
Kundun (The true story of the Dalai Lama.)
Milagro Beanfield War (Robert Redford, Director)
Seven Years in Tibet (Brad Pitt)
Schindler's List (True story of saving 1100 Jews during the Holocaust.)

Contoversial:
Amistad (Rebellion on slave ship-American History.)
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 ("Best Picture" Cannes Film Festival 2004, Director: Michael Moore)
Thirteen Days (Kennedy brothers avoid nuclear war.)
The Insider (True story of the great cigarette expose.)
Traffic (Story of the American drug cycle.)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Extraordinarily controversial adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel.)

Sci-Fi/Mind
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Family:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (the first of the best)
E.T. (Beloved extraterrestrial teaches love.)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Best of the Treky movies.)
Little Women (Classic)
Return of the Jedi (Wise Yoda teaches Jedi youth.)
Planet of the Apes (Animal rights)

Mature:
A Beautiful Mind (True story of schizophrenic Nobel Prize winner.)
Dead Poet's Society (Sad story of private school.)
Educating Rita (Working class woman goes to college.)
Good Will Hunting (Working class boy genius.)
Finding Forrester (Reclusive author reluctantly teaches teen.)
The Last Emperor (True story of last ruler of the Chinese Ching Dynasty.)

Controversial:
Bowling for Columbine (America's obsession with fear: Best Documentary 2003)
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (American History)
Wannsee Conference (Infamous meeting of top Nazis that contrive the "final solution," over drinks.)

Art Films & Musicals
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Family:
CATS (T.S. Eliot's "Practical Cats")
Dr. Dolittle ((Animal Awareness)
The King and I (Mixed Culture)
Fiddler on the Roof (Jewish Culture)
Oliver (Charles Dickens: Child poverty)
South Pacific (Mixed racial situations)
Sound of Music (Based on actual escape from Hitler)
Mary Poppins (Feminist values)

Mature:
Camelot (King Arthur's Court)
Chicago (First Musical to win Best Movie, 2003)
Chocolat (Story of kindness vs. narrow minds.)
The Pianist (Best Actor 2003)

Controversial:
A Chorus Line (Story of rejection)
Godspell (The gospel of St. Matthew updated to New York City of the late 60s- early 70s.)
Hair (Effective evocation of the hippie movement of the late 60s.)
Jesus Christ Superstar (Rock opera of the last week in the life of Jesus.)

Especially for Young Children
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The Snowman (Raymond Briggs, 1982)
Beauty and the Beast (Brilliant Disney)
The Little Mermaid (Brilliant Disney)
The Lion King (Brilliant Disney)
Shirley Temple (3 pack) (Heart-warming)


Whalerider


Karate Kid


Kundun


E.T.


Last Emperor


Fiddler on the Roof


The Snowman


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