Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Film in the Schools: Cultural Films for Arizona Students



We are involved with a great program, Films in the Schools, a community outreach program of The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which is in its fourth year.

Our trained presenters bring films into public and religious schools to help teach the Holocaust. Film as a medium allows young people to learn on a different level; characters, legends and stories come alive on the screen. This is especially important when trying to convey the magnitude of the Holocaust. Since the school program began, we have shared our films with over 3,500 public and Jewish day school students.

“Irena Sendler: Life in a Jar” is one of the films we will be showing in the schools this year. It is a documentary about a Polish Christian woman who helped save 2,500 Jewish children from death in the Warsaw Ghetto. Behind Irena Sendler’s story is an important lesson: Tikun Olam - one person can make a difference, one person can help to “Repair the World.”

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival provides; the film at no charge, study guides if requested, a flexible program that fits your class schedule, and an essay contest with a $25 gift card.

We have met some of the most extraordinary educators over the last few years; teachers who take the study guides provided by the state and school district and make their subjects come alive, taking education to a higher and more personal level with their students.

The success of our Films in the Schools program can be measured by the questions students ask, and the essays and thank you letters that are written. Our goal this year is to reach out to more schools, helping to teach young students about acceptance and diversity.

For information or to schedule a visit to your classroom, contact:
steph (at) launchflix (dot)com. Please join the Film Festival on Facebook or Twitter.

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