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Film: a language without borders

Resources to support this international project on cinema for refugee groups in school.

Jemima + Johnny (1966)

Jemima + Johnny (1966)

Film: a language without borders is a programme funded by Creative Europe, and happening in Germany, Denmark, and the UK. We have developed resources for seven feature films, and three short films, that each explore the experience of children arriving in an unfamiliar place, or otherwise having an experience of being different. Throughout 2018, cinemas in the UK will be showing the films, contextualised by talks and discussion:

BFI Southbank

5 June
Please email mark.reid@bfi.org.uk for more information.

Glasgow Film Theatre

6 June
Ernest and Celestine

7 June
Paddington

15 June
Sing Street

Gulbenkian Cinema Canterbury

20 June
Paddington

Most of the films are in the Into Film catalogue as well, for you to screen in an after-school film club.

Download PDF versions of resources for each film below.

  • Paddington (481.73 KB PDF)

    Paddington (481.73 KB PDF)

    The well-known film of the story of the bear in transit, and his adventures on reaching England. Suitable for 7-11 year olds.

  • Ernest & Celestine (248.17 KB PDF)

    Ernest & Celestine (248.17 KB PDF)

    French animation dubbed into English, based on the tooth fairy story. Suitable for 6 — 9 year olds.

  • Billy Elliot (984.01 KB PDF)

    Billy Elliot (984.01 KB PDF)

    The well-known story of the boy who wants to dance, set in Yorkshire during the Miners’ Strike of the 1980s. Suitable for 13-15 year olds, but with a 15 certificate.

  • Sing Street (538.6 KB PDF)

    Sing Street (538.6 KB PDF)

    Another 1980s tale, about a young man’s dream of leaving his native Dublin, and an oppressive school. Suitable for 14 — 18 year olds.

  • We Shall Overcome (569.18 KB PDF)

    We Shall Overcome (569.18 KB PDF)

    Another story set in an oppressive school, this time in Denmark in the late 1960s. English subtitles. For 12-15 year olds.

  • My Life As a Courgette (554.6 KB PDF)

    My Life As a Courgette (554.6 KB PDF)

    Originally in French, dubbed into English, a powerful and funny film about a boy living in care. Suitable to 11-14 year olds.

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