CIFF 2018 Social Studies List

Note: this is a cross-post from Social Studies @ CSU.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is here! We are keeping up with the tradition to look through the schedule and see which films will be interesting and useful for History and Social Studies teachers. Every year key themes emerge from this list. This year’s dominant themes are education, geography, gender, and LGBQT+.

Let’s get the #CIFF42 chat started in the comments and on Twitter @SocstudiesatCSU!

Current CSU students: You can present your CSU ID for 2 vouchers for the CIFF in SC 319 (Student Life Office). Also visit https://www.csuohio.edu/class/film/csu-day for other ways to see films for free or discounted rates.

Disclaimer and Navigation: This is not an exhaustive list of all films at the festival. I have organized it into loose categories of US, World, and Europe.

Special thanks to Drs. Kelly Wrenhaven and Karen Sotiropoulos for assisting with this list!

US

306 HOLLYWOOD
Year: 2018
Country: USA, HUNGARY
Run Time: 94 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/306-hollywood
Topics: US, Cultural History

ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 84 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/acorn-and-the-firestorm
Topics: American Government, Contemporary Issues

AFTER LOUIE
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 100 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/after-louie
Topics: Contemporary Issues, LGBQT+

AFTER SOLITARY
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 9 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/after-solitary
Topics: Sociology, Contemporary Issues

ALASKA IS A DRAG
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 89 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/alaska-is-a-drag
Topics: Contemporary Issues, LGBQT+

BAD REPUTATION
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 92 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/bad-reputation
Topics: Music history, Joan Jett, American history

BISBEE ’17
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 118 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/bisbee-17
Topics: immigration, Arizona, Contemporary Issues, politics of memory, labor history

BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 78 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/boom-for-real-the-late-teenage-years-of-jean-michel-basquiat
Topics: New York City, art, Basquiat, urban history

BURDEN OF GENIUS
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 88 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/burden-of-genius
Topics: technology, history of medicine, ethics

MANRY AT SEA ~ IN THE WAKE OF A DREAM
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 93 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/manry-at-sea-in-the-wake-of-a-dream
Topics: Cleveland, Sailing, Willowick

DARK MONEY
Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 98 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/dark-money
Topics: American government, contemporary issues, politics

 

World

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Country: NETHERLANDS
Directed By: Jean van de Velde
Running Time: 123 Minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/an-act-of-defiance
Topics: apartheid, racism, South African history

ALI’s WEDDING
Country: AUSTRALIA
Directed By: Jeffrey Walker
Running Time: 110 Minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/alis-wedding
Topics: culture, cultural conflict, family, religion, migration

AKASHI
Year: 2017
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 10 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/akashi
Topics: Geography, Japan, Contemporary Issues, migration

ASK THE SEXPERT
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 83 minutes
https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/ask-the-sexpert
Topics: India, gender, contemporary issues

ANOTE’S ARK
Year: 2018
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 77 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/anotes-ark
Topics: Geography, climate change, migration

BEFORE SUMMER ENDS (Avant la fin de l’ete)
Year: 2017
Country: SWITZERLAND, FRANCE
Run Time: 80 minutes
https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/before-summer-ends
Topics: Migration, Middle East, France, geography

BORG VS. MCENROE
Year: 2017
Country: SWEDEN, DENMARK, FINLAND
Run Time: 107 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/borg-vs-mcenroe
Topics: sports history, media, mental health

BURKINABÈ RISING – THE ART OF RESISTANCE IN BURKINA FASO
Year: 2017
Country: BURKINA FASO
Run Time: 72 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/burkinab-rising–the-art-of-resistance-in-burkina-faso
Topics: Burkina Faso, Africa,nonviolence

ON HER SHOULDERS
Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/on-her-shoulders
Topics: Middle East, education, gender, human rights

THE NEW FIRE
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 84 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/the-new-fire
Topics: Geography, climate change, global warming, technology, contemporary issues

THE SEEN AND UNSEEN
Year: 2017
Country: INDONESIA
Run Time: 86 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/the-seen-and-unseen
Topics: Indonesia, world history, geography

TAKE LIGHT
Country: CANADA
DIRECTED BY: SHASHA NAKHAI
RUNNING TIME: 78 MINUTES
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/take-light
Topics: Nigeria, Africa, geography

Europe

100 WOMEN I KNOW
Year: 2017
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 13 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/100-women-i-know
Topics: Sexual assault, women’s & gender studies, contemporary issues

1745
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By: Gordon Napier
Running Time: 18 Minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/1745
Topics: slavery, racism, British history, empire

THE ART OF LOVING (Sztuka Kochania)
Year: 2017
Country: POLAND
Run Time: 120 minutes
https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/the-art-of-loving
Topics: Poland, Europe, Cold War, women’s and gender studies

BAREFOOT (Po strnisti bos)
Year: 2017
Country: CZECHIA
Run Time: 104 minutes
https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/barefoot
Topics: World War II, Prague

MADEMOISELLE PARADIS (Licht)
Year: 2017
Country: AUSTRIA, GERMANY
Run Time: 97 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/mademoiselle-paradis
Topics: Austria, 18th century history, Europe

MAZE
Year: 2017
Country: IRELAND
Run Time: 93 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/maze
Topics: Northern Ireland, IRA

THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Druga strana svega)
Year: 2017
Country: SERBIA, FRANCE, QATAR
Run Time: 104 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/the-other-side-of-everything
Topics: Serbia, communism, Balkans, geography

SILVANA
Year: 2017
Country: SWEDEN
Run Time: 91 minutes
URL:https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/silvana
Topics: rap, hip-hop, Sweden, gender, LGBQT+

WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST
Year: 2017
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 78 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/westwood-punk-icon-activist
Topics: activism, United Kingdom, New York City, fashion

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (Hva vil folk si)
Year: 2018
Country: NORWAY, GERMANY, SWEDEN
Run Time: 106 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/what-will-people-say
Topics: migration, Europe, Norway, Pakistan, geography

School/Education Theme

6 WEEKS TO MOTHER’S DAY
Year: 2017
Country: USA, THAILAND
Run Time: 92 minutes
https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/6-weeks-to-mothers-day
Topics: Thailand, Contemporary Issues, Geography

ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL
Country: CANADA
Directed By: Kyle Rideout
Running Time: 86 Minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/adventures-in-public-school
Topics: Teens, coming-of-age, public school, education

AND THEN I GO
Country: USA
Directed By: Vincent Grashaw
Running Time: 99 Minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/and-then-i-go
Topics: Teens, coming-of-age, school violence, education

BLUE MY MIND 
Year: 2017
Country: SWITZERLAND
Run Time: 98 minutes
Topics: Teens, coming-of-age, fantasy, women’s studies

BREAKING THE BEE
Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 96 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/breaking-the-bee
Topics: education, Indian-American community

BREAKING THE GRADE
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 21 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/breaking-the-grade
Topics: education, Columbus, Ohio

FAIL STATE
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes
URL: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/fail-state
Topics: for-profit colleges, higher education

SCIENCE FAIR
Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 90 minutes
Url: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/science-fair
Topics: STEM, education

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