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Movies That Matter: Middle and High School Film Festival Share

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I Learn America
2013, 90 minutes
Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng, Directors

High School Screening
Monday, March 31
10am – 1pm




More than 300 teenagers from 50 countries attend Brooklyn’s International High School at Lafayette, a public school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrants. In I Learn America, students strive to master English, adapt to families they have not seen in years, confront the universal trials of adolescence, and search for a future they can claim as their own.

Post-screening Q&A with Jean-Michel Dissard, Director

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Monk by Blood
2012, 90 minutes
Ema Ryan Yamazaki, Director

High School Screening
Tuesday, April 1
10am – 1pm




Scion Sasaki was born the oldest son of his family with the destiny of taking over his family’s 800-year-old Buddhist temple. Monk by Blood follows the life of Scion as he returns to Japan and slips in and out of being a monk—juggling his DJ-ing hobby and his dream of becoming a chef with family and cultural responsibilities.

Preceded by Neither Here Nor There
2011, 35 minutes
Ema Ryan Yamazaki, Director

Post-screening Q&A with Ema Ryan Yamazaki, Director

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Dancing in Jaffa
2011, 90 minutes
Hilla Medalia, Director

High School Screening
Thursday, April 3
10am – 1pm

Middle School Screening
Friday, April 4
10am – 1pm


Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine believes that dance can overcome political and cultural differences, and he applies this belief to a group of Israelis with diverse backgrounds. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow apart; Dancing in Jaffa explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance
with their enemies.

Post-screening Q&A with Pierre Dulaine on Friday, April 4.

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Resources for Teachers:

Behind The Lens Lesson Plan: Introducing Documentaries to Your Students
The Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in The Moving Image

Core Principles of MLE

The New York Times article Documentaries (in Name Only) of Every Stripe

The High School Film Festival is made possible through the generosity of the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.