DocHouse Kids | Six Documentaries You Can Use For Home learning

DocHouse Kids: Six International Documentaries You Can Use In Home Learning

Wednesday 8 April, 2020

When school “resumes” after the Easter break, and you’re desperate for home learning projects, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of six short global documentaries which you can turn into a home learning session, and help your child see outside of their lockdown world.


Our suggestion is that you ask your child and a few friends to watch it, and then convene a zoom for an online discussion. Ask them about the themes raised in the film. You can also ask them to point to locations on a map, and research the country where it takes place. And finally, don’t forget to have them discuss the filmmaking styles!

 

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True Love in Pueblo Textil

5 minutes; Horatio Baltz

Suggested age range: 8-12


 

This rapid-fire tale looks into the life of a nine-year-old Cuban girl named Maribel. Wearing an adorable dark-red school uniform and a bright-red shawl, she introduces us to her white bunny Doc and shares her feelings of being in love. 
 

Watch TRUE LOVE IN PUEBLO TEXTIL here.

 

DULCE

10 minutes; Angello Faccini, Guille Isa

Suggested age range: 11-15


 

In a remote coastal village in Colombia, a little girl named Dulce is learning to swim. Her mother is trying to help her, but Dulce is scared and wailing inconsolably.

Everyone in the village knows it’s vital to be able to swim, if only because many people in the village—and that includes Dulce and her mother—are dependent on the local cockle harvest.

You can watch DULCE here.

 

THE FIRST KID TO LEARN ENGLISH FROM MEXICO

20 minutes; Peter Jordan

Suggested age range: 10-14


 

Nine-year-old Pedro López from Mexico would rather have stayed in his native country than come to America. Things aren't going very well at school. Pedro argues with other kids and doesn't do his homework.

You can watch THE FIRST KID TO LEARN ENGLISH FROM MEXICO here.

 

RADIO AMINA

8 minutes; Orlando von Einsiedel

Suggested age range: 10-14


 

Director Orlando von Einsiedel allows 12-year-old Amina Dibir to talk about her dreams and the low status of girls in Nigeria, but not by interviewing her. Instead, he literally gives her a voice on the fictitious radio station Radio Amina, where she can broadcast all her ideas and opinions.

"Girls can be presidents, run companies, or even fly to space!" The film alternates back and forth between the gray reality of Amina, one of the many young street peddlers in the country, and a much brighter, more colorful world. 

For more about Orlando, tune into episode 2 of our new Dochouse Conversations podcast and have a look at our Filmmakers Spotlight blog.  

You can watch RADIO AMINA here

 

YOU'RE A COMPLETE MYSTERY TO ME

7 minutes; Alex Widdowson

Suggested age 11-16



Director Alex Widdowson writes: My brother, Jamie, has a profound learning disability. Despite being close to nonverbal, he demonstrates charisma, a sharp sense of humor and emotional sensitivity.

In the Op-Doc above, “Music and Clowns,” I team up with my parents to discuss what it is like caring for someone with Down syndrome.

We piece together fragments of insight to gain a sense of his inner life, but our differing perspectives reveal as much about our own subjectivity as they do Jamie’s.

You can watch YOU'RE A COMPLETE MYSTERY TO ME here.

 

A WOMAN LIKE ME

9 minutes; Isabel Morale Bondy

Suggested age range: 11-15


A deaf blind Danish woman travels to Nepal to meet another deaf blind woman, in a unique cultural exchange. See here for an interview with the director, Isabel Bondy.

You can watch A WOMAN LIKE ME here.

 

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