27 August 2007

catch a fire with tim robbins has a companion curriculum for teaching youth 14-22...

catch a fire tells the extraordinary true story of one man’s and a whole nation’s struggle for freedom and equality...for almost 30 years from 1948 to 1995, the people of south africa lived under an oppressive system of control called apartheid...after years of struggle, the anti-apartheid leaders were released and true democracy came to south africa in 1995...over the last twelve years, south africans from all walks of life have shown the rest of us that it is possible to heal the bitter conflicts and hate that divide so many of our world’s citizens...

the human rights education program of aiusa are pleased to present a companion curriculum (in pdf format) to the 2006 release of catch a fire, directed by phillip noyce...both the film and companion guide address themes of justice and reconciliation, as well as motivators for social change and the concepts of personal and collective responsibility...the companion guide includes three lesson plans as well as discussion questions geared towards high school and college aged students...

catch a fire celebrates the determination of humans to live freely and equally...in the anti-apartheid struggle of south africa, the spirits of millions were uplifted by the words and melodies of the freedom songs...as you will see in the film, when it seemed that there was no end to the oppression, south africans would strengthen their resolve to continue to press for freedom by joining each other in song...

if you're a teacher or youth group leader here's a great chance to use the cultural tool of cinema to engage in a lively human rights educational activity...and if you're not but know someone who is please hook them up with the curriculum...
peace out <3

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