2015 CIFF Films for Social Studies

The Cleveland International Film Festival is here again! It’s becoming a tradition to look through the schedule and see which films will be interesting and useful for History and Social Studies teachers. Let’s get the #CIFF39 #sschat started in the comments and on Twitter @SocstudiesatCSU!

Current CSU Social Studies students: contact me at shelley.rose@csuohio.edu if you plan to see a film on the list.  I have a limited number of vouchers available for students thanks to the CSU Office of Engagement.

Current College Students:  Present your current student ID for free admission. See http://www.clevelandfilm.org/college for more details.

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, Europe, and Teaching

US:

WESTERN
Year: 2015
Country: USA
Run Time: 93 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/western
Topics: United States, Mexico, Borderlands, immigration

 
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 11 minutes http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/hidden-in-plain-sight

Topic: Cleveland, Immigration

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KILBANETOWN COMEBACK
Year: 2015
Country: IRELAND, USA
Run Time: 54 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/kilbanetown-comeback
Topics: Cleveland, Irish-Americans
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THE KEEPING ROOM
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 95 minutes http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-keeping-room

Topics: US Civil War, women

 

IN COUNTRY
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 80 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/in-country
Topics: US history, reenactment, Vietnam War

 

THE HAND THAT FEEDS
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 88 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-hand-that-feeds
Topics: Immigration, New York City, Labor

 

BY BLOOD
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 64 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/by-blood
Topics: Native Americans, US history

 

BIG MOCCASIN
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 65 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/big-moccasin 

Topics: Appalachian Mountains

 

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
Year: 2015
Country: USA
Run Time: 116 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution
Topics: US history, civil rights movement

 

1971
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 80 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/1971
Topics: US History, government

 

ABOVE ALL ELSE
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 96 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/above-all-else
Topics: Climate Change, Environmental Activism, Geography

 

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 86 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/back-on-board-greg-louganis
Topics: Olympics, HIV

 

World:

SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT
Year: 2014
Country: USA, HAITI
Run Time: 89 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/sweet-micky-for-president
Topics: Haiti, politics

 

FAR FROM HOME
Year: 2014
Country: ARGENTINA, CANADA, ITALY, USA, UGANDA
Run Time: 73 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/far-from-home
Topics: Uganda, Migration, Sports

 

MEMORIES ON STONE
Year: 2014
Country: KURDISTAN, GERMANY
Run Time: 97 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/memories-on-stone
Topics: Middle East, Kurdistan, genocide

 

THE LOOK OF SILENCE (Senyap)
Year: 2014
Country: DENMARK, INDONESIA, NORWAY, FINLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 98 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-look-of-silence
Topics: Indonesia, memory, war

 

UYGHURS, PRISONERS OF THE ABSURD (Ouïghours, Prisonniers de l’absurde)
Year: 2014
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 99 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/uyghurs-prisoners-of-the-absurd
Topics: migration, China, Uyghurs, Islam

 

FACTORY BOSS (Da Gong Lao Ban)
Year: 2014
Country: CHINA
Run Time: 104 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/factory-boss
Topics: China, World History, Contemporary World Issues, factory work

 

COME TO MY VOICE (Were Denge Min)
Year: 2014
Country: TURKEY, FRANCE, GERMANY
Run Time: 101 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/come-to-my-voice
Topics: Turkey, Kurds, Contemporary World Issues

 

THE BLUE HOUR (La Hora Azul)
Year: 2014
Country: PERU
Run Time: 87 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-blue-hour
Topics: Peru, authoritarianism,

 

A BORROWED IDENTITY (a.k.a. Dancing Arabs)
Year: 2014
Country: ISRAEL
Run Time: 104 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/a-borrowed-identity
Topics: Palestine/Israel

 

ART CONNECT

Year: 2014
Country: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Run Time: 78 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/art-connect
Topics: Trinidad and Tobago, poverty, Contemporary Global Issues

 

PIXADORES
Year: 2014
Country: FINLAND, BRAZIL, DENMARK, GERMANY, SWEDEN
Run Time: 93 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/pixadores
Topics: Brazil, protest, graffiti art

 

OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH
Year: 2015
Country: ETHIOPIA, USA
Run Time: 89 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/omo-child-the-river-and-the-bush
Topics: Africa, Ethiopia, culture

 

FRAME BY FRAME
Year: 2015
Country: AFGHANISTAN
Run Time: 83 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/frame-by-frame
Topics: Afghanistan, conflict, Cold War

 

GUARD DOG (Perro Guardián)
Year: 2014
Country: PERU
Run Time: 88 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/guard-dog
Topics: Latin America, amnesty

 

Europe:

WHITE GOD (Fehér Isten)
Year: 2014
Country: HUNGARY
Run Time: 119 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/white-god
Topics: Europe, identity

 

THE HERO (Heroi)
Year: 2014
Country: KOSOVO
Run Time: 105 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-hero
Topics: Kosovo, War, Veteran

 

A FIGHT FOR (Boj za)
Year: 2014
Country: SLOVENIA
Run Time: 85 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/a-fight-for
Topics: Slovenia, Protest/Occupy Movements

 

FAIR PLAY
Year: 2014
Country: CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, SLOVAKIA
Run Time: 100 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/fair-play
Topic: Cold War, Czechoslovakia, Olympics

 

UNDERDOG (Sveskjävel)
Year: 2015
Country: SWEDEN, NORWAY
Run Time: 97 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/underdog
Topics: Sweden, Norway, migration

 

TO LIFE! (Auf das Leben!)
Year: 2014
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 86 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/to-life
Topics: Berlin, World War II, memory

 

SIXTEEN
Year: 2013
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 80 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/sixteen
Topics: Congo, child soldiers, London

 

SECRETS OF WAR (Oorlogsgeheimen)
Year: 2014
Country: NETHERLANDS
Run Time: 95 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/secrets-of-war
Topics: Holocaust, Dutch Resistance, World War II

 

RUN BOY RUN (Lauf Junge lauf)
Year: 2014
Country: GERMANY, FRANCE
Run Time: 112 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/run-boy-run
Topics: Holocaust, World War II, Poland, Jewish history

 

MEET THE HITLERS
Year: 2015
Country: USA, ECUADOR, GERMANY
Run Time: 84 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/meet-the-hitlers
Topics: History, Identity

 

MACONDO
Year: 2014
Country: AUSTRIA
Run Time: 98 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/macondo
Topics: Chechnya, Vienna, Migration

 

THE AMBASSADOR TO BERN (A berni követ)
Year: 2014
Country: HUNGARY
Run Time: 76 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-ambassador-to-bern
Topics: Cold War, Hungary

 

ATIS
Year: 2014
Country: KOSOVO, GERMANY
Run Time: 20 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/atis
Topics: Kosovo, Postwar Europe

 

14 MILLION SCREAMS
Year: 2014
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 5 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/14-million-screams
Topics: Women and gender, arranged marraige, Contemporary Global Issues

 

Teaching:

THE HOMESTRETCH
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Run Time: 89 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/the-homestretch
Topics: teaching, homelessness, US

 

BEHAVIOR (Conducta)
Year: 2014
Country: CUBA
Run Time: 108 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/behavior
Topic: teaching, Cuba

 

MARIE’S STORY (Marie Heurtin)
Year: 2014
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 94 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/maries-story
Topics: teaching, deaf, blind 18th-century France

 

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
Year: 2015
Country: USA
Run Time: 86 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/most-likely-to-succeed
Topics: American education, reform

 

TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Year: 2015
Country: USA
Run Time: 80 minutes
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/teacher-of-the-year
Topics: teaching, comedy

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