IoF Team Favorites: Films to Teach

IoF Team Favorites: Films to Teach

August 1, 2017 Blog

A great film can spark discussion and animate your classroom. Whether you’re teaching a course in ethnic studies or queer theory, giving your students the opportunity to engage with an audiovisual text can shift their thinking, and push your pedagogy in new and unforeseen directions. Here are our favorite films to teach:

Cathy (President + Lead Editor): “I have several films I love to teach: Girls Rock! The Movie (about Girls Rock Camp); Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire 1898–1904; Maquilapolis; FTF: Female to Femme. All bring something unique to the classroom.”

Alex (Communications Director): “I love teaching Paris is Burning. It brings up questions of identity, community, performance, authorship, sexuality, race, embodiment, and more. It also showcases the incredible artistry, love and power of ball culture and queer of color communities who built up something so powerful amid terrible circumstances.”

Julia (Grad School Rockstars Coach): “I’ve always loved to work with Black Is/Black A’int by Marlon Riggs

Kate (Grad School Rockstars Coach):Fruitvale Station is especially powerful to bring to the classroom.”

Sarah (Senior Editor):Battle of Algiers—and I just edited the memoir of one of the real-life characters!”

Michelle (Junior Editor): “When teaching a unit on science and technology I really enjoy teaching Sleep Dealer and Ex Machina. If we’re discussing prisons and hunger strikes, my favorite is Hunger by Steve McQueen.”

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About the author

Alexandra Sastre: Alexandra is a Contributing Writer at Ideas on Fire, as well as a feminist media studies scholar whose research focuses on the body as a critical communicative tool.