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 the Ideas on Fire team members’ favorite films to teach.

Alexandra Sastre (Contributing Writer)

  • “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 Jordan-Zachery (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

Kate Drabinski (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

Sarah Grey (Editor)

  • Battle of Algiers—and I just edited the memoir of one of the real-life characters!”

Michelle Velasquez-Potts (Junior Editor and Researcher)

Cathy Hannabach (Founder & CEO):

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