Education Screenings & Study Guides

Education Screenings

The Education Screening Program is designed with the goals of fostering cultural understanding, promoting media literacy and engaging critical thinking skills in Chicago Public School students. Established in 1992, the Program provides Chicago Public School students and educators access to international, documentary, short and local films – introducing this audience to new cultures and languages as well as thought-provoking themes and perspectives through cinema. Annually, Cinema/Chicago brings over 7,000 students from more than 45 Chicago Public Schools into theaters throughout the school year, which will be held at The DuSable Museum of African American History for the 2017-2018 academic year for unique, one-of-a-kind screenings.

Our goals are not only to give students from across the city and of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to view one-of-a-kind films but also, in the process, to transform them from passive audience members to active, engaged viewers and thinkers. Because Chicago Public School teachers have limited financial resources to provide students with field trip experiences, Cinema/Chicago provides buses, theaters, films, speakers, study guides, and teacher support entirely free of charge.

Study Guides

Prior to Education Screenings, study guides are provided to give students background to the cultural context of the films, highlight themes and historical references and introduce questions that encourage personal examination of the films’ subject matter. Each screening is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, subjects and/or film professionals and professors.

Study guides from past Education Screenings are available to educators to use any time in the classroom. For additional questions or lesson ideas, as well as where to find past films, please contact Education Manager Lauren Ponto.

Past Study Guides

5 Girls
A Light Beneath Their Feet
A Wedding in Ramallah
Adama
Alice Walker Beauty in Truth
All Power to the People
Amandla
Anne B. Real
Atom Smashers
Battleground
Benji 
Blindsight
Boys of Baraka
Brooklyn Castle
Brown Sugar
Bully
Central Station
Chasing Fireflies
Circo
Circus Kids
Copyright Criminals
Cronos
Dark
Day of the Crows 
Deaf Jam

Duck Season
Evolution of a Criminal
Flex Is Kings
For Grace
Forbidden Games
Girls On The Wall
Go For It!
Good Morning
Grand Illusion
Grey Gardens
Harlem Aria
Heat Wave
In the Game
I’ve Seen The Unicorn
Kinyarwanda
La Playa D.C. 
Lalee’s Kin
Legacy
Lemon Tree
Life After Death
Lift
Louder Than a Bomb
Mad Hot Ballroom
Made In China
Marie’s Story
Mary & Max
Minerva’s Quest
Monsieur Lazhar
Mooz-lum
More Than a Month
My Architect
My Good Enemy
My Life as McDull
Noi Albinoi
Notorious
Of Boys And Men
Off White Lies 
One Week
Otelo Burning 
Patang
Persepolis
Pressure Cooker
P*Star Rising
Public Enemy
Racing Dreams
Rain
Rashamon
Real Women Have Curves
Refugee
Runaway
Salaam Dunk
Set Me Free
Shake the Dust
Sole Survivor
Something Necessary
Soul Food Junkies
Spellbound
Strictly Ballroom
Swing
The Agronomist
The Athlete
The Chorus
The Class 
The Closer We Get
The Girls on Liberty Street
The HomestretchThe Interrupters
The Last Just Man
The Manchurian Candidate
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Visitor
The Way He Looks
The Wooden Camera
Those Who Remain
Tomboy
Tough Bond
Triplets of Belleville
Trust
Undefeated
Unknown Solder
Valentin
Violet Perfume
Wadjda
Walking Distance
War Dance
War Witch 
Wattstax
Wolfskinder