ALBERT M. GREENFIELD STUDENT SCREENING PROGRAM
We would love to host you and your students for a morning of outstanding and engaging film at the Philadelphia Film Society! Our free trips run through the end of the school year and include a film screening, a detailed curriculum packet for each film complete with discussion prompts, pre and post-viewing activities and connections with learning standards. This year, we are happy to offer the opportunity to engage further with PFS through in-school pre-screening activities and post-screening activities and discussions both led by PFS staff.
Field trips can be booked Mondays – Thursdays with a 10:00 AM film start time. The Greenfield Screening Room can accommodate 96 audience members, including both students and chaperones. We require one chaperone for every 10 students.
There is no admission fee to attend a film. Transportation and any costs associated are up to each school to cover. Through generous support from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, we are able to offer bus reimbursements of up to $100.00 for qualifying schools. Please indicate if you would like to be considered in the application form.
Applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your desired trip. If you would like to reserve your trip, please fill out our application form.
2020 FILM TITLES
BADDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ
Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater | USA | 2015 | 90 MIN
The Emmy award nominated BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as “a woman with razor blades between my teeth.” A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement and inspiration to today’s hip hop spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped to redefine American culture and politics as an activist in the Black, women’s and peace movements.
Nora Twomey | Canada | 2017 | 94 MIN
This captivating animated film follows the journey of Parvana, a young girl who must find a job to provide for her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. When her father is suddenly arrested for being an intellectual, Parvana becomes the breadwinner, disguising herself as a boy and finding work in the streets of Kabul. In order to save her father and reunite her family, she overcomes many obstacles in a war-torn, difficult environment and becomes a face of bravery and courage.
Berni Goldblat | France | 2017 | 84 MIN
Exciting and insightful, WALLAY tells the story of Ady, a young boy sent from his home in France to live with his external family in Burkina Faso. At odds with his father who is raising him alone, Ady is thrown into a new world in Africa where he must navigate relationships with his extended family members and a different set of cultural values. This narrative film showcases the challenges of living within a new culture while learning the value of family.
Jiu-liang Wang | China | 2016 | 86 MIN
China is the world’s leading importer of plastic waste from Japan, Korea, Europe, and the United States. Within the country, there are thousands of individual recycling operations. This documentary film follows one of these recycling plants and the families that live in and operate it. Yi-Jie, the film’s protagonist is an unschooled, 11 year old girl who helps her father tirelessly in the plant and exhibits fantastic imagination and positivity. Despite poor living and working conditions, the characters in PLASTIC CHINA exhibit strong will and determination.
Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley | USA | 2015 | 84 MIN
This inspiring documentary follows a unique youth orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, and chronicles their success under trying circumstances. Their musical instruments are constructed out of recycled garbage, proving to be both a challenge and a fact that sets them apart. The orchestra, under the musical direction of Favio Chavez, exists because of the resourcefulness of people living in difficult conditions, and proves that music is a tool that has the power to transform communities.
Likarion Wainaina | Kenya | 2018 | 74 MIN
Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.