Short Films K-12

These short films, all under 40 minutes, are suitable for students and most are accessible for free online.

Segregated By Design (Film)

Segregated by Design

Film. Directed by Mark Lopez. Written by Mark Lopez and Richard Rothstein. 2019. 18 minutes. An animated documentary of how the federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in the U.S. through law and policy.
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First Light (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

First Light

Film. By Upstander Project. 2015. 13 min. Story of forced removal of Native American children in Maine sent to boarding schools.
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Parent Power

Film. Produced by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. 2011. 35 minutes. A documentary about parents in the Bronx who organized to bring high-quality education to their neighborhood.
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Disability History Week

Film. From Y.O. Disabled and Proud. 2010. 6 minutes. Youth at the 2010 Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud Disability History Campaign Summit YO! explain why they believe disability history should be taught in schools.
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The Power of 504

Film (YouTube video). 18 minutes. Documentary on the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 1977.
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The Story of Stuff Project

Film. By Annie Leonard. 2009. 21 minutes. Series of short films on environmental and economic issues that make complicated issues easy to understand for middle school to adult viewers.
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Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy

Film. Produced by National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. 2001. 28 minutes. Stories of three immigrants (from Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines) to the U.S. and how global institutions and multi-national corporations erode people's capacity to survive in their home countries.
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