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Better People Through Movie Watching

CULTURE: In a pilot project in Great Britain, young people watch lots of movies like everyone else, but with a difference. That difference is building character, hope, expectations, and social responsibility. If widely implemented, the approach could plant the seed for better lives, communities, and nations.   

The project began in 2006 when British filmmaker Beeban Kidron and journalist/film critic Lindsay Mackie founded FILMCLUB. It's an educational charity aimed at transforming young people's lives through film. Schools can screen a wide variety of movies at no cost, and afterwards students discuss and review the films. Each week the charity reaches 220,000 children, in over 7,000 clubs.

The impact on young lives is surprising and encouraging. Kidron explains in this video:

Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who successfully navigates between pop culture and society’s darkest underworlds. Kidron is best known for directing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and the Bafta-winning miniseries Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, adapted from Jeannette Winterson’s novel of the same name. She is also the director of two documentaries on prostitution: Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns (1993) and Sex, Death and the Gods (2011), a film about “devadasi,” or Indian “sacred prostitutes.”

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