There is definitely a buzz around Columbia. This weekend is the 9th edition of the True/False Film Fest and I am really looking forward to watching some great films. All the films at T/F are documentaries, which I think is an amazingly interesting genre of film. Documentaries challenge me to think about people and culture in a new way, stretch my understanding of new topics, and leave me contemplating, wondering, and questioning for days.
These are some of the reasons I think watching documentaries with children can be very powerful. When I taught at SCCS, we would often show documentaries to promote critical thinking and discussion. Below are some docs I’ve seen and recommend for younger viewers. In watching these films with your children, you have a wonderful opportunity to talk about how faith intersects history and culture, as well as marvel at the beauty of the world God made.
Note: For each documentary, I’ve included a link to Kids In Mind, so you can decide for yourself if you feel the movie would be appropriate for your child.
A lovely story about the man behind Elmo, Kevin Clash, and his pursuit of his dream to be a puppeteer. It’s a very well done film that both my husband and I enjoyed and I’m certain children will as well. Kids in Mind
Follow the journey of eight children as they prepare and compete in the National Spelling Bee. It’s funny, serious, and will be sure to promote discussion about the value of hard work and pursuing your dreams. Kids in Mind
This is a stunningly beautiful film that follows the flight patterns of birds. I’ve never looked at birds in the same way after seeing this.*Not on Kids in Mind
Follow the life cycle of the Emperor penguins and learn about love, sacrifice, family, hardship, and beauty. This film has some wonderful life lessons and is an up close look at God’s glorious creation. Kids in Mind
A film about NASA’s moon missions with up close interviews with the astronauts. Very information and captivating for moviegoers of all ages. Kids in Mind
Follow the journey of a loggerhead turtle from hatching to adult and learn about the challenges of life in the Atlantic ocean. A beautiful, humorous, and engaging film.*Not on Kids in Mind