Tagged: School Programs

Liyana and the Healing Power of Storytelling

“It is our story and there are no right answer or wrong answers, only good ideas.”

This is how Gcina Mhlope, an acclaimed children’s book writer and activist, sets the tone for the storytelling workshop that five orphaned African children from Swaziland are journeying into.

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Happy New Year from the Education Department!

Happy 2019! We’re thrilled to be starting a new year with so many exciting things on the horizon.

Courses @ the Lab

Registration is open for Winter/Spring programs for kids, teens, and adults. Learners of all ages and experience levels can find the right fit for them, with a wide | more »


Teacher Reflections on Image, Sound, and Story

High school ELA teacher Patrick Taylor attended the JBFCImage, Sound, and StoryTeacher Professional Development last month. Here is his reflection on the professional development experience and the impact the curriculum is already having in his classroom.

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Cinemania Student Critic Review - Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs is a 2018 animated film directed by Wes Anderson, who uses great elements of the country’s language and culture to create a fraught sense of unfamiliarity in the characters throughout the movie. The film is mainly set in Japan. It’s about a 12-year old boy who seeks | more »


High School Student Critic Review: Shea on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner is a 2017 animated film about Parvana, a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan whose father is unjustly arrested, so she must dress as a boy to support her family while they try to find and save her father from prison. The film is directed by Nora Twomey, | more »


High School Student Critic Review - The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey, tells the interesting story of Parvana and her life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Living in poverty, Parvana and her injured father frequent the market to sell what little they have. Despite their living conditions, the family is | more »


Student Critic Review - Jane

The film Jane, directed by Brett Morgen, tells the captivating story of Jane Goodall and her studies and adventures in Africa. Created in part using unseen original footage rediscovered in 2014, the film’s great cinematography and editing allows Jane’s passion and commitment to | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Jane

Jane is a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall told almost exclusively from footage from her actual ventures into Gombe and other parts of Africa. For some context, Jane Goodall is a woman who, with zero scientific training, was sent into the Gombe wilderness to observe | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Seasons

Seasons is a 2016 French documentary directed by Jacques Perrin about the forests of Europe and the wildlife therein, spanning from the last ice age to modern day. Based on the premise alone, one can deduce that this is not a conventionally told story, especially for a | more »


High School Student Critic Review - Before the Flood

Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, explores the strikingly harsh global issue of climate change. Narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the film follows his travels around the world. He visits places like Greenland, India, and Florida, where scientists, politicians, and | more »