Film Curriculum Guides

Film Curriculum Guides


War Dance
War Dance is a documentary film that follows students from war-torn northern Uganda to the National Music Festival in the nation's capital, Kampala. This powerful and uplifting film addresses many human rights issues endemic to conflict, from internally displaced persons to child soldiers while highlighting the role that music and dance plays in these children's lives. To purchase a copy of the film, please visit our partners at Shine Global.

The Kite Runner
The Human Rights Education program of AIUSA and Participant Productions are proud to present the companion curriculum guide for the film The Kite Runner, due out in theaters December 2007. The Kite Runner is adapted from the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini which explores the friendships of two boys in Afghanistan. The companion curriculum guide is a comprehensive teaching tool that includes five lesson plans designed to give learners a deeper understanding of the themes presented in the film.

Born Into Brothels
Born into Brothels is an Academy Award winning documentary film about youth empowerment and the transformative power of art and education. This companion curriculum guide is geared towards both middle and high school learners and contains various lesson plans and activities that explore the major themes of the film. The Human Rights Education program would like to thank the wonderful people at Kids with Cameras for their collaboration on this project. Take Action for Housing Rights and the Fight Against Poverty!

Darfur Now
Darfur Now is a documentary about the struggles and achievements of six different individuals from inside Darfur and around the world that brings to light the tragedy in Sudan and shows how the actions of one person can make a difference to millions.

Blood Diamond
Amnesty International USA has put together a teacher's guide to accomany the Warner Brother's production Blood Diamond. The teacher's guide includes lesson plans, a glossary, discussion questions and materials for further study. The guide provides students with insight to explore individual as well as collective and social responsibility. The Human Rights Education Program would like to thank Rebecca Catron, Alison Cordeiro, Adriane Alicea, Melissa Robinson, and Amy O'Meara for helping conceive and create this resource.

Catch A Fire
The Human Rights Education program of AIUSA is proud to present a companion curriculum to the recent film Catch a Fire, directed by Phillip Noyce. Both the film and companion guide address themes of justice and reconciliation, as well as motivators for social change and the concepts of personal and collective responsibility. The companion guide includes three lesson plans as well as discussion questions geared towards high school and college aged students

Hotel Rwanda
The first film companion guide produced by the HRE program at AIUSA, this curriculum consists of three lessons and various activities for teachers and activists to use in conjunction with a screening of the film.


In Plain Sight

In collaboration with WITNESS, Amnesty International USA is delighted to announce the launch of its new Human Rights Education program, In Plain Sight.

Consisting of six thought provoking DVDs and detailed lesson plans, the In Plain Sight Program provides educators with essential tools to effectively promote human rights within our secondary schools. Specific areas addressed include the juvenile justice system, child soldiers and gender inequalities. These resources are available to schools and colleges throughout the USA and provide an invaluable tool for ensuring the effective promotion of human rights to a new generation of human rights activists.

Obtaining the materials
Thanks to the generous support of the Education Foundation of America, AIUSA and WITNESS are able to offer this exciting program for free.

In Plain Sight: uploaded here.


About The Guides

The six DVDs enumerated below address the following human rights issues:

A Duty to Protect: Justice for Child Soldiers in the D.R.C.
Running time: 14:10 minutes
Advocacy Partner: Association des Jeunes pour le Dévelopment Intégré à Kalundu


System Failure: Violence, Abuse, and Neglect in the California Youth Authority
Running Time: 32 minutes
Co-Producers: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' Books Not Bars project / WITNESS.


Amazon Watch 2006 Compilation DVD
Chevron Texaco on Trial, 5 min
Peru's Camisea Project, 12 min.
Co-Producers: Amazon Watch / WITNESS.


Rise: Revolutionary Women Re-envisioning Afghanistan
Running Time: 13 minutes
Co-Producers: Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan / WITNESS


Equal Access: Integrated Education for the Romani Children in Bulgaria
Running Time: 16 minutes
Co-Producers: DROM / WITNESS


Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture, and Disappearances in the "War on Terror"
Running Time: 27 minutes
Co-Producers: 14 U.S. and international human rights and civil rights organizations