International Film Classroom
In 2008, The Film Foundation expanded The Story of Movies to include the International Film Classroom, a cultural exchange program sponsored by IBM and the United States Department of State. The program’s goal is to help U.S. educators, filmmakers, and preservationists share insights and knowledge with their counterparts in China, fostering a mutual appreciation of each culture as it’s expressed through film.
The program launched in May 2008 when a United States delegation traveled to Shanghai and ShangYu to visit schools and participate in discussions about film and education with partners at Shanghai University, Shanghai Film Archive, East Urban High School in Shanghai and Xie Tang Primary School in Shangyu.
In March and April of 2009, a Chinese delegation from partner organizations — Shanghai University, East Urban High School, and Xie Tang Primary School — traveled to New York City and Washington, D.C. The delegates visited Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, NY; Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ; and Meridian Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. At each school, they presented their film education methods and learned how each of the schools had incorporated The Story of Movies into their curriculum. The delegation also traveled to the Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA to view restoration and preservation techniques firsthand.
As a result of the International Film Classroom’s exchange, we are proud to present our Chinese Film Lessons on the films BEIJING BICYCLE (2001, d. Wang Xiaoshuai), THE KING OF MASKS (1996, d. Wu Tianming) and KEKEXILI (2004, d. Lu Chuan). These films were recommended for study by Chinese students as films that might help American students understand more about Chinese culture.
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