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Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film



Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.

Missed the list of films? Here it is again for you to immerse yourself:

– Miracle in Milan, Vittorio de Sica (1951)
– Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle (2008)
– Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Frank Capra (1939)
– Hotel Rwanda, Terry George (2004)
– Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg (1993)
– To Sir, with Love, James Clavell (1967)
– Persepolis, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi (2007)
– Jaws, Steven Spielberg (1975)
– The Diary of Anne Frank, George Stevens (1959)
– The Great Escape, John Sturgese (1963)
– Shoah, Claude Lanzmann (1985)
– Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl (1935)
– The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming (1939)
– Citizen Kane, Orson Welles (1941)
– Boyz n the Hood, John Singleton (1991)
– Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Ron Howard (1995)
– Ben Kingsley as Gandhi in Gandhi, Richard Attenborough (1982)
– Eve Harrington from All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)
– Howard Beale from Network, Sidney Lumet (1976)
– Mildred Pierce, Michael Curtiz (1945)
– Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

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37 thoughts on “Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film

  1. Bullshit: In order to understand the genocide of Rwanda, the Germany's holocaust during WW2, income inequaiity, or racism, we need to hope some film maker will make a for profit movie to explain historical events with music soundtrack to boot. Entertainment is destroying our society as in intellectually and physically. We sit behind our screens small or big and gorge ourselves, "Alone" mind you, on the buffet of video from either Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or cable providers. Entertainment is what it is the vacuous activity of loosing ourselves in fiction, watching someone else story, and not crafting our own. this is pure "Bullshit"

  2. Love film. Even if it's shot on a modern digital camera, if the people making it love film, you still get film. This speech seems a very graceful way of capturing the culture of film away from the sensationalistic trend of today's blockbuster culture.

  3. Excelente vídeo, que da cuenta cómo el Cine puede ser una metodología poderosa, capaz de motiva e incentivar a jóvenes.
    Además una forma lúdica y entretenida de despertar la curiosidad, el comentario y el pensamiento reflexivo de los jóvenes.

  4. It's not a matter of whether Video Games CAN be the next great art, but WILL they. The game industry grew so quickly, and structured itself off of modern hollywood. Only, modern hollywood is different that what it was, and could not of created the greats wonders that were listed in this TED talk.

    The fear is that gems like Bastion, Shadow of the Colossus, and Journey will become even less frequent, and entertaining but ultimately shallow pop-games like Halo and CoD will be the standard.

  5. I am a 20 year old citizen of the US, and though I agree I am young, I am offended to have my generation's culture described as 'restless and fragmented.' I think it is a huge mistake to assume that my culture is the culture I should raise my children in. Every generation creates it's own iteration of culture. Though culture change speeds up alongside technological progress, there is nothing wrong with our culture. If we need to know where we came from, we will take care of that.

  6. Some of the previous posters are missing the message. It's about the power of film, not the organisations behind the distribution etc. The flickering images on the big screen should move, educate and entertain. Simple.

  7. VGs are certainly definitely significant, but I think the play time is generally too long for to completely override a film's place in mass culture consumption.

  8. i think the point is that the medium of film serves as a more excellent form of narrative, and a platform for discussion, than the current school system of teaching by rhetoric.

  9. She's telling a story about institutions. Academic institutions, film institutions, the institution of the state, the institution of the family. But behind, and underneath all these institutions are people, don't hear their voices coming thru very much in her talk. I wonder how long more slathering false sentiment over everything is going to work, No wonder Hollywood has taken to just distracting people instead

  10. She is a great talker, but in this case she hides with inspirational trills that she's ultimately not saying very much. It seems clear they have an incredible program for these kids, and that's great – and there's no doubt that people of all age can get a lot out of amazing movies, but the premiss that there is a narrative erosion now that is "fear of God" worthy, is to have a very shallow understanding of film history and the spectrum of films that each year's great movies stand out from.

  11. My point was that if you want to teach people how to construct a narrative, I would make more sense to use a blossoming format, not a fading one. I don't propose to burn all books and films, I'm just pointing out that all that we call classics are not divinely inspired brand new jewels of knowledge, they are just impressive recombinations of pieces of preceding art empowered by technological advances. An epic, a play, a poem, a cartoon, a video game — they all can teach about love and betrayal.

  12. … Me… I'm going to assume I'm part of the future of this Planet what with finishing school this year, I will propose that the new art form of choice are video games. And obviously there will be people who disagree simply because they cannot imagine video games as art, but you will see that my generation will baffle you all with the worlds and epics we create. Sincerely yours: the future

  13. The thing about art is it's recycling nature. All the great themes and topic are constantly repeated. Almost no one reads Ancient Greek dramas, yet almost everyone experienced their reincarnations in modern art from award-winning bestsellers to the cheesiest soap operas and comics. It's futile to cling to every single masterpiece, as life is too short and the brain is too small. Every single sentiment from your favorite movies will persist forever, even if tomorrow it'll be a part of a pesky ad.

  14. One one hand the project she has started is great. Giving early exposure to significant cinema and giving an interactive way for the children to experience it, is phenomenal. But I heavily disagree with her views. Access to media has never been better and not just that but there are hundreds of places where you can debate and share your experiences. Nor do I think quality has declined. Exposure is the problem.

  15. As far as what we see in theaters it is worse. The quality of storytelling has eroded over the years in Hollywood. At this point it is entirely up to those outside the studio system to produce good work.
    The real problem is that most people don't know what a good story is, and so they don't expect anything better. I still cringe when a friend says "that was a good movie", and it was CLEARLY crap. They don't know what good is anymore, like eating only mcdonalds, they don't know what real food is.

  16. i believe the same as einstein and socrates.
    you will only learn when you want to, schools these days demand and strugle..

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