As winter continues on, people are busily working through their NetFlix queues. Included in this post is a list of good films to add to your queue to get you thinking about leadership, education, and often the overlap in our careers and lives. Some of the films are informational pieces, others are inspirational, and each is selected for its usefulness in providing meaningful story examples that can be used in our classes. Enjoy the list below:
1. Happy (2011)
Through interviews and research, the film-makers take on the topic of what makes happy people happy. How much of happiness is a learnable skill and how can we learn it? This film is well worth the time it takes to explore and examine the light and deep sides of happiness.
More Info: http://www.thehappymovie.com/
2. Burn (2012)
The events and portrayals of the real life struggles of Detroit's financially-strapped fire department show an example of courage and conviction. This film follows the fire fighters and it's commissioner for one year and is not without some controversial moments in leadership.
More Info: http://www.detroitfirefilm.org/
3. Miss Representation (2011)
"You can't be what you can't see." Featuring interviews with strong female leaders such as Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, and Condoleezza Rice, this film has created a movement around creating better representations of how women and girls are portrayed in the media.
More info: http://film.missrepresentation.org/
4. Please Vote For Me (2007)
Set in China, three classmates compete for the role of class-monitor of their third-grade class. Where the norm is having the student-leader position be selected, the teacher determines that this year's leader will be elected by his or her peers.
More info: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/pleasevoteforme/
5. Senna (2010)
This Sundance Film Festival winner chronicles the journey of Ayrton Senna, a motor-racing champion from Brazil. The story follows Senna on his rise to fame, his rivalries, and his growing concerns over the safety of the sport.
More info: http://www.sennamovie.com/
What movies or films would you add to the list above? Use the comments below to share your own personal picks.
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