The World in Film

The World in Film

Summer Institute for k-12 Teachers

June 22 - 24, 2022

Film is a powerful medium. For many young people today, film and video are the primary medium for acquiring information, understanding the world, and communicating ideas. The 2022 ORIAS Summer Institute for k-12 teachers will explore films from around the world that grapple with questions of identity: race, ethnicity, social class, urban/rural divisions, belief systems, gender, and sexuality. Guest speakers will contextualize the films and share techniques for critical film-viewing. Participants will discuss how films from the program could be used in classrooms. Attendees will have access to the films for use in their teaching.

ORIAS will offer stipends of $200 to a limited number of participants who are interested in developing a viewing guide for one of the films used during the program. Professional development credit is also available upon request.

This institute is open to k-12 teachers across disciplines. There is no cost to attend. This program will take place in person; there is currently no online option. Space is limited to 24 people.

Photo Credit: L zizi film via flickr (license)


Wednesday, June 22

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Check in and breakfast

9:30 - 9:40 AM


Shane Carter + Jason Whiton

9:40 - 11:20 AM

Keynote Presentation

Anne Nesbet

11:20 - 11:25 AM


11:25 - 11:50 AM

Teaching Discussion

Shane Carter + Jason Whiton

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 - 2:00 PM

Film: And So We Put The Goldfish In The Pool

Speaker: Chelsea Ward

2:00 - 2:15 PM

transit to Pacific Film Archive

2:15 - 5:00

Film: Grit

Speaker: Sasha Friedlander

Thursday, June 23

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Check in and breakfast

9:30 - 11:50 AM

Film: Guie'dani's Navel

Speaker: Iván Sandoval-Cervantes

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM


12:20 - 12:50 PM

Discussion: Guie'dani's Navel

Speaker: Iván Sandoval-Cervantes

12:50 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:15 PM

Film: Earth's Children

Speaker: Diego Sarmiento

2:15 - 2:30 PM

transit to Pacific Film Archive

2:30 - 5:00

Film: Our School

Speaker: Mona Nicoară

Friday, June 24

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Check in and breakfast

9:30 - 11:50 AM

Film: Rafiki

Speaker: Ivy Mills

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM


*Because of the time difference, we'll begin our session with the next speaker while eating.

12:15 - 2:00 PM

Film: A Kiss

Speaker: Moos Pozzo

2:00 -2:15 PM


2:15 - 3:45 PM

Film: Three Songs for Benazir

Speaker: Elizabeth and Gulistan Mirzaei

3:45 - 4:00 PM


4:00 - 5:00 PM

Teaching Discussion

Shane Carter + Jason Whiton

5:30 - 6:45 PM

Optional Evaluation Dinner

Evaluator: Alisha Kirchoff

When & Where

Where: The Institute will be held at the ORIAS office, at 1995 University Ave, Suite 510, in downtown Berkeley. We will also do some film-viewing at BAMPFA.

When: See the agenda to the left for daily schedule information. Please arrive during the breakfast and check-in period or at breaks.

Registration: Register via this form. You will get an immediate notification that your information was submitted, followed by a confirmation.

Accessibility: If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Shane Carter at with as much advance notice as possible.

Transit & Parking: ORIAS is located close to several AC Transit bus lines and only three blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. If at all possible, it is recommended that you take public transit. If you drive, you can learn about parking options here.


And so we put goldfish in the pool.(TRAILER-COMMENT ver.)

Official Trailer | Grit | POV | PBS

Guie'dani's Navel. A film by Xavi Sala. Trailer in English (2019)

Hijos de la tierra (Earth's children) - Trailer

Our School teaser

'Rafiki' - Official Trailer (Exclusive)

A KISS | short film

Three Songs for Benazir | Official Trailer | Netflix

Learn More

Teaching Resources: See all the materials from the ORIAS Summer Program, including guides to cinematic terms/concepts, blank viewing guides, and teacher-created viewing guides for each film in our program.

Additional Resources: This set of links includes lots of places to find short films, and more.

Audiovisual Lexicon for Media Analysis: This set of videos offers short explanations of terms and concepts used in critical analysis of film.

FilmEd Classroom: Streaming films and lesson plans from the New York International Children's Film Festival.

Kuleshov Effect: an example of this important technique in cinematography. 

"Using films to encourage reflection and critical thinking in your teaching" by Noam Schimmel in The Campus