Education is a primary goal of our mission at Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah. In addition to providing the local community with singular access to films on critical contemporary issues, we also reach school-age audiences with our educational outreach program, Mountainfilm for Students. Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah works in collaboration with the Savannah Chatham Public School System to identify local middle and high schools to participate in our education outreach program.
Mountainfilm for Students is an educational and entertaining playlist of 5–10 documentary shorts. Playlists cover a variety of topics, designed to educate and inspire students. After viewing the films, students participate in Q & A sessions with directors and personalities from the films. And, in an effort to continue the conversations and ideas sparked at the film screenings, educational materials for teachers accompany many of the films. These materials include filmmaker/subject interviews, discussion questions, activities and more.
Objectives, Outcomes, & Impact
Over the last several years, we have seen student attendees take action as a result of their participation in Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah. Several schools have started their own recycling programs. And, after viewing the film, With My Own Two Wheels, which featured students in remote villages of India and Africa walking miles and miles to reach school each day, Savannah students raised money to purchase bicycles for children from the film.
By promoting environmental and cultural awareness, Mountainfilm for Students encourages students to become responsible and informed citizens. The films and Q & A sessions foster an environment of critical thinking. The messages inspire and invite students to engage in discussions and ask questions about their world and their generation’s role in shaping the future.
Mountainfilm for Students delivers an empowering message: We all play a role in shaping the future and yes, our voices indeed matter.
For now, we will leave the reference to City of Savannah grant at bottom. May need to remove if we don’t get grant this year!
This program is sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Weave – A – Dream program.
Click here to download a sample copy of the educational materials.