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Portraits of America Democracy on Film

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AFI Silver Theatre

8633 Colesville Rd

Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Portraits of America: Democracy on Film

Presented by: THE FILM FOUNDATION

Hosted by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

This free two-day seminar introduces educators to an interdisciplinary curriculum that challenges
students to think contextually about the role of film as an expression of American democracy.
Screening and discussion activities focus on strategies to:

  • Increase civic engagement by developing students’ critical viewing and thinking skills
  • Give students the tools to understand the persuasive and universal language of moving images, a significant component of visual literacy
  • Explore the social issues and diverse points of view represented in films produced in different historical periods

Morning and afternoon workshops focus on learning how to read a film, principles of cinema literacy, and interpreting film in historical/cultural contexts:

  • Handout materials include screening activities and primary source documents to support and enhance students’ critical thinking skills
  • Afternoon screenings showcase award-winning films, deemed historically and culturally significant by the Library of Congress National Film Registry

Lunch is provided for registered participants

Classroom capacity is limited, so early registration is encouraged


Dates: May 16 - 17

Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring MD 20910

Discipline: Humanities Learning - Civics/ Social Studies/ History/ Geography

Curriculum Connections: History/Government

Grades: 6th - 12th

Ticket capacity: 75




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Silver Spring, MD 20910

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