Thursday, February 10, 2011

IFI Education Spring 2011

As the sun sets on a winter which threatened to send us back to the ice age, February heralds several welcome arrivals. The stretching daffodil days of spring around the corner and the new IFI Education Spring/Summer Programme for schools! As the award season heats up and the plaudits curtsy to the multi-Oscar-nominated The King’s Speech, we kick off our programme for schools on February 10th with another critically acclaimed Oscar contender, The Social Network. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the fresh-faced Harvard graduate whose brainwave spawned the social networking phenomenon that has changed the way we communicate, and given him riches beyond that of a monarch. We ran this film for our Teen Film Club back in October and had an overwhelmingly positive response, and so its place in our programme was ensured. A second date is scheduled for March 8th at the IFI, and it will also screen at The Model in Sligo on Mar 10th and Roscommon Arts Centre on April 14th. 
Here are the highlights of our current schools programme:
Made in Dagenham (Mar 1) – humorous feel-good account of the 1968 Ford Dagenham women’s strike for equal pay. Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky) plays the feisty Rita O’Grady, the unwitting figurehead of the striking women.

Burma VJ

Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (Mar 2) – this award-winning documentary is a remarkable compilation of footage secretly shot during the 2007 mass protest by monks in Rangoon, Burma. Suitable for TY Citizenship. We are delighted to welcome Keith Donald, Chairperson of Burma Action Ireland, who will introduce this screening.
The Pipe (Mar 24) - an insight into the ongoing opposition to the Shell pipeline in the small fishing village of Rossport.  Risteard O’Domhnaill’s documentary brings issues of corporate responsibility and community action into sharp focus.
Atonement (Feb 14) – Leaving Cert Comparative Text. Saoirse Ronan gives an Oscar-nominated performance in this acclaimed adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel. A misinterpreted encounter has lasting repercussions for all involved.

I'm Not Scared

I’m Not Scared (Mar 9)Michele’s playful summer days are interrupted by the discovery of a young boy chained and imprisoned in a hole. This loss-of-innocence story set against the rural Italian landscape is an excellent new addition to the Leaving Cert. Comparative Study for 2012.
Also showing - Billy Elliot (Mar 30)
Revision Workshops for Leaving Cert. Comparative study (May 5 & 11).
Gearrscannáin (Mar 15) – to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge we will be showing a selection of Gearrscannáin, including Cáca Milis for Leaving Cert 2012. Carmel NicEoin (SLSS) will guide students through some of the titles.

Panique au village
Panique au village  (Mar 29) – this surreal and wacky animation based on the Belgian cult TV series tells the story of three plastic toys, Cowboy, Horse and Indian, who go on a perilous and hilarious adventure.
Emil und die Detektive (Feb 16) –  after young Emil is robbed of all his money by Max, a smart girl called Pony agrees to help him and a thrilling adventure ensues as the kids chase Max across Berlin in this fun and lively adaptation of a classic German children’s story.
El espíratu de la colmena (Mar 31) – this classic Spanish film set after the Spanish Civil War tells the story of a young girl who finds a wounded Republican soldier in a barn.  Beautiful cinematography frames this story which is a classic tale of childhood imaginings and a political allegory.
Ongoing touring films: Persepolis and John Rabe continue their nationwide tours. Please see here for details.
We have two special events which have a special focus on the promotion and development of visual literacy skills.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim... & Workshop (Apr 6)Michael Cera plays the titular superhero that must vanquish seven superhuman rogues to win the girl of his dreams in this dazzling comic book adaptation. Screening followed by a one-hour workshop on the visual techniques used to bring the modern mythological superheroes to life on the big screen.
Ramona & Beezus (Apr 12) – the antics of young Ramona Quimby and her family are brought to life in this adaptation of the best-selling books for Beverly Cleary. Screening followed by a one-hour workshop looking at how narratives and characters are transformed from the page to the screen.
Africa United (Apr 5) – football prodigy Fabrice and his football-mad friend and manager Dudu embark on an incredible 3,000 mile trek from Kigali to South Africa so Fabrice can take part in the opening ceremony of the World Cup. Suitable for CSPE.
Our IFI Teen Film Club continues this term – to receive information about February’s screening, email your name to teenscreen [at]
The Dublin & Leinster Heats for Fresh Film Festival 2011 will take place on Mar 22nd here at the IFI. For more info contact Fresh on 061 319 555 or
To book for any of the events above or for further details on IFI Education activities, please email schools [at], phone Baz or Dee on 01 679 5744 or check
Looking forward to seeing you at some of these events this term!
Baz Al-Rawi
IFI Education Officer

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