Lesson Plan

  • Grades 9-10,
  • Grades 11-12

Honest Truths: Ethics in Documentary Film

Resources

The Films

POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs
The film’s official POV site includes a discussion guide with additional activity ideas and resources.

The Distant Barking of Dogs: Official Film Website
The film’s official website provides information on the film and filmmakers, as well as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Oleg and the War
The official website for the children’s version of The Distant Barking of Dogs.

POV: On Her Shoulders: Official Film Website
The film’s official POV site includes a discussion guide with additional activity ideas and resources.

On Her Shoulders
The film’s official website provides information on the film and filmmakers, as well as the 2014 Yazidi genocide in Iraq.

POV: The Act of Killing
The film’s official POV site includes a discussion guide with additional activity ideas and resources.

The Act of Killing: Official Film Website
The film’s official website provides information on the film and filmmakers, as well as the 1965 Indonesian genocide.

POV: Media Literacy Questions for Analyzing POVFilms
This list of questions provides a useful starting point for leading rich discussions that challenge students to think critically about documentaries.

AMC Filmsite.org: Film Terms Glossary
An illustrated index of film terms.

American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact
An innovation lab and research hub focusing on independent, documentary, entertainment and public media for social impact and resources for educators.

Columbia Journalism Review
Resources for journalists, educators and professionals in communications, technology, academia and other fields reliant on media industry knowledge.

International Documentary Association
Comprehensive resources for all aspects of documentary production, funding, analysis and outreach.

Newseum
Educational programs and resources with a focus on journalism, civil society, the First Amendment and media literacy.

Society of Professional Journalists: Journalist’s Toolbox
A free journalism education website from the Society of Professional Journalists contains resources, guides, articles and educational materials.

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