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Screening Stories for Kids: Children’s Media in Documentary Film

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This two-session class will explore recent documentary films about the creation and impact of iconic children’s TV shows and animated films.  The first class will discuss Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018) about the life, lessons, and legacy of Fred Rogers and from the late 1960s through the 80s.  The second class will focus on Life, Animated (2016), which recounts the story of Owen Suskind, an autistic young man who was nonverbal until he discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing himself in Disney movies.  We will also consider the short film “Inclusion on the Air” (2018) about the long-time Sesame Street writer Emily Kingsley and her work to incorporate children with disabilities on the show.  Since its inception during the mid twentieth century, children’s television has been controversial, with public debates volleying between negative and positive impacts.  While these films are generally celebratory, we will deliberate the limitations of commercial media and public television to enhance the emotional and intellectual lives of young people.  Come share your thoughts, insights, and personal memories of children’s television — as a child, parent, teacher, or grandparent. Note: students will need to view films for this class on their own; films are available on DVD at libraries or via various internet streaming services.


Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Westchester Reform Temple

Lori Rotskoff 



Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/6/2019 - 11/20/2019 Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM Scarsdale, Westchester Reform Temple  Map Lori Rotskoff