The Research Behind What We Do

The next time someone says, “Oh…a movie?” feel free to share the following:

Several research reports in the UK, since 2008, found that the use of film in literacy classrooms resulted in measurable improvements in writing (including more sophisticated vocabulary and more complex sentences), reading, critical and creative thinking skills as well as a host of other personal and interpersonal benefits (Marsh and Bearne, 2008, Brooks, Cooper and Penkem 2012). A European literature review completed in 2009, found similarly profound results in studies done throughout Europe over the last 30 years, regardless of the language of instruction (Bazalgette, 2009).

In her Ted Talk, British Director Beeban Kidron discussed the power of film and its effect on young people. Ted Talk: The Shared Wonder of Film

Consider the research of K. Moti Gokulsing and Wimal Dissanayake, who in Indian Popular Cinema: A Narrative of Cultural Change, state the following, “Cinema clearly opens a most useful window onto a culture and its study brings us intimacy and immediacy unavailable from most other media of communication.”

Check out the following article from Edutopia Film as A Great Motivator

Writer  Francois  Pfaff, in The Africanness of Sembene’s Film Language presents the following: “…most film theorists believe that film may the privileged medium of reality, it is also an art….In all cases, film is fiction derived from the director’s artistic vision based on his or her culture and philosophical and ideological patterns. This fiction is intelligible to the viewer because the filmmaker has adapted it to the viewer’s visual and aural perception through a series of signs and symbols identifiable to both. ”

Learn more about our need for understanding through his piece on “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”