The SXSWedu film program highlights poignant narratives and documentaries focusing on all aspects of education. With films tackling social impacts on learning, peering into the classrooms of Latin America and exploring the journey to becoming a teacher, the film program presents an entertaining and compelling addition to SXSWedu.
Film selections are community driven, just like SXSWedu session content. Filmmakers, producers and community members have submitted many great films for consideration in the 2016 conference. To submit a film for consideration, fill out the Film Submission Form.
|Monday, June 29||Film Submission Process Opens|
|Friday, December 4||Film Submission Deadline|
|December 2015||Notifications of Selection Status|
|January 2016||Final Announcement of Film Screenings|
|March 7-10, 2016||Film Screenings at SXSWedu 2016|
Please note that SXSWedu film is a programming component of SXSWedu. It is distinct from and should not be confused with the SXSW Film Festival.
Visit the past screenings page to see what films have participated in the film program in the past. Check out the list below of films already announced to screen at SXSWedu this March. For more information or questions about film, check out the SXSWedu Film FAQ.
I'm Fighting Back in a Different Way
Follow the self-discovery journeys of Stephanie, Nicole, and Noah—three young adults with learning and attention issues—as they road trip across the country to interview successful individuals who aren’t just coping with learning and attention issues, but thriving.
From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, BOUNCE explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports. The film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, BOUNCE removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today’s sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.
Computer science touches almost every aspect of life, yet women are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking more programmers. With humor and optimism, CODE explores how we reached this crossroad and charts a course toward a more balanced tech workforce delivering superior products designed by and for all.
Rafael Schächter, a young Czech conductor, was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941. There he recruited 150 prisoners and taught them to sing Verdi’s Requiem, performing it 16 times for fellow prisoners in a dank cellar after grueling days of forced labor. In 1944, with only 60 singers remaining after deportations, they were forced to perform before high-ranking SS officers and the International Red Cross to support the myth that the prisoners were well treated. But the text enabled the chorus, as Schächter said, to “sing to the Nazis what they could not say to them, ” showing how the human spirit can triumph over brutality. Now the Terezín legacy is told dramatically in Defiant Requiem.
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." – Malala
IN THE GAME follows the strong young Hispanic girls on the soccer team of Chicago's Kelly High School over four years as they attempt to improve as a team and go on to higher education, guided by a dedicated coach who teaches his players how to face all that life will throw their way.
Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process.
A Cincinnati public school fights to break the cycle of poverty in its Urban Appalachian neighborhood, where senior Raven Gribbins aims to become the first in her troubled family to graduate and go to college. When Principal Craig Hockenberry's job is threatened, it becomes clear it's a make-or-break year for both of them.
Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.
Southeast 67 is the twenty year story of a group of African American students in Washington, D.C. who were promised college scholarships at the age of twelve, yet struggled with daily survival in a neighborhood devastated by the 1980’s crack epidemic.
"Tested"" looks at the lack of racial diversity at the top public high schools in New York City by following a dozen families from different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds as they prepare to pass the grueling entrance exam.
From SXSW Film comes this 90-minute compilation of the best short films directed and produced by Texas High School students in 2015.
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of graduating from a traditional high school. Black Rock’s staff believes that it is empathy and life skills, more than academics, that will best give these at-risk students command of their own futures. The Bad Kids is a coming-of-age story that explores an educational culture that successfully combats the effects of poverty in the lives of these otherwise forgotten teens.
From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.
Director: Kirby Dick
Producer: Amy Ziering
photo by Nicole Burton