Film Club: ‘Fear, Humor, Defiance: How the World Is Reacting to Coronavirus’

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Film Club: ‘Fear, Humor, Defiance: How the World Is Reacting to Coronavirus’

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Teachers: Please note that this week’s film includes powerful and disturbing images — including death and grieving. Be sure to review the film before screening with your class.

Fear, Humor, Defiance: How the World Is Reacting to Coronavirus” is a four-minute film that looks at the impact of the pandemic across the globe. The coronavirus has touched a diverse collection of countries and cultures, but a number of shared experiences have emerged — from grieving the dead to writing songs.

What can we learn from others’ experiences of the coronavirus?

Students

1. Watch the short film above. While you watch, you might take notes using our Film Club Double-Entry Journal (PDF) to help you remember specific moments.

2. After watching, think about these questions:

  • What questions do you still have?

  • What connections can you make between this film and your own life or experience? Why? Does this film remind you of anything else you’ve read or seen? If so, how and why?

3. An additional challenge | Respond to the essential question at the top of this post: What can we learn from others’ experiences of the coronavirus?

4. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)

5. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.