Films BYkids pairs master filmmakers with teenagers from around the world to create short personal documentaries that encourage understanding and engagement about globally relevant issues. The young storytellers featured in Films BYkids grew up experiencing the effects of exile, illiteracy, disease, war, and bigotry.

Learn tips and strategies for teaching with digital media, get the story behind the FILMS BYKIDS series, and find out about ways to enrich and expand student understanding with this free webinar recording from EdWeb.

Additional classroom resources are available on the BYkids website. You can watch the full-length films on Thirteen.org. Extend the learning with PenPal Schools, an organization that connects students from around the world to learn and share perspectives on Films BYkids .

What educators are saying about Films BYkids:

The films are fascinating for me and my students. They offer a perspective that my American students rarely see–that of a child in another part of the world.” 

“The films not only inform, they engage students’ imagination and passion–which is always at the heart of true learning, true understanding and insight.” 

“[These films are] important in building bridges of understanding across cultures.”

AGAINST THE CURRENT Educational Material

BUDDHISM, BHUTAN AND ME Educational Material

L’CHAIM Educational Material

FAITH’S WORLD Educational Material

Finally, a THIRTEEN blog features POET AGAINST PREJUDICE in a roundup of Arab Americans in the news and films, a bit of NY history, and featured partners including BYkids. https://www.thirteen.org/blog-post/arab-american-heritage-month/