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What films do TOK teachers recommend?

At the start of this year, a colleague and I joked about starting a Films for TOK Cocurricular/ExtraCurricular activity, and that got me thinking – what films would TOK teachers recommend we watch. So I went back to the facebook group and asked the questions.

The list below summarises their answers.

  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Matrix
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The man who knew infinity
  • The Challenger
  • Contact
  • Equilibrium
  • How Long Is a piece of String: Horizon
  • Goodbye Lenin
  • 2001 a space odessy
  • Sophie’s World
  • I love Huckabee
  • Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
  • Memento
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Slaughterhouse 5
  • Mr Death
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Moon
  • Blade Runner (They would both work, but Rutger Hauer`s final speech has excellent TOK context.)
  • The Truman Show
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Soleil
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Inception
  • Arrival (I LOVE Arrival for showing how Language and Science can work together, and also that perception and perspective can inform reality and what making an informed decision can look like and and and (I’m a really huge fan of that movie, even though I cry every time)).
  • Behind the Curve
  • Groundhog day
  • Inside out
  • F for Fake and Rashomon (nature of truth)
  • Waking life
  • Finding Altamaria
  • The Great Hack
  • The Doubt
  • The Ship of Theseus
  • Inception
  • Gattaca
  • Baraka (how to communicate without words/language. Is music a language?)
  • The philosophers
  • Big Fish
  • Sully
  • Who the F@ck is Jackson Pollack
  • Crimson Tide
  • Dinner with Andre
  • Innsaei
  • The Giver
  • The Pervert’s Guide to cinema
  • The Lives of Others

You can download the list at my TES shop:

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/tok-film-list-for-teachers-and-students-12306917

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