Language: Words Can Hurt film list

15th February, 2017

This film list explores how language can be used as a weapon when it is connected to prejudice and discrimination, as well as how it is used in bullying behaviour.

What we say and the language we use can have a far-reaching impact. Language used with harmful intent or with carelessness can results in prejudice; people afraid to reveal their real identities or pursue their true passions; or deliberate labelling of others in order to gain control over them.

Explore our curated film list below and visit our Language theme page to find out more about our Spring term theme.


ZootropolisZootropolis PG (7+)

Duration: 108mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Cast: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, J.K. Simmons, Shakira, Nate Torrence

Hugely inventive animated adventure about a rookie bunny cop teaming up with a wily fox to solve a set of mysterious disappearances.

The peaceful coexistence of all creatures in Zootropolis is threatened when a series of crimes seems to set predators against prey once again. In an attempt to give the facts, cop on the case Judy gives a press conference, but her words are twisted, causing an atmosphere of fear where old prejudices between the animals rise to the surface.

Long Way NorthLong Way North PG (7+)

Duration: 81mins
Year: 2015
Director(s): Rémi Chayé
Cast: Feodor Atkine, Christa Théret, Antony Hickling, Thomas Sagols, Rémi Caillebot, Audrey Sablé

Animated adventure about a noble Russian teen who sets out on a voyage to track down her grandfather, whose ship was lost en route to the North Pole.

Sasha is a determined young girl who goes on a mission to find her grandfather, who was lost during an expedition, in order to stop the cruel rumours that threaten the familys reputation. Along the way, she proves herself as a capable explorer, despite the crews misgivings about having a girl on board.

Bridge To TerabithiaBridge To Terabithia PG (7+)

Duration: 93mins
Year: 2007
Director(s): Gabor Csupo
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutcherson, Robert Patrick, AnnaSophia Robb, Bailee Madison

Charming family fantasy film following the adventures of two ten-year-old misfits, based on the popular novel.

Taunted for being different, two social outcasts support one another through the bullying by creating their own fantasy world, where the 'monsters' in their lives can be easily conquered. They also learn a valuable lesson when their plan for revenge causes a lot of hurt, forcing them to question their own behaviour.

See the full list of Primary titles here.


PressurePressure 15 (16+)

Duration: 120mins
Year: 1976
Director(s): Horace Ove
Cast: Frank Singuineau, Herbert Norville, Lucita Lijertwood, Oscar James, Sheila Scott-Wilkenson

Widely considered to have kick-started black British cinema, this 1970s film focuses on a black school leaver well-qualified but unable to find a job.

This drama examines how a bright young man's life chances are limited due to institutional racism. Finding himself held back, he becomes increasingly receptive to more radical rhetoric.

3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets PG (7+)

Duration: 98mins
Year: 2015
Director(s): Marc Silver

A documentary which examines the trial of Michael Dunn who, in 2012, killed black teenager Jordan Davis in a dispute over the volume of his car music.

A minor confrontation has tragic consequences in this documentary which reveals the horrific result of unchallenged prejudice when racism is embedded within society.

Berlin '36Berlin '36 PG (11+)

Duration: 97mins
Year: 2009
Director(s): Kaspar Heidelbach
Cast: Axel Prahl, Karoline Herfurth, Sebastian Urzendowsky

German drama showcasing the experience of two athletes in the lead-up to the Berlin-hosted 1936 Olympics, based on a true story.

In this drama, two athletes thrown into a fraught rivalry discover that they both have identities considered undesirable by Nazi state propaganda. While one suffers openly anti-Semitic discrimination, the others fiercely guarded secret is used by the authorities to manipulate them.

See the full list of Secondary titles here.

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