PHILOSOPHY AND FILM

Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? Students will engage in philosophical debates through viewing and discussing the films.

DATES: WEEK 2 (6/13-6/17)
​TIME: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 7-12
​​TUITION: $550
TECHNICAL/MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS: None
INSTRUCTORS: Anna Le Roy
LOCATION: On-campus @ Bridges Academy

Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? Why we exist? What’s real and what’s an illusion? Students will engage in philosophical debates through viewing and discussing the films.

Students will examine three central questions. With The Matrix or The Truman Show, students will learn about Plato and the question of what is real. Through Blade Runner or Ex Machina, students will examine the question of how do we know that we exist? And with I Heart Huckabees or The 7th Seal, students will examine Kierkegaard’s question of how, given the uncertainty about ourselves and the world, we create meaning out of life.

While watching the films, students will be guided in seeing the connections between the philosophers and these questions, and they will be able to analyze how these films dramatize these ideas and enrich the conversation. As a product, students will choose one film, perform an analysis of it, and create and publish a podcast that analyzes the film. In Philosophy and Film, students will hone their creative thinking skills, their ability to articulate complex ideas, have fun, and share their wonder and curiosity with their peers.


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