This month, audiences can screen a Planet Classroom original, Addiction & Art: Spotlight on Dopamine on the Network’s YouTube Channel. The video by artist, author and teacher Margaret Dowell explores addiction through artworks.

In the video, viewers will meet Margaret Dowell who believes in using art as a form of communication in the frozen in time Sunderland schoolhouse.

Dowel’s collection of 4 oil canvases, which include two diptychs, explores the effects of added dopamine by drugs and alcohol. Just like every great lesson taught, it ends in a call of action and empowerment.

Artist Margaret Dowell (MFA in Art, PhD…

Finding one’s passion is not a new challenge, but the story of how Coffin Nachtmahr overcame his struggles and found his passion is a call to action for us all in the documentary Throw, now screening on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel. Viewers will be inspired by Coffin, a Baltimore inner-city adolescent with a speech disorder, who finds purpose and confidence in throwing Yo-Yos as well as building his own company to inspire others. …

This month audiences can screen Facing the Myths on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel. It is a short documentary film about LGBTQ+ youth living in the Middle East and North Africa. With intimacy and humor, the featured young activists (who speak in front of or hide behind the camera because they fear arrest and discrimination), literally pick out hurtful questions and comments from a wooden box and debunk their mistruths. Through their banter, the audience learns they share the same common core values we all want, such as acceptance, sexual freedom, and marriage. …

This month on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube channel, audiences can screen The Letter. This moving short film is dedicated by its director to the children of migrants, many of whom can only communicate with their parents by writing letters.

The film focuses on two sisters who live in a village with their elderly grandmother. Their mother has traveled to another country to earn higher wages to support them. Through letters, mother and daughters share their love as they mourn each other’s absence. …

This season on the Planet Classroom Network, audiences will be able to see some outstanding examples of SIMA Studios’ work with independent filmmakers for free.

Notable film presentations in Season 1 include Lucan Guilkey’s BAFTA Award winning film, What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong. Directed by Nicky Newman, From the Same Soil portrays the lives of two gay men and one transgender woman who left their home countries because of discrimination and persecution. Detroit Hives explores the importance of bringing diversity to bee-keeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time. Directed by C. …

This month on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel, audiences can screen Luis Barreto’s film, Peace Boat. The documentary features young activists as they travel the world, warning governments and civilians of the ravages of climate change and nuclear waste. The activists visit Lisbon, Bordeaux, London, Edinburgh, Reykjavik and New York. The film culminates with a personal, heartrending speech from a displaced team member, as she reveals how the horrible destruction of our planet has left her homeless.

Karen Hallows is responsible for the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Program that the film is about. Her organization, Peace Boat, commissioned…

This month on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel, audiences can screen 5000 Miles Apart. The film juxtaposes youth in Morocco and youth in California, U.S. — who are able to connect, albeit virtually, despite the distance and differences that separate them. It is curated for the Planet Classroom Network by Global Nomads. As part of the Global Nomads Group Campfire program, the students share stories of their day-to-day lives, their interests and their aspirations with each other. …

This month on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel, audiences can screen 106 Days, an invigorating visual collection of moments captured by filmmaker Claire Imler’s voyage to 9 countries around the world during the Spring 2019 Semester at Sea.

Through her vignettes, Claire’s experiences run the gamut from the everyday mundane to the magical and mystical. Audiences will see how she interacts with the locals, letting you vicariously experience how others live their lives. Cultural experiences always inspire us to learn more about yourself, and have compassion for others along the way.

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