The Global Search for Education: Common Thread: The Desire for a Sustainable Planet for Our Children

C. M. Rubin
3 min readJan 10, 2024

This month, audiences can screen Common Thread on the Planet Classroom Network. This film is curated for the Planet Classroom Network by KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

Common Thread is a visionary film by Director Frank Fazzio, uniting global filmmakers.

This project’s essence is simple yet profound: filmmakers and interviewees share a common thread — a commitment to a sustainable, thriving planet for future generations. Audiences are invited to witness their collective dedication across nations in this impactful cinematic journey.

The Global Search for Education is pleased to welcome Frank Fazzio.

Frank, what motivated you to initiate a project that intertwined filmmakers and children to address global warming in Common Thread?

Over the past five years, I’ve dedicated myself to global films, such as Common Thread, which explores concerns over Global Warming impacting the world. My motivation for this film was to hear children’s and filmmakers’ honest perspectives worldwide, driving me to connect with them for the future of our planet and children.

How did you navigate the storytelling to ensure the voices and perspectives of diverse cultures were authentically represented?

By carefully and genuinely collaborating with filmmakers worldwide, children, and their families on the vision and importance of telling this story, Common Thread became a challenging yet rewarding journey for us all. To ensure authentic representation in this film, I spent a year collaborating with the filmmakers. I take pride in the initial months of research and preparation, providing filmmakers with technical details and the film’s vision while welcoming collaborative input.

In what ways do you hope this film will inspire actionable change regarding climate issues among its audiences?

As a passionate filmmaker committed to socially relevant filmmaking, my hope is that our global film projects, influencing communities, serve as opportunities to inspire and initiate conversations among people worldwide. I aim to raise awareness about the profound importance of getting involved in any way possible for the sake of our planet and our children’s future.

What were some of the most impactful moments or insights you gained while working with these young individuals from various countries on this project?

Some of my most impactful moments and insights were gained while working on this film with young individuals from various countries. My awareness was heightened that regardless of the crisis — whether it’s Covid, Global Warming, or Indifferences — if it affects us as adults, it is also impacting our children, and we must listen to their voices. Another valuable lesson from this journey and project is recognizing that people worldwide, including filmmakers like me, share a common thread: the desire for a sustainable and livable planet for our children and their future.

Thank you, Frank!

C.M. Rubin with Frank Fazzio

Don’t miss Common Thread, now streaming on the Planet Classroom Network. This film is curated by KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for the Planet Classroom Network.