Film is an excellent medium to explore emotions with children and young people. Film is accessible for those who struggle with reading and can be used as a discussion tool in work to develop Emotional Literacy.

We have listed some examples below, but the list is not exhaustive.

**Before using any film with children or young people, please watch it first and assess its suitability for the group.**

Wrong Trainers Series- The Real Stories of Children (animated)

Wrong Trainers: Chris’s Story 

Wrong Trainers: Dillon’s Story

The Wrong Trainers: Chantell and Keona’s Story

The Wrong Trainers: Samara’s Story

The Wrong Trainers: Danielle’s Story

Foreign Language (Links to Child Rights)

Haiti Tablo A (Creole with English subtitles)

“The Blackboard is a short movie made by internally displaced kids in Haiti, commissioned as a workshop by Intermon Oxfam. A team of three animators visited the school Coraille-Cesselesse at the ID camp of Onaville (near Port-au-Prince) to do a 10 days workshop with the students. “The Blackboard” tells the story of Adline, who likes to play soccer but can only play with a coke bottle because she doesn’t own a ball. While we were working with the children, film director J.A. Bayona shot a documentary about the animation process and the situation in Haiti 5 years after the earthquake. We made the movie to have the children learn new skills, but also to remember the world that international cooperation is not a matter of a couple of years, and that our effort must be sustained in time.”

Down The Stream- The Story of Invisible Vietnamese Boat Children (English subtitles)

Life on the river with a group of young Vietnamese boat children describing their lives, their hopes and their fears. As they are not born on land, they cannot obtain a birth certificate, which means they cannot go to school. Invisible children who are so full of life, with a story tinged with tragedy.

Sea Gypsies (English subtitles)

“Sea Gypsies is a short film from Why Poverty? about struggling to survive in an idyllic island which has become a tourist destination. Indanina and her family live in on a beautiful coral island of Eastern Malaysia. When heavy fishing restrictions are imposed on their gypsy way of life, they are forced from their family homes and into a life of poverty. While they live under a motorway bridge and beg for handouts, their home is demolished to make room for a tourist diving resort.”


Fences (Polish- no dialogue) PŁOTY – reż. Natalia Krawczuk

“Visible and invisible boundaries surround us from birth to death and each of us handles these social dividing lines differently – while some break through to the other side, others fall at the first hurdle. This short Polish animation cleverly explores the barriers we construct between us and how respond to them in our daily lives.”

The Present

“Jake spends most of his time inside playing video games on his own. One day his Mum surprises him with a present that will change his view of the world – and himself. This award winning short film is a moving celebration of acceptance and inclusion that is suitable for all ages.”


For The Birds

“A group of snooty birds resting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a goofy bird drops in.”