Set in Remies, France in 1941 and based on a true story, Pigeon recounts a rare and startling act of resistance in which a woman chooses not to be a bystander to a fellow male, Jewish, passenger who is without proper identification. This 11-minute film by filmmaker Anthony Green was an official selection of the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival and grand-prize winner at the 2005 New York Jewish Student Film Festival. A unique creative entry point for students to explore themes of identity, resistance, social justice and Jewish values and learn to critically analyze film. The film is accompanied by a resource guide that provides background information, texts, lesson plans and activity ideas, and additional resources for teachers. The guide is a flexible tool, allowing teachers to choose which areas of the film they wish to expand on in their classes and then adapt the material and outside links to best meet the needs of their students. Audience: Middle School, High School, College, and Adult DVD. 11 minutes.
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