Educational movies are a great way to make the most of a deluxe coach ride while on a student tour of Washington, D.C. Whether you are traveling from your hometown by coach, transporting your group to or from the airport, or heading out to Mount Vernon, your time can be used to screen movies that help students build interest and make connections to their tour experiences.
Here are three films that will enrich your next student trip to Washington, D.C.
Honor Flight: One Last Mission
Running time: 1 hour 22 minutes
This heartwarming documentary follows four, living World War II veterans as they take an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the Memorials to their service It is rare for veterans to talk about the War, but the Honor Flight experience brings out their stories. While the Honor Flight program is meant to give something back to these humble heroes, the sheer goodness they embody and their profound appreciation for freedom will help your students develop an appreciation for the Memorials they experience on tour.
We Fight to Be Free
Running time: 24 minutes
This movie offers a vivid illustration of the defining moments that made George Washington an indispensable leader. You'll see Washington taking command of British forces during the French and Indian War, and later leading the Army across the icy Delaware River. Charming scenes show Washington's first encounter with the widow Martha Custis and his return home to Mount Vernon after resigning his military commission at the end of the war. Special features include George Washington Quiz and Mount Vernon Picture Gallery and bonus videos Saving Mount Vernon and a Mount Vernon overview.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving the Holocaust)
Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes
Related attractions: The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
This film is an adaptation of John Boyne's novel concerning a forbidden friendship between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. Eight-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys develop a friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.
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