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AMAR

A Day In The Life

Secondary

Description

Amar is a 14 year-old boy who lives in a large city in one of the poorest states in India.  He is the main breadwinner for his mother and two siblings.  This short documentary follows Amar from sunrise to sunset as he goes about his daily routine.  While the film explores the themes of poverty, child labor and access to education, it also highlights Amar’s determination and perseverance to improve his quality of life.  

In comparing their own daily schedules and responsibilities to Amar’s, students will better appreciate the challenges faced by children growing up in poverty and the personal qualities required to survive and build a better life.

A lesson plan is available to accompany the film.  It provides 'before, during and after' viewing suggestions and activities.

General Assessment

Strengths

  • The lesson will promote empathy, understanding and appreciation for Amar and other children in similar circumstances.
  • The lesson plan does a good job of connecting the students to the important issues explored in the film.
  • The film and lesson plan illustrate the value of determination and perseverance.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource will support those units in high school social studies and human geography that deal with social justice, cultural diversity and quality of life.

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Themes Addressed

  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Quality of Life
  • Human Rights (3)

    • Cultural Diversity
    • Education
    • Poverty