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Study through films during the lockdown, with Platino Educa


- EGEDA is offering educational institutions a website hosting Spanish and Latin American films, through which young people can make the most of their domestic quarantine to learn with, and from, cinema

Study through films during the lockdown, with Platino Educa

“Stay at home” is the mantra being repeated across the whole of Spain during these days under quarantine, owing to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. But all these weeks of domestic seclusion can be useful to expand one’s knowledge in virtually every domain, and this is what Platino Educa is primarily dedicated to. The website run by EGEDA, an organisation that manages Spanish audiovisual producers' rights, is intended to teach children and young people to watch films and analyse them, raise their awareness of human rights, and enhance their understanding of the world, its cultures and its history.

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This online platform that promotes education through Spanish and Latin American cinema offers specially tailored content to educational institutions, facilitating students’ audiovisual literacy. Universities, schools, and other public and private educational centres can access movies completely legally and thus contribute to the fight against audiovisual piracy, which has had such a huge impact among today’s youth.

In addition, EGEDA is offering institutions such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Sport and Culture, as well as the Ministries of Education and Culture of the country’s autonomous communities, access to this platform at cost price (€4 per student). The portal is packed with numerous feature films (both classic and contemporary), documentaries, shorts and animated flicks, hailing from both Spain and Latin America. They are all sorted by age range, from three years old to adults, and many of them have English subtitles and are supported by their corresponding teacher’s guides, which have been drawn up by film and education experts in order to guide teaching staff in their work.

The content encompasses not only classical subjects such as Literature, Natural Sciences and History, but also values-based education, which touches on aspects that are fundamental to achieving a harmonious coexistence, such as cooperation, human rights, sustainable development and gender equality. “The website was already operational; we’ve been getting it ready for more than a year,” stated Octavio Dapena, the director of Platino Educa, over the phone to Cineuropa. “Just as we were about to start marketing it, that’s when this health crisis blew up. We had spent a lot of time thinking about doing something related to film and education, and it’s designed to be used in the classroom, but – given the current circumstances – we’re opening it up more widely at this time of domestic quarantine, because students can’t actually go to school.

“There is worldwide access to the website: many of the movies can be seen anywhere in the world – in fact, there are a couple of North American universities that are already using Platino Educa,” he continued. “Film is an innovative and entertaining resource; it’s a different way of learning. You can draw a range of conclusions from movies across all subjects. And the teacher’s guides that we’re including are helping to go further down this route: they are additional resources that are admittedly no substitute for traditional ones, like textbooks or all the multimedia content that’s around now, but as it’s online, this is the ideal time to use it.”

Bringing the conversation to a close, the Platino Educa director asserted: “Films keep you entertained while educating you, and in this way, they may just give some boy or girl the bug to start appreciating the seventh art: now, youngsters are so firmly glued to their consoles and other screens that cinema has lost its edge, and sometimes, this happens because kids simply don’t make the effort to get acquainted with it. So Platino Educa is a way to bring them closer to the audiovisual arts as well.”

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(Translated from Spanish)

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