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The Northwest Film Center’s Global Classroom Program brings the best in new world cinema to high school students through free screenings at select moments throughout the school year, including during the Portland International Film Festival. Screenings take place in the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum.

The project is part of the Film Center’s on-going effort to give voice to K-12 and under-represented communities through opportunities to watch, learn and make film.

What is Global Classroom? Check out our FAQ page.
What has been screened in the past? Check out our Past Screenings page.

What are teachers saying about Global Classroom?

From Tigard High School: Thank you so much! Students were thrilled to come downtown and experience the film with students from other schools. They were so pleased with the entire program and happy to have their first field trip since elementary school! — Attended a screening of Los Sures.

From Portland Public Schools Community Transition Program: I was curious to see how my students would react to the films, especially with the subtitles. They expressed that overall they enjoyed each film, and I think as they got used to the format, they liked it more each visit. My students aren’t the type to go to foreign film screenings, so this experience was educational for them and showed them new possibilities in their lives. —Attended various screenings during the Portland International Film Festival.

From Arts and Technology High School: Very well organized, the films were great, the atmosphere and facilities were amazing, Communications and accommodations appreciated! —Attended various screenings during the Portland International Film Festival.

From Westside Christian High School: The documentary was very good. It was suitable for and interesting to teenagers as well as educational. The event ran smoothly. It being in the Art Museum was an added bonus. —Attended a screening of Landfill Harmonic during the Portland International Film Festival.

Thanks to these sponsors of Global Classroom

 Lamb-Baldwin Foundation

The Citizens of Portland through the Arts Education and Access Fund

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.