Using the cinema as the classroom, ASK WHY? Docs encourages school students to engage with contemporary social and environmental issues through watching critically acclaimed documentary films from all corners of the world.
Three times during the academic school year, ASK WHY? Docs invites students from 20 Danish municipalities to local cinema screenings of thought-provoking documentary films that all center on human rights issues.
Ten-year-old Oleg lives in warzone Ukraine with his loving Grandmother. He often plays with his younger cousin Yarik and older neighbor Kostya. The children find joy in everyday adventures - constantly laughing, exploring, playing - doing what kids do. They don’t realize that their playgrounds are different from what other children have.
Nicu lives with a gang of friends in the sewer tunnels of Bucharest in Romania. They are part of the growing number of homeless children living on the streets of the city. Nicu meets "Bruce Lee" the notorious "King of the Underworld" who takes him under his wing. Filmed over six years, this film follows the plight of Nicu and the other street children of Bucharest, and the challenges they face.
Brothers Osama and Ayman both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while one seems to follow the path of Jihad, the other wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the two kids have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into Jihadi fighters. First lesson: one must not cry.
Additionally, ASK WHY? Docs provide the schools with educational material, encouraging them to continually explore the themes back in the classrooms, both before and after screenings.
Our latest impact report found that ASK WHY? Docs has a positive effect on both the community and the individual: