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Explore social issue games, mobile apps, and other non-linear storytelling inspired by Independent Lens and ITVS films and online projects. Standards-aligned curricula accompany these featured interactives.
Garbage Dreams Game

On the outskirts of Cairo lies the world's largest garbage village where the Zaballeen have survived for centuries by recycling nearly 80 percent of the region's waste. Based on the documentary Garbage Dreams, this online game makes recycling fun, instructive, and challenging as players sort, process, and profit from garbage collected in Cairo's neighborhoods. Four standards-aligned lesson plans encourage students to learn more about recycling practices in their own communities and around the world.

Map Your World

Inspired by the film The Revolutionary Optimists, this multi-platform project puts the power of technology into the hands of young change agents, enabling them to map, track, and improve the health of their own communities — and share their stories of change with each other and with the world. This curriculum empowers youth to develop targeted campaigns to address issues that affect their families, their schools, and their neighborhoods. Youth will identify and develop a plan of action to raise awareness and bring about positive change in their communities.

Wonder City Game

Inspired by the film Wonder Women! The Untold Stories of America's Superheroines, this comic book adventure game and study guide challenge players to think critically about how they visualize power and gender, identify their own heroic qualities, and make empowered choices. Printouts include badges earned through game play and short bios of the feminist icons highlighted throughout the adventure.

Muslims in America

The 30 Days Ramadan website used social media to document the diversity of Muslims around the world during the month of Ramadan. Curated images and words of shared personal experiences via Twitter and Instagram and professionally made short films highlight the ways in which Muslim-Americans are simultaneously modern and rooted in tradition. The study guide builds awareness of the diversity within the Muslim community, and the importance of ritual and tradition in students' own lives.

Hunt for the Noor Stone Game

Inspired by the film Wham! Bam! Islam! which chronicles the creation of a superhero comic book series with roots in Islam and Islamic culture, Hunt for the Noor Stone invites players to go on a quest for a mythical stone referenced in Hindu and Arab texts believed to contain infinite powers. Players visit sites in ancient Baghdad and Cordoba while gathering clues about the cities' history and culture. The corresponding lesson plans celebrate different aspects of Islamic culture and explore some of the challenges and opportunities in creating a new cultural entity in present day.

More Than a (M)App

A free iPhone and iPod app, More Than a Mapp allows users to discover and contribute to the African American history that exists all around us. The location-enabled application can reveal sites of significance and allows the uploading of new map points. The educator's guide is designed to help students explore the rich history of African Americans throughout the United States and can be used as a curriculum companion to both the More Than a Mapp interactive map, as well as to the film More Than a Month.

The Storm That Swept Mexico

The Storm That Swept Mexico documentary looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced its course, and determined its consequences and legacy. The study guide and video modules explore the role women played in the Mexican Revolution, styles of leadership, and the social impact of art, connecting pivotal historic events with issues that resonate in contemporary Mexico and students' lives today.