The Families of the World Video Series takes us through a typical day in the lives of two families in each country featured. Narrated by children, the Families of the World Video Series introduces you to each family’s housing styles, foods, clothing, religion, schools and places of business. This is the next best thing to visiting and living with families in each of the countries. This highly acclaimed 30-minute documentary videos are available for 18 countries. Recommended for grades K-5.
“Families of Japan” documents the life of 8-year-old Ayako, who lives in Sendai, Japan. Ayako loves to climb trees, play her piano (which can be silenced so that it can only be heard through earphones), and go to calligraphy lessons. We follow Ayako and her mother as they go grocery shopping. Ten-year-old Seichi lives on a farm near Furukawa, Japan. His family has raised rice there for 14 generations.
Seichi and his sisters help feed the rabbits and chickens, watch TV, and go to their cousin’s engagement party. We see the schoolteachers and children prepare for Sports Day and watch Seichi and his family enjoy the special holiday.
Awards: Multi award winning series including Parent Choice & Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.
Format: Multi Region; Closed caption; approx. running time 30 minutes.
Exempt from Formal Classification: Item13. Community or cultural. A film wholly comprising a documentary record of a community or cultural activity or event.