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Playing Fair Series

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This video set includes four dramas for 7- to 12-year-olds designed to spark discussion and thought about racism, as well as respect and equality for all children. Central to each is a conflict which illustrates the exclusion, inequality, namecalling and taunting experienced by racial minority and Aboriginal children. Titles include: Carol's Mirror: Carol, a black student, is interested in playing the lead in her school's annual play, Snow White; nevertheless, Carol and her classmates find a solution (14 min. 5 sec.); Hey, Kelly: Robert calls Kelly a racist name and a fight ensues. The pricipal gives them a task to do during detention. While working together, Robert and Kelly learn to cooperate and also find out that they have something in common (15 min. 10 sec.); Mela's Lunch: Having just immigrated to from India, Mela is trying to make friends; at first, Allison goes along with some classmates who make Mela feel unwelcome but ultimately, skin colour and country of origin are not an obstacle to friendship or self-esteem (14 min. 23 sec.); and Walker: Walker is an Aboriginal foster child whose only playmate is his dog. Jamie is a lonely young white boy who is afraid of dogs, and has some strange ideas about Aboriginal people. Walker ignores the racism of the bigger boys and reaches out to Jamie (13 min. 53 sec.). Educators are encouraged to preview the series before use and choose the dramas most age-appropriate for their students.

1992, 57 min 31 s

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