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Download the discussion guide for the documentary 56 Up and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

56 Up: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use 56 Up to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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Until Nov. 3, 2015

Film Information

56 Up (140 min.)

Premiere Date: October 14, 2013

Streaming Dates: Oct. 5, 2015 – Nov. 3, 2015

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Michael Apted Bio | Interview

Press: Press Release | Peabody Media Alert | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Emmy Nomination Press Release


Michael Apted
Michael Apted

Critical Acclaim

It is a mystery, this business of life. I can't think of any [other] cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.”

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

To see 56 Up is to be reunited with an old friend. Make that 13 old friends, together again for a documentary project the likes of which the world has never seen.”

— Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

If you want to start thinking about your own life, just watch Michael Apted’s 56 Up, the latest installment of perhaps the most fascinating documentary project ever.”

— John Powers,

In 56 Up, the latest installment in Michael Apted’s remarkable documentary project . . . entire lifetimes race by. . . . One minute, a boy is merrily bobbing along. . . . In a lot of documentaries you might not care that much about this boy and what became of him. But . . . you will care, and deeply.”

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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