56 Up

PBS Premiere: Oct. 14, 2013Check the broadcast schedule »

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Screen 56 Up with similar documentaries from other countries that were inspired by the Up series. Films have been made featuring children from the former Soviet Union, South Africa, Australia and the United States. Encourage people to identify events and issues that are universal and those that are specific to particular cultures, classes or locations.

Document yourself and/or your family. Take (or review) your own home movies and compare across time. Consider sharing your records with others, perhaps via a social media site.

Host a block party so people in your neighborhood can learn more about each other and to celebrate the diversity in your own community. Decorate with displays of photos that record the span of years that each person has lived in the neighborhood. Invite the people in the photos to share stories about what neighborhood life was like in the year that each photo was taken.

Research sociological patterns of marriage, divorce and childbirth for the years covered in 56 Up (1964, 1970, 1977, 1984, 1991, 1998, 2005 and 2012). Investigate the historical context that might have influenced people’s lives in each of these years and assess how typical or representative the film’s subjects were.