Netflix in the classroom

As an instructor, you may have found yourself wishing you could show a film from Netflix in your classroom. Until recently, Netflix has not allowed their content to be shared in public spaces, even for educational purposes. Netflix have now opened up some of their original content to be screened in the classroom.

Netflix has allowed a small number of Netflix Original documentaries to be shown in classrooms, with a few important caveats. These are:

  • You can’t screen the movie multiple times in a day or week, but you can show the movie once a semester for multiple semesters.
  • You must be a Netflix account holder and use Netflix as the platform to screen the movie.
  • The film cannot be shown at any campaign events.
  • You cannot use Netflix’s logos, or in any way suggest that Netflix endorses your event or use of the film.
  • You cannot record the film (make sure any screen-capturing software like Yuja is not enabled).

Currently, the list of available titles is fairly short. Below are the films that can be shown as of October 2019, although you should double-check the permissions before you screen any of the films in case the licenses have changed. If there’s content that you’d like to show that’s not in the list below, you can search Netflix’s Media Centre for the title. When you click into the title, you’re looking for the “Grant of permission for educational screenings”.

List of films:

13th, Abstract: the art of design, American Factory, Audrie & Daisy, Bobby Kennedy for President, Chasing Coral, City of Joy, Cuba and the Camerman, Dirty Money, End Game, Explained, Extremis, Feminists: What Were They Thinking?, Follow This, Grass is Greener, Heroin(e), Icarus, Into the Inferno, Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, Knock Down the House, Life Overtakes Me, Living Undocumented, Mercury 13, My Beautiful Broken Brain, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, One of Us, Period. End of Sentence., Recovery Boys, Resurface, Reversing Roe, Rotten, Saving Capitalism, Seeing Allred, Strong Island, Take Your Pills, The Bleeding Edge, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, The Great Hack, The Ivory Game, The White Helmets, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Winter on Fire

Happy viewing!

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