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Welcome to your film portal to the front lines of today’s global issues.

SIMA Classroom gives you access to over 150 award-winning short documentaries and VR experiences, bonus features and lesson plans that bring global human rights issues, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), social innovations and entrepreneurship to life.

Curated from over 140 countries around the globe, this diverse and expansive “Netflix for social impact education” offers an unprecedented collection of contemporary current-affairs documentaries, participatory lesson plans and engagement resources, that give viewers a first-person insight into the pulse, the people, and the movements behind today’s global issues.

“SIMA helped inspire my students to become responsible, global citizens who are now motivated to get involved.”
-Michelle Bernstein, Faculty and Chair of the Film and Digital Media Department, New Roads School

SIMA Classroom films are selected from the finalists and winners of the annual international Social Impact Media Awards. Comprising the gold standard of social-issue cinematic storytelling, along with interactive engagement resources, SIMA Classroom equips viewers with the contexts, the skills, the global mindsets, and cultural competence required in our ever-changing world.

SIMA Classroom is being utilized in a range of formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries; colleges and high schools; and as curriculum assets for subjects ranging from social entrepreneurship, global studies, journalism, english, film and more.

SIMA’s approach aligns with Global Competencies (as defined by the Asia Society’s Center for Global Education) and the USA’s Common Core standards.

SIMA films are a springboard for global learning and community action.

Streaming social issue films is the starting point for utilizing SIMA Classroom – our Playlists and Lesson Plans amplify the impact of our films beyond classroom walls.

PLAYLISTS are curated film collections addressing a range of global citizenship education themes. Explore ready-made film selections to kick-off discussions on the  United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and more cross-cutting topics.

LESSON PLANS inspire global learning and civic skill-building in dynamic and interactive ways. In conjunction with SIMA films, instructors can employ these plans as workshops or lesson plans across multiple disciplines.

SIMA Classroom is the education program of SIMA Studios.



  • SOCIAL IMPACT FILMS: Exclusive access to more than 150 award-winning SIMA Classroom films and bonus features (Filmmaker Q&As, Resource Links and Discussion Guides). During your subscription term SIMA Classroom will grow. Titles will be added automatically and you will be notified of new additions.
  • LESSON PLANS: Participatory, project-based lesson plans that transform the ideas and innovations inspired by films into action-based skill-building activities.
  • PLAYLISTS: Curated film selections that bring together lesson plans and films on numerous global citizenship education themes. You’ll find playlists on the 17 sustainable development goals, human rights, gender equality, environmental justice and more.
  • COMMUNITY: Invitation to join the SIMA Classroom Global Educators Community, to share notes, resources, best practices and collaborate with other educators utilizing SIMA films.


SIMA Classroom is available for anyone in formal or informal education spaces, including teachers, schools, academies, colleges and libraries around the globe.

  • Access for 1 User | $8 per month | 1 year $99
  • Access for 10 Users | 1 year $799.00 | 3 years $2,160
  • Access for 150 Users | 1 year $2,499 | 3 years $6,750
  • Unlimited institution Access | 1 Year $6,899 | Contact us for custom plans


When you actually see an inspiring film, it touches you in no way possible by other forms of media. You can feel inspired and have a connection with someone across the world, thus leading to a more global way of thinking.”

– S. Prevatt, Student

“Many of the films truly changed the way I view the world and inspired me to take action, whether it be speaking out against social injustice over social media or joining a non for profit organization to work hands on with the victims of oppression. By having such a personal, engaging glimpse into the problems of the world, I was able to understand their urgency, a deeper understanding than I ever could have achieved reading a text book. Film is a vital learning tool as it educates by tapping into the students emotions and empathy. Very few experiences in the classroom are able to offer such a personal and in depth understanding.”

– L. McInerny, High School Student

“This has been one of my favorite classes because of what we do. Watching and learning about these films has also made me want to act more on the injustices. Evidently these topics are talked about in classrooms, but if we were able to show the documentaries it would vastly improve our conversations.”

– A. Aquino, Student

“This has shown me what real responsibility is. I think that I have grown as a sophisticated human being and I have learned a lot about serious topics and problems that people have to face every day around the world.”

– J. Wilkenfeld, High School Student

“I became so captivated. I can’t watch a film or documentary the same way now. I am surprised at how much these stories have made me reflect on my own life and my own choices and how I can affect people living on the other side of the world just from watching these films.”

– R. Rothstein, Student

“These films would benefit my students by broadening their world view and helping them understand themselves and each other in new ways. My classroom and my school is extremely diverse, with more than 30 languages spoken as first languages by students and students’ families.”

– P.S., ESL Teacher 5th/6th Grade

Wow! Fantastic resource for our school through the lens of activism, social justice, and service learning. I can’t wait to share this with our whole school community.”

– Kate Klaire, Student Life Coordinator, The Berkeley School

“SIMA Classroom will not only enhance our middle school programming but it will also enhance our school wide equity and social justice work.”

– West Willmore, Rainbow Community School

“Wanna intentionally induce immunity against the savior complex in your students? Watch SIMA Films.”

– Shawn Humphrey, University Professor, Writer and Innovator

“From a teacher’s point of view, I couldn’t have asked for a more engaging process. I’ve never seen a class so motivated and inspired… The conversations about the films and the subjects didn’t stop when they left my classroom. They continued throughout each student’s life and crossed over into other classes. Seeing this impact is absolutely inspiring as an educator. It helped strengthen their studentship skills, broaden their perspectives, enlightened them, and educated them in various subjects. Collaborating with SIMA helped inspire my students to become responsible, global citizens who are now motivated to get involved.”

– Michelle Bernstein, Faculty and Chair of the Film and Digital Media Department, New Roads School

“All students can learn more about social inequities and what they can do to bring about equity, equality and justice. I teach media literacy as it relates to the perpetuation of the established power structure.”

– N.Y., Film Studies/ Diversity High School Teacher

“These films can encourage them to become better citizens on all levels, from local to global. The films will be particularly valuable for my Sociology kids as I try to make social justice an on going theme.”

– L.H., World History, AP World History, Sociology, High School Teacher

“My students live on a small island in the Caribbean who are not exposed to global issues. They need to develop an awareness of the world they live in and develop empathy.”

– S.M., Spanish, English, Literacy High School Teacher

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