Finding X: Challenging The School Curriculum Through Algebra


In this new documentary, we explore why we study algebra and whether young people should have more say in the school curriculum.

Why do we study algebra?

Why do we study algebra?

It has no useful transferable skills in the outside world. It’s all confusing equations and xs and ys and nothing that can help us use maths in a real world context. Or is it? This documentary, from Rife Magazine and BFI Film Academy explores why we study algebra, what benefits it gives us and whether young people should have more say in the school curriculum.

What do you think? Should we be learning more life skills? Should school subjects have a real world context?

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Director: Louis Balmer
Producer: Giordana Russo
Editor / Stills: Ben Kinman
Camera / Editor: Molly Harty
Camera: Darnell Smart
Writer / Sound: Jay Carter-Coles
Research / Illustrator / Composer: Anna Bailward
Special thanks to: The City Academy, Clockwise Media, Gary Thomas

This short documentary was made by young people on the BFI Film Academy programme delivered by Watershed.

The BFI Film Academy Bristol identifies and nurtures young talent (16-19-year-olds) so they have the skills and knowledge to thrive in the film industry.

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We offer paid internships and publish work by young writers, photographers, illustrators, and filmmakers from all sorts of backgrounds, helping them get into creative careers. Rife has reached over 8,000 young people through our workshops, over 220 young people have made stuff for Rife on topics ranging from mental health to identity to baked beans, and last year, over 200,000 people visited our website.

In these complex and uncertain times hearing from and supporting young people who are advocating for social change and contributing fresh perspectives has never been so important. 

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