ESL Conversation Topic: Creativity and “Alike” Short Film Discussion

What does creativity mean to you?

What are the qualities of a good parent?

What are parents’ responsibilities to their children?

After discussing the three questions above, divide into 5 groups. Each group is responsible for answering one of the following questions/tasks after watching the film.

  • Give a summary of the film.
  • What do you think about the short film “Alike”?
  • What problem(s) does “Alike” illustrate?
  • How is color used in the film?
  • What do you think the film’s message is? Why do you think the filmmakers created it?

Stop the video at 4:55. What do you think will happen next?

After finishing the film, discuss your question. All members should share their ideas.

Next, divide into new groups by assigning each person in the first group a letter, such as A, B, or C. In the new groups all the As should be together, all the Bs together and all the Cs together. Now discuss how your group answered questions 1-5 above.

From the list below, each person should choose one question they would like to ask the group. Discuss as many questions as time permits.

Critical Thinking and Personal Connection Discussion Questions

  • How can we solve the problems presented in the film? How can we nurture creativity instead of kill it?
  • What gives you color? What makes you lose color?
  • If you have children, how would you like to raise them?
  • How alike or different are you from your parents?
  • What is one thing you would like to change about your routine?
  • Innovation is valued more than creativity. Why do you think there is a disconnect between the two? How can we bridge the gap and create a more balanced perspective?
  • Why do you think some people maintain their creative streak while others succumb to societal expectations of joining the mainstream workforce and focusing on financial security? Are the two mutually exclusive? = Why do you think some people keep their creativity while others do not? Do you think people can keep their creativity and work in a 9-5 job 5-6 days per week?
  • If you could change one thing about society, what would it be?
  • Where is the line between happiness and responsibility?
  • What is the bravest thing you’ve done for love?

End the discussion with a whole class wrap up.

Alike was produced by Daniel Martinez Lara of Pepe-School-Land, a film school in Barcelona.

If you enjoyed the short and want to know more about it, visit Alike’s homepage.

If you loved the short film and want the book featuring Copi and Paste , visit Amazon (available in Spanish).

English Description of Mejor Juntas. Una historia de Alike / It’s Better Together

A powerful reflection about how adults, with their own passions and fears, condition the present and future of our children.

This wonderful illustrated album stars two families: on the one hand, we have Copi, father of Paste and on the other Dupli, mother of Cate. Both share all common concerns that parents have: Am I doing the right thing with my child? Should I follow the rules already established by society? Or should I take an alternative route? Should I constantly be on top of them or leave them to learn and discover things on their own? Is it better to learn a foreign language or to start with music lesson first?

Among all these different questions and concerns that overwhelm every parent’s minds, while trying to make the best decision for their child, the most important thing is often lost: the kid’s own voice.

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