Teaching Truth, Goodness and Beauty Through Classic Movies to the Rising Generation


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Classic Movies and the State of Our Union:
Timeless Films Inspire Unity and Solidarity in An Age of Division

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EGI has been piloting classic movies with college and high school students for over a decade. EGI’s study guides and lesson plans provide a  framework for  young people to  discuss the timeless questions about life dramatized in each classic film.

During this time we have seen the power of a great film to illuminate the large existential questions of life being asked by this generation. Classic films are so wonderfully powerful in moving the human spirit to the good and that is why they remain in our memories and in our hearts.

TCM Super Fans

April, 2014 was Turner Classic Movies’ 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film. TCM invited EGI’s Onalee McGraw and 19 other Fan Programmers to introduce their favorite movies with Turner Classic Movies Host, Robert Osborne. Introducing 12 Angry Men, Robert Osborne and Onalee discussed the universal theme of justice portrayed in the film.

Onalee and Robert Osborne

Click each link below to view Robert Osborne and Onalee discussing the film, 12 Angry Men, during her appearance as a Fan Programmer on Turner Classic Movies and its 20th Anniversary Celebration.


Studying great classic films helps us to understand more deeply the realities of life and love. Using EGI study guides, the art of classic cinema is explored through small group discussions and face to face conversations.

Students veiwing 12 Angry Men

Young people explore the themes of liberty and justice in 12 Angry Men, with Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb.


Click here for some highlights of EGI’s history of teaching young people with classic films.


Highlights include:

Click here for a review of EGI’s study guide Liberty and Justice for All: Classic Movies and the Things that Matter Most in a Free Society featuring 12 Angry Men and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.


12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

 12 Angry Men: Justice and Truth On Trial

12 Angry Men demonstrates that often an individual must persist in defending truth if justice is to be achieved. True justice can only be achieved through the search for truth. One juror convinces eleven others of a young man’s innocence beyond a reasonable doubt.
Our task to the path of greater national unity must be one that seeks to restore and reclaim principles of universal human dignity and the promise of genuine justice.

“It is nonsense to imagine that a free political community can survive without citizens who pursue lives of virtue.”

~James Madison

Shenny and Onalee

EGI’s director Onalee McGraw reviews film research materials with collaborator Shenandoah Sierra for Liberty and Justice for All: Classic Movies and the Things that Matter Most in a Free Society.

Onalee shares her personal reflections and life perspectives in the Commentary section!