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Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' to be given to schools

Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” which is poised for

Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” which is poised for an Oscars sweep. Credit: AP

Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film “Lincoln” will be distributed to all middle and high schools, both public and private, throughout the United States when the film becomes available on DVD, Disney Educational Productions announced Tuesday.

The special edition DVD includes an Educator’s Guide to help teachers engage in discussions and complete lesson plans relating to the significance of Abraham Lincoln’s leadership and the importance of that period in our nation’s history.

“As more and more people began to see the film, we received letters from teachers asking if it could be available in their classrooms. We realized that the educational value that ‘Lincoln’ could have was not only for the adult audiences — who have studied his life in history books — but for the young students in the classroom as well,” Spielberg said in a statement Tuesday.

Spielberg directed two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the Oscar-nominated film that was released in November, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president’s tumultuous final months in office. The DVD is expected to be released in coming weeks.

Participant Media, DreamWorks Pictures and Fox/Newscorp are funding the effort with Disney In-Home creating the packaging and Disney Educational Productions handling the distribution.

In addition, in honor of Lincoln’s Birthday Tuesday, Participant Media’s Social Action Campaign, “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,” screened the film at eight U.S. towns named Lincoln. Screenings at 15 Lincoln high schools across the country will take place in mid-March.


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