A carefully curated selection of award-winning short documentaries that inspire a more just and sustainable world

Curated and vetted by the annual international Social Impact Media Awards 

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“SIMA Academy is the Netflix for changemakers and anyone interested in global stories that are told through a local lens. If you are an educator, this is a must-have resource, bringing essential stories into your classrooms and curricula and helping to make sure your syllabi includes more diverse perspectives.”

Daniela Papi Thornton, Founder Systems-led Leadership, Former Deputy Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
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Curated from 140 countries and featuring over 40 languages,

SIMA Academy provides educators and organizations with unprecedented access to authentic global perspectives, inspiring current affairs media, and a constantly vetted and refreshed selection of international productions. Originated as a global educational resource for schools and universities and highlighting embedded themes of GCED, Human Rights Education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), SIMA Academy now serves organizations, leadership programs, and professional development networks in 80+ countries, bringing the human stories and innovations behind today’s global headlines to life. 

Bonus Lesson Plans inspire global learning in dynamic, hands-on and interactive ways.

Designed in collaboration with leaders in the non-profit, civic engagement and education fields, our lesson plans focus on media-literacy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship, and align with the: GCED + Global Competency Framework, US Common Core Standards, and the International Baccalaureate® (IB).

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Why SIMA Academy?

We are called to re-imagine, innovate and diversify global education in the 21st century.
SIMA Academy is here to provide first class visual storytelling resources that help institutions achieve their goals and take students on a dynamic, engaging and empowering learning journey.

Students using SIMA Academy have shown the following characteristics:

“I've never seen a class so motivated and inspired”
-Michelle Bernstein, Faculty and Chair of the Film and Digital Media Department, New Roads
“SIMA does not only enhance our school programming but it also enhances our school wide equity and social justice work.”
– West Willmore, Rainbow Community School
“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.”
– S. Prevatt, Student
“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
“This [SIMA Academy] 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.”
– J. Wilkenfeld, High School Student
“Want to intentionally induce immunity against the savior complex in your students? Watch SIMA Films.”
– Shawn Humphrey, University Professor, Writer and Innovator

Educators use SIMA Academy to:

The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted in 2015, includes seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. Also referred to as the Global Goals, countries around the world have committed to taking action to meet these goals, such as making energy clean and affordable, stopping global warming, ending hunger, poverty and gender inequality, creating sustainable cities and communities.

SIMA Academy films bring the SDGs to life, put complex global themes into relatable contexts and help students develop first-person insights into critical issues around the world. In conjunction with the SIMA Challenge: 2030 Impact Campaign, students learn to advocate for the SDGs they care about and actively participate in problem solving to meet the Global Goals and create the changes they want to see in the world.

As a future-oriented educational lens and interdisciplinary framework, Global Citizenship Education (GCED) creates opportunities and space for students to develop knowledge and awareness of issues significant to local and global contexts.

“It is not enough for education to produce individuals who can read, write and count. Education must fully assume it’s central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies…. Global citizenship education provides the understanding, skills and values students need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, conflict, poverty, hunger, and issues of equity and sustainability. These same educational outcomes prepare students to be successful in the 21st century workplace” United Nation’s Global Education First Initiative  


Teaching with authentic media engages students, aids student retention of knowledge, motivates interest in the subject matter, and illustrates the relevance of complex themes, such as global sustainability and human rights.

MIL allows learners to effectively access, analyze, critically evaluate, interpret, use, create and disseminate information. In our oversaturated digital media age it becomes imperative to combat dis-information. SIMA Academy’s vetted, authentic storytelling resources are crucial assets in building MIL skills that empower learners to critically engage with media, be “wise consumers of media, managers of information and responsible producers of ideas using the powerful multimedia tools of a global media culture.”  Center For Media Literacy.

Our award winning films reflect our world’s diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, ability, religion, place, immigration status or LGBT identity. They are inclusive of both stories and content creators from all walks of life providing a vital and felt level of authenticity. By representing “lived experiences” of groups and individuals through first person narratives or through the film teams themselves being local members of the communities they spotlight, the power of our content stems from the multicultural and diverse prism of perspectives, the level of intimacy and access of film crews, and their ethics of representation which put the dignity of the people and communities their stories capture at the forefront.

Global competency equips individuals to move from learning about the world to making a difference in it. With SIMA Academy students get inspired to:

Investigate the World

Globally competent students are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.

Recognize Perspectives

Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.

Communicate Ideas

Globally competent students can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.

Take Action

Globally competent students have the skills and knowledge to not just learn about the world, but also to make a difference in the world.

SIMA Academy makes incorporating anti-bias principles into teachings inherent, seamless and age-appropriate with shared core goals of: 

Identity: Promoting a healthy self-concept and exploration of identity 
Diversity: Fostering intergroup and cross-cultural understanding 
Justice: Raising awareness of prejudice and injustice 
Action: Motivating students to act by highlighting individual and collective efforts against prejudice and injustice, and proactively addressing those, in classrooms and the community at large.

SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SIMA Academy’s learning outcomes are synonymous with SEL competencies: Empathy, Critical Thinking, Problem-solving, Collaboration, Understanding Social Cues, and Perspective Taking.

SIMA  Academy gives learners the building blocks to advance:

Global Literacy – the capacity to read, interpret, respond, and contextualize messages from a global perspective

Technology Literacy – the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance

Visual Literacy – the ability to understand and communicate through visual images

Information Literacy – the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information.

Digital Literacy – the ability to communicate with an ever- expanding community to discuss issues, gather information, and seek help

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All your global media needs.

Authentic and engaging

Cinema-quality streaming creates deep engagement and an emotional connection with the content.

Great for blended learning

Supports flexible face-to-face instruction and integrates seamlessly into remote learning and virtual exchange.

Fast, accessible and secure streaming

Custom designed by Vimeo OTT, the world’s leading service company delivering high-definition video across devices.

human stories

Powerful short documentary films by filmmakers from around the world—inspiring cross cultural understanding, critical thinking and action.

Hyper-curated and professionally vetted

200+ of the best films from the annual Social Impact Media Awards. Juried and curated by leading experts in education, human rights and impact storytelling.

Time-tested and loved

Established in 2015, SIMA Academy has been a classroom staple and leading name in Global Learning for over 7 years. Winner of a prestigious EdTech Award with a subscription retention rate of over 95%.

An unparalleled and ever-expanding platform that grows with ever current content and global perspectives.

Subscription Plans

$6.99/mo or $59.99 (4.99/mo billed annually. For Group/ Institution access, please contact us

Your Subscription Includes

Social Impact Films

Get exclusive access to our growing global content libraries and collections of award-winning short documentaries, 360 videos and bonus lessons. New titles are added automatically and you will be notified of all recent additions.

Lesson Plans, Filmmaker Q&As + 2030 Challenge

Inspire service learning and community engagement opportunities with action-based and participatory teaching resources created in partnership with education and social justice experts.

Over 220 Collections

Access conveniently themed and searchable collections to kick-off discussions and activations on any chosen topic, including: the SDGs, Gender Equality, Climate Change, Racial Justice, Tech for Good and more cross-cutting topics.

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