Movies

1. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) , directed by Philip Noyce   

   

Set in 1930s Australia, this film tells the story of three girls, Molly, Gracie, and Daisy,who are taken from their mother and placed in an orphanage as part of the aboriginal integration program. In order to escape becoming servants to the white class, the girls flee the orphanage and make the 1,500-mile trek home. The film, based on a true story, uses a non-actor aboriginal girls and striking shots to present a remarkable and inspiring story.

Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh

2. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987), directed by Louis Malle

Based on events from his own life, director Louis Malle presents a powerful drama about two boys attending a boarding school during World War II. At first the French-Catholic Julien Quintin and the Jewish Jean Bonnet begin as adversaries but soon find common ground, especially as it becomes clear Bonnet is merely trying to escape the Nazis.

Starring Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette

3. My Life As a Dog (1985), directed by Lasse Hallstrom

This is an Oscar-nominated story about young Ingmar who has lost his father and is loosing his mother. However, it is loosing his dog that is finally too much, and leads the boy to spend a dark night in his life. Yet through his friends and the eccentric people around him, he regains hope and meaning in life. The film is beautifully shot, funny, sad and charming.

Starring Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brommsen, Anki Liden

4. Monsoon Wedding (2001), directed by Mira Nair

A story set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding young Aditi accepts when she ends the affair with a married TV producer. The groom is an Indian living in Texas, and all relatives from both families, some from distant places like Australia, come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding.

Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty

5. Malcolm X (1992), directed by Spike Lee

The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.

Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo

6. A Raisin in the Sun (1961), directed by Daniel Petrie

A Raisin in the Sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living in Chicago's Southside sometime between World War II and the 1950s. A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for the family.The adaptation was based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry. In 2005, A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Starring Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee

7. Crash (2004), directed by Paul Haggis

Several characters' stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles; a black LAPD detective estranged from his mother, his criminal younger brother and gang associate, the white District Attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white police officer who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, an African American Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the officer, a Persian-immigrant father who is wary of others, and a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter.Academy Awards 2005 Best Picture Winner.

Starring Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon

8. Children of Leningrasky (2005), directed by Andrzjey Celinski and Hanna Polak

Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary, Short Subject, this 35-minute documentary takes an unblinking look at the reality of homeless children living in Russia today. Utilizing verité footage of over a dozen children who speak candidly about their lives, routines and lost dreams, the film captures the sobering reality of post-Soviet Russia. When this film was made, authorities estimated that some 30,000 children were living on the streets and railway stations of Moscow.