Category Archives: International Movies

Rabbit Proof Fence

Another movie night, and this time we skipped over Blind Shaft and watched Rabbit Proof Fence instead! It was made in Australia, set in Australia, and it’s in English, so nobody had to pay attention to subtitles the whole movie! Huzzah for laziness! The 2002 movie takes place in the 1930s, a period during which the Aborigines (the natives of Australia) were oppressed by the whites. Daisy, Gracie, and Molly are three half-castes, children who are half white, half Aborigine. Taken from their home and sent to a Gurag where they would be taught basically how to be indentured servants, the girls decide to try to escape the camp and follow the rabbit-proof fence which runs from their home in northwestern Australia to the south. However, they are pursued by men under the command of the Chief Protector of Aborigines. Did they succeed in their escape? Those who attended found out and got more points for class. MORE POINTS I SAY!

We watched this movie on November 16, 2o11 for Fall semester, and on April 11, 2012 for Spring semester students (as part of a double feature with Five Days of War).

5 Days of War

This 2011 action film is really a piece of propaganda, but it’s a story about the Russians invading Georgia (the country, not the US state) in 2008. American journalist Thomas Anders is saved in Iraq by Georgian troops, and then goes to Georgia when he hears that conflict may be stirring up there. While examining Georgian life, he captures shocking footage of the Russians, which he struggles to get out of the country. However, the five-day war is going on, and now he, his cameraman, and a local woman must fight to survive. A fun fact about this movie – Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvilli actually chose actor Andy Garcia to play the part of Saakashvilli! That’s how biased this movie is!5 Days of Warincludes the Georgian, Russian and English languages.

We watched this movie on April 11, 2012.

Lumumba

World Regions students in Spring 2012 gathered to watch Lumumba, a movie made in 2000 that is in French. It centers around the true story of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which pre-revolution was headed by Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba (hence the title!).  However, the movie was filmed in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The first President of the country, Joseph Kasa-Vubu is sworn in alongside, but there are still obstacles in creating a stable state, as the two try to prevent the country from descending into chaos. What will happen? Viewers found out, and you can too if you watch this movie, or read up on the history of the DRC!

(P.S.: Sorry about the small movie poster! It was the largest of the ones I could find!)

Sin Nombre

We watched Sin Nombre on October 5th, 2011! The movie centers on a girl named Sayra, a Honduran teenager trying to illegally immigrate to America to be with family in New Jersey. Most of the movie takes place in Mexico, however, as she and her uncle and brother must hop on trains as they travel to the Mexico-America border. Along the way, Sayra and her family are robbed by members of the Mexican gang Mara Salvatrucha (which does exist in real life!). However, one of the robbers, Willy, changes his mind and kills one of the other robbers, who happens to be the leader of the gang. Sayra and Willy now have to travel to the border while avoiding gang members who want to kill Willy for being a traitor to the gang.

Sin Nombre was filmed in Mexico in 2009, and is in Spanish.

We also watched this movie on March 21, 2012 for the Spring 2012 semester.

Paradise Now

October 25th, and it was time for another international film! This time, the movie was Paradise Now, a movie made in 2005. Set in Tel Aviv, Israel, the two main characters, Palestinians Said and Khaled, who are part of an extremist group, are sent on a suicide bombing mission. When things go wrong, the two have to separate, giving them time to think about what they’re about to do. Paradise Now explores why suicide bombers do what they do, and gives a glimpse of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute currently going on (which is pretty complicated – Boyer gave a “brief”, but in reality, rather long, introduction explaining the general basis of the conflict). This movie is in Arabic and was filmed in Israel, with portions filmed in France, the Netherlands, and Germany.

We also saw this movie on February 29, 2012 for Spring Semester.

No Man’s Land

Unlike the previous movies, this was the first time Boyer had shown No Man’s Land…at least since the creation of this blog! Set during the Bosnian war during the 1990s (which occurred as a result of the separation of various nations from Yugoslavia) , this 2001 movie was filmed in a variety of places including Slovenia, and includes many languages like Bosnian, English, French, and German. Here’s the deal: Two Bosnians and a Serb find themselves in the same trench. Problem is, they’re enemies in a confusing war, and one of the Bosnian soldiers is stuck on top of a mine which will explode if he moves. Chaos ensues, the UN “Smurfs” are called to solve the problem, and the ending…I won’t say. Those who watched it took a collective quiz at the end for class credit!

Good Bye Lenin!

This 2003 movie centers on the unification of Germany, illustrating how different East and West Germany were from each other in the 1980s and the sweeping changes that resulted in the former GDP following the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1989, Alexander Kerner lives with his mother, a woman who is an avid supporter of the German Democratic Republic. When Alex protests the regime, his mother suffers a heart attack and goes into a coma. During the time, the GDP ceases to exist as East Germany and West Germany become one state. To avoid having his mother’s condition worsen, Alex decides to recreate East Germany in their flat, while trying to shield her from the rapid changes occurring outside. The movie was filmed in Germany and likewise is in German. More movie points for all!

We showed this movie on September 27, 2011 for Fall 2011 and on February 8, 2012 for Spring 2012!

Charlie Wilson’s War

September 13 arrived, and that meant it was time for another movie! Charlie Wilson’s War was made in 2007 and based on a true story. Tom Hanks stars as Congressman Charlie Wilson, a man from Texas who loves to party. Congressman Wilson is on two foreign policy and covert-ops committees, and when a big supporter of his, Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) reveals to him the horrors that the Afganis face in 1980s Soviet Union-occupied Afganistan, Charlie decides to put his efforts into supplying the mujahideen with weapons to kick those Commies out! However, helping this group out militarily does have some consequences. This movie was made in the English language and was filmed in both California and Morocco.

This movie was also shown on February 1. 2012.

Outsourced

On August 30, the first international movie of the semester, Outsourced, was shown. Filmed in Seattle, Washington and India, this 2006 movie follows Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton), an American who sells novelty products. When Todd learns that his department is being outsourced, he heads to India to train his replacement. Today, outsourcing is common as businesses can move their labor to places where wages are cheaper. This movie also stars British-Indian actress Ayesha Dharker and was filmed in the English language.

This movie was also shown to kick off the spring semester on January  25, 2012.

Inception?

Yep, we watched Inception for our last international movie night. While Inception isn’t really international (it was made in America), it was still a good movie and a fun night! For that reason I’m not going to discuss the movie much, seeing as it’s pretty mainstream, but here’s the trailer for the film!

And while I’m at it, here’s a song from the soundtrack, because the music in here is excellent, too!