View Full Version : Movies Promoting Internationalism

April 10th, 2014, 13:45
I'm looking for some good movies that firmly express internationalism and communication between different ethnicities and cultures, like Babel or L'auberge espagnol; Babel is simply far too long though, and the latter is primarily in French, though it does have English subtitles. They're both also a bit risqué to show to SHS students here, though I definitely saw both when I was in high school.

As nice and simple as Disney/Pixar movies are, I'd really like to branch out and show them something a bit more obviously relevant to society - "broaden horizons" and all that jazz.

April 10th, 2014, 14:44
Bend it like Beckham?

It's the first one that comes to mind.

April 11th, 2014, 10:58
Just watched it, and it was decent. Would take about two class periods to finish, but decent.

Does anyone have anything else to offer?

April 11th, 2014, 13:32
Lost in Translation? Philadelphia? Grand Torino? Hotel Rwanda? American History X? Milk? Crash?

April 11th, 2014, 13:33
It's a wicket-era movie, older than dirt, but you might check out The Gods Must Be Crazy. Also has a few risque scenes, but the slapstick humor and awkwardness of the main dude really resonate with Japanese audiences. I was watching it with a friend's J-wifu and she thought it was the funniest gd thing she'd ever seen; actually asked me for a copy of it.

You might consider Stand and Deliver, although it's also quite dated and can only be found in VHS format with Japanese subtitles (if you find it on DVD, please let me know; I haven't even been able to [legally acquire] a version with J-subs).

The Joy Luck Club? Rated R, I doubt it would fly. MG likes it.

Maybe A Better Life or Under the Same Moon.

Slumdog Millionaire, maybe.

Shaolin Soccer (my favorite "sports" movie). It's actually kinda fascinating from a cultural perspective. I liked it a lot better than Kung-Fu Hustle, unlike pretty much every other Chow fan on the planet, apparently.

The Kite Runner?

I dunno. I'll try to think of a few more. Aside from Gods Must Be Crazy and Slumdog, I dunno that many of those actually promote internationalism, necessarily. Still, they might be worth a look.

April 11th, 2014, 14:13
West Side Story
A Raisin In The Sun
A Perfect World

April 11th, 2014, 14:15
Enemy Mine

April 11th, 2014, 14:25
Cool, these are great. I'll check them all out. Thanks guys.