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Cine y Cohesión Social

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(France, 2016)

 

A doctor from the Congo who settles in a very racist small town in France. The movie brings out some very serious issues about integration: the doctor tries too hard to fit in and the local people are not impressed. And he represses his own identity and his own family and community challenge him about this.

 

Tangerines 

(Georgia, 2013)

War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

 

Once

(Ireland, 2007)

Set in Ireland, a modern-day musical about a busker and a Czech immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

 

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

(India, 2015)

A man with a magnanimous spirit tries to take a young mute Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family.

 

Aarakshan

(Prakash Jha, India, 2011)

A decision by India's supreme court tests a man's friendships and loyalty.

 

Invictus

(Clint Eastwood, USA, 2009)

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

 

Budrus

(Julia Bacha, Israel, 2009)

Ayed Morrar, an unlikely Palestinian community organizer, unites all Palestinian political factions and Israelis. Together, they wage a lengthy lunch-counter-sit-in-style unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. They not only save the village, but the Barrier is pushed back behind the Green Line into No Man’s Land. In the process, Ayed and Iltezam unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.

 

District 9

(Neill Blomkamp, USA, New Zealand, 2009)

In 1990, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends.

 

Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis)

(Dany Boon, France, 2008)

Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a seaside town, on the French Riviera, at any cost. The trouble is that he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. Philippe is immediately banished to the distant unheard of town of Bergues, in the Far North of France. Leaving his child and wife behind, the crucified man leaves for his frightening destination, a dreadfully cold place inhabited by hard-drinking, unemployed rednecks, speaking an incomprehensible dialect called Ch'ti. Philippe soon realizes that all these ideas were nothing but prejudices and that Bergues is not synonymous with hell...

 

The Wave

(Dennis Gansel, Germany, 2008)

When Rainer Wegner, a popular high school teacher, finds himself relegated to teaching autocracy as part of the schools project week, hes less than enthusiastic. So are his students, who greet the prospect of studying fascism yet again with apathetic grumbling: The Nazis sucked. We get it. Struck by the teenagers complacency and unwitting arrogance, Rainer devises an unorthodox experiment. But his hastily conceived lesson in social orders and the power of unity soon grows a life of its own.

 

 

Soldiers of Peace

(Tim Wise, narration by Michael Douglas, 2008)

Created by Visions of Humanity, this film features people working for peace.  As well as dealing with the global arms race, it also offers vignettes of people working to build shared societies within ethnically divided communities in Nigeria, Israel, Kenya, Ireland, etc.

 

 

The Class

(Laurent Cantet, France, 2008)

Teacher François Marin and his colleagues are preparing for another school year teaching at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris. The teachers talk to each other about their prospective students, both the good and the bad. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but each teacher is an individual who will do things in his or her own way to achieve the results they desire.

 

Disgrace

(Steve Jacobs, Australia-South Africa, 2008)

David is an edgy 52 year old divorced white South African professor teaching the romantic poets when he befriends a student and they begin an affair. She is uneasy about the relationship and there is clearly an imbalance of power. David is disciplined by the university and is forced to resign. He is unrepentant about fulfilling his desires. David heads off to visit his adult lesbian daughter, Lucy, who is farming in the bush. He finds her living alone, but in a business partnership with Petrus a black farmer, who has settled adjoining land.

 

Gran Torino

(Clint Eastwood, USA, 2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy an old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth.

 

1 Euro, 3,5 Lei

(Carlos Iglesias, Spain, 2008)

Esta producción de 35 minutos es un retrato con imágenes de la inmigración rumana, uno de los fenómenos sociales que mayor controversia genera en la España del siglo XXI. Es una muestra de cómo la historia de la humanidad es cíclica. En la década de los 60 fueron los españoles, quienes dejaron su país huyendo de una dictadura y en busca de un mejor nivel de vida; ahora son los ciudadanos del este de Europa quienes llegan a la península con objetivos similares. En torno a este planteamiento gira el documental de Iglesias que pretende establecer un paralelismo entre españoles y rumanos, para mostrar que la migración es una constante en la historia de la humanidad. ¿Cómo? Combinando testimonios reales de rumanos que actualmente están en España con imágenes de la película ‘Un franco, 14 pesetas’ - también de su autoría-, que retrata la misma situación 50 años atrás.

 

The Visitor

(Tom McCarthy, USA, 2007)

A widowed college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple, who turn out to be illegal immigrants, living in his apartment.

 

Un cambio en la mirada. Cinco historias de América Latina

(Ramón de Fontecha, Spain-Argentina-Chile-Guatemala-Paraguay-Perú, 2007)

Las cinco historias que conforman el documental tienen algo en común: sus protagonistas son héroes anónimos que nos invitan a asomarnos a sus vidas y nos revelan una compleja realidad social en la que se vislumbra un camino para la esperanza. La narración permite observar reformas políticasy sociales a través de los ojos de las personas directamente afectadas por ellas y nos incita a reflexionar sobre la educación, la salud, el empleo, la justicia y las políticas fiscales necesarias para poder avanzar hacia la cohesión social en América Latina.

 

Un franco, 14 pesetas

(Carlos Iglesias, Spain, 2006)

Spain 1960, the dawn of the country’s economic development. Industrial “reorganization” means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martín is one of them. Martín, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live with Martín's parents in a basement apartment that comes with their job as superintendents of the building. Encouraged by Marcos, his friend and co-worker, Martín decides to emigrate to Switzerland. The whole family has to admit that for the time being this is the most promising plan. Unable to obtain a work contract from the Swiss Consulate, Martín and Marcos decide to go anyway, pretending they are tourists to get past the border police. Little Pablo will experience drastic changes in a short period of time: his father’s departure, a new way of life in a different country with a different environment, learning another language… But, afterwards, in Switzerland they will face new experiences which will allow them to live with renewed happiness.

 

Caché (Hidden)

(Michael Haneke, France, 2005)

In Paris, Georges Laurent is a famous host of a literary talk show on TV, who lives in a comfortable house with his wife Anne and their teenager son Pierrot. When Georges and Anne receives videotapes of surveillance of their private life and weird and gore childlike drawings, they go to the police, but they do not get any protection since there is not a clear menace to the Laurent family. When Georges follows a clue in one of the tapes that shows his childhood home, he meets his former adopted brother, the Algerian Majid and accuses him of sending the tapes. Meanwhile, through glimpses of Georges' nightmares, his lies due to his jealous relationship with his foster brother are disclosed.

 

The Syrian Bride

(Eran Riklis, Israel, 2004)

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home.

 

A Fond Kiss

(Ken Loach, United Kingdom, 2004)

In Glasgow, Scotland, the Pakistani parents of Casim Khan have decided that he is going to marry his cousin Jasmine. Unfortunately, Casim has just fallen in love with his younger sister's music teacher Roisin. Not only is she 'goree', a white woman, she is also Irish and catholic, things that may not go down well with Casim's parents. They start a relationship but Casim is torn between following his heart and being a good son.

 

Crash

(Paul Haggis, USA, 2004)

People are born with good hearts, but they grow up and learn prejudices. "Crash" is a movie that brings out bigotry and racial stereotypes. The movie is set in Los Angeles, a city with a cultural mix of every nationality. The story begins when several people are involved in a multi-car accident. From that point, we are taken back to the day before the crash, seeing the lives of several characters, and the problems each encounters during that day.

 

 

A Force More Powerful 

(Steve York, narration by Ben Kingsley, USA, 2000)

Created by the Non-violence Peace Force, the documentary describes 6 examples of people using non-violence to gain their rights and freedom: the Nashville Lunch Counters strike by black students in the 1960s; civil disobedience and boycotts against British Rule in India in the 1930s;  Eastern Cape consumer boycott against apartheid in South Africa in 1985; Danish resistance to Nazi occupation in 1940; the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland in the 1980s; and opposition to the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile in the 1970s and 80s.

 

 

East is East

(Damien O'Donnell, United Kingdom, 1999)

Zahir Khan was born in Pakistan and had got married for the first time there. Seeking better prospects, he immigrated to Britain, fell in love with Ella, a Caucasian, married her, and eventually became the father of six sons and one daughter. He wanted all of children to follow the Islamic tradition, and would parcel them in the "masjid van" every Friday for prayers and religious incantations. Arguements with Ella are one-sided, and end when he threatens to bring "Mrs. Khan" from Pakistan. His eldest son, Nadir, came to know that his dad was going to arrange his marriage, and ran away from home. Zahir, who now calls himself George, disowned him - all the more when he found out that Nadir is gay and is living with a male. While the children have all to settled down in the community, and have their respective romantic flings, they do not know that their father has plans to marry off two of his sons to two Pakistani sisters. Ella does her best in bringing up the children, and is not a party to the selection of two prospective Pakistani brides for two of her sons. Nevertheless, the family prepare themselves, and her sons are introduced to these women. After recovering from the initial shock of seeing the women face to face, the family settles down, leaving Khan to negotiate the details. Noticing that the apartment was very small, the brides' mother proposed that both boys should settle in their house after marriage. Watch how chaos takes over and how the overbearing Khan attempts to bring his family in line - or at least tries to, all this in the midst of Enoch Powell's announcement that his political party will expel all immigrants and send them back to their respective motherlands.

 

A Force More Powerful

(Steve York, USA, 1999)

 

Barrio

(Fernando León de Aranoa, Spain, 1998)

Javi, Manu y Rai son amigos y compañeros de instituto. Comparten los tres esa edad en la que ni se es hombre ni se es niño, en la que se habla mucho de chicas y muy poco con ellas. Comparten también la vida en el barrio, el calor del verano y un montón de problemas. El primero es el propio barrio, un barrio de grandes bloques de viviendas sociales, de ladrillo oscuro y arquitectura imposible. Allí hay pocas cosas que hacer, y en agosto aún menos. El centro de la ciudad queda lejos y está mal comunicado, así que los tres amigos pasan la mayor parte del tiempo en el barrio. Dicen los informativos que son millones los habitantes de la gran ciudad que en esos días se van a la costa. A los tres amigos les gustaría estar entre esos millones. Los escaparates de las agencias de viajes se llenan de ofertas tentadoras y de mulatas de cuatricomía. Los tres amigos se asoman a ellos como a ventanas. Juntos comprueban lo difícil que es salir del barrio y, en definitiva, lo difícil que es crecer.Finalmente la vida de Javi y Manu da un vuelco inesperado con la muerte de Rai.

 

America, America

(Elia Kazan, 1963)

Elia Kazan, ethnic Greek but Turkish by birth, tells the story of the struggles of his uncle - in this account named Stavros Topouzoglou - in emigrating to America. In the 1890's, the young, kind-hearted but naive Stavros lived in Anatolia, where the Greek and Armenian minorities were repressed by the majority Turks, this repression which often led to violence. Even Stavros being friends with an Armenian was frowned upon. As such, Stavros dreamed of a better life - specifically in America - where, as a result, he could make his parents proud by his grand accomplishments. Instead, his parents, with most of their money, sent Stavros to Constantinople to help fund the carpet shop owned by his first cousin once removed. What Stavros encountered on his journey, made on foot with a small donkey, made him question life in Anatolia even further.

 

 

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