For my students–current and past–who are searching for terrific  films to watch (for synopses go to IMDB).


Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno’s The Yes Men Fix the World

Stephanie Black’s Life and Debt

Candida Brady’s Trashed

Jonathan Demme’s The Agronomist

Philippe Diaz’s The End of Poverty?

Mark Francis and Nick Francis’ Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Jim Hubbard’s United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP

Perla Issa, Adam Shapiro, and Aseel Mansour’s Chronicles of a Refugee

Sut Jhally’s Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land (watch film online)

Lee Hirsch’s Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc.

Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke

Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever

Mai Masri’s Frontiers of Dreams and Fears

Rick Rowley’s The Fourth World War (watch film online)

Jackie Salloum’s Slingshot Hip Hop

Maya Sanbar and Jeffrey Saunders’ Goal Dreams

Aaron Woolf’s King Corn

Films (Drama)

Hany Abu-Assad’s Rana’s Wedding

Sherman Alexie’s Smoke Signals

Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver

Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox

Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 3 Idiots

Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust

Ziad Doueri’s West Beirut

Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman

John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate

Stephen Frears’ Dirty, Pretty Things

Bahman Ghobadi’s Turtles Can Fly

Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You 

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie

Tony Kay’s American History X

Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing

Marc Levin’s Slam

Steve McQueen’s Hunger

Deepa Mehta’s Earth

Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory

Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay

Yousry Nasrallah’s Mercedes

Gregory Nava’s El Norte

Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit Proof Fence

Edward James Olmos’ Walkout

Nila Madhab Panda’s I Am Kalam

Raoul Peck’s Lumumba

Roman Polanski’s Chinatown

Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers

Satyajit Ray’s Ashani Sanket

Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap

Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live

David O. Russell’s Three Kings

Tawfik Saleh’s The Dupes

John Sayles’ Lonestar

Arpana Sen’s Mr. & Mrs. Iyer

Elia Suleiman’s Divine Intervention

Michael Winterbottom’s In This World

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