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Suggested Films and Movies

American History X (1998) This movie shows racism in the United States expressed though an overt white supremacist organization. The question is raised whether one can transform oneself from this way of thinking and still be accepted by society. The movie shows how racism is learned and communicated from one generation to another while making a powerful statement about the effect such an affiliation has upon primary relationships with others. This movie makes you think. Rated: R (extremely violent in some portions)

Avalon (1991) 126 Min. This is an elegant portrayal of 20th century European immigration and assimilation in the United States . The story shows the changes that took place for the Krichinsky family in their process of becoming American and raising American children born in the US . Someone who has an immigration experience from a non-European background might want to review this and compare this to their own experience. One might also find this a useful study of how Europeans became white. Rated: PG

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 110 min. This television movie won 9 Emmy Awards. This is the story of Miss Jane Pittman, a freed slave, who is 110 years old at the start of the movie in the early 60’s. She narrates her story to a reporter and reviews the changes that have taken place throughout her life. Her story spans the course of her life up to the civil rights movement. Color, some violence. 110 minutes. This is a good video for those unfamiliar with this era of US American history. Stars Cicely Tyson.

Beyond Borders 2003 Starring Angelina Jolie. A British socialite is taken by the dedication of a young Doctor Callahan (Clive Owen) who is dedicated to helping children in political hotspots throughout the world. She joins him in going into refugee camps around the world helping to fight disease and starvation. (rated:R)

A Bronx Tale (1994) Starring Robert DeNiro. Directed by Robert DeNiro. This drama depicts life in the Bronx in the 60’s. Calogero is a young child who is caught between the value systems of his father (Lorenzo) and the local mob boss (Sonny). Running Time: 122 minutes (Rating: R for language)

Children of a Lesser God (1986) James Leeds (William Hurt) is a talented and innovative teacher who accepts a position at the school for the deaf where he teaches students to speak. This video fits Adler, Rosenfeld, and Towne’s definition of culture inasmuch as the deaf have a “set of values, beliefs, norms, customs, rules, and codes that socially define people giving them a sense of commonality.” Leeds is captivated by a former student, Sarah Norman (Marlee Maitlin), who refuses to learn to speak. This movie illustrates nonverbal communication, perception, stereotyping and conflict in the context of a intercultural relationship. Length: 110 minutes Rating: R (for language and nude silhouettes in the pool scene).

Chocolat PG-13, 122 min. (2000) This is the story of Vianne and her arrival in a little French village, eager to set up her chocolate shop. The store also becomes a source temptation for the religious Catholic village who is observing Lent. Additionally, the chocolates heighten both the weaknesses and the very humanity of the villagers providing a thoughtful and delightful way to explore the fallibility of human nature.

City of Joy (1992) Starring Patrick Swayze, Om Puri, and Pauline Collins. This story combines the efforts of an American Doctor, a British nurse and an Indian farmer who try to raise the quality of life in Calcutta ‘s ghetto, the City of Joy . This movie shows a striking contrast between American values and Indian values and the struggle this creates for the people in Calcutta . Rated PG13. Time 134 minutes.

Come See the Paradise (1990) An Alan Parker film. Starring Dennis Quaid & Tamlyn Tomita. This video presents a historical storyline of the Kawamura family and their experience in the Japanese internment during WWII. It involves an interracial relationship as well. This video begins and ends in Sacramento and some suggest that the internment portion of the video come from some of the testimony of Mary Tsukamoto, long time Elk Grove resident for whom Elk Grove’s Mary Tsukamoto school is named. Rated R. Running Time 135 minutes.

Crossing Delancey (1989) This story gives a profile of Jewish community life in New York ‘s Lower East Side . The story revolves around the desire of a mother to find a husband for her career driven daughter through the use of a matchmaker. While stereotypical in many aspects, this light hearted tale explores how our lives very often limit the choices we make when searching for and choosing a life long mate. Rated PG

Cry, The Beloved Country (1995) This recent remake of a popular classic by Alan Paton tells the story of the lives of two families brought together by a death in apartheid South Africa . The minister father (James Earl Jones) sets out for Johannesburg to find what has happened to his estranged family. He learns that his daughter has become a prostitute to support her child, and his son is imprisoned awaiting trial for killing a white man in the course of a robbery. While these may appear on paper as negative stereotypes, one soon realizes that these are not bad people. Nor is the father of the slain white man, bound up in the rules of apartheid, rules that his son violated when he open up a youth club for black males. Lead roles are played by Richard Harris and James Earl Jones. For those who like stories that also teach a little history, this is a wonderful video. Rated: PG 13.

Dead Again (1991) While this is not a film about an intercultural relationship, the underlying mystery shows how the principle of karma works. Many Buddhists and Hindus believe in karma. This is the belief that the totality of a person’s actions in one state of existence will determine the fate of the next stage. Let Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh delight you in this two thumbs up performance!!

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) Based on his real life story, this movie tells of the life of Bruce Lee from his early years in Hong Kong to his emigration to the United States and his rise to prominence in the motion picture industry. Viewers not only see the tremendous skill of Lee (portrayed by Jason Scott Lee), but they also get a glimpse of the challenges he faced in his search for success not only in work, but in his marriage to a woman of European heritage. Rated: PG13

Everyday People Released: 2005 From a review posted to ” A low budget ensemble film that deserves a wider audience. A character study of a Brooklyn Jewish owned restaurant (a neighborhood institution for decades) that seems destined to be sold in the name of progress to shrewd developers whose plan to upscale a working class, on the decline neighbor-hood. Employees and customers (many, regulars) must come to grips with personal family and societal issues that are all too real. The acting is first rate, the script a winner with realistic dialogue. This is a solid piece of cinema that gives us the real tempo and beat of a Brooklyn the way life often is….full of hopes, dreams, racial and ethnic diatribes, working class versus upscale mentality, the haves and the have nots and so much more. Not rated.

A Far Off Place (1993) Walt Disney Rated: PG 107 minutes This is the story about a Bushman, a visiting city boy and a young American (living in Africa ), who flee across the desert from poachers who are trying to kill them. Good cinematography that depicts examples of cultural adaptations to ecological challenges.

Finding Forrester (2000) PG13 Starring Sean Connery. This is a recent release which explores an intercultural, intergenerational mentor relationship between Jamal Wallace and William Forrester. Against a backdrop of stereotypes, Jamal Wallace is trying to downplay his love of reading in the midst of his desire to improve his writing. His test scores open the door to an academic scholarship at a prestigious private school where Jamal’s talent is second-guessed by his writing teacher. This is one of a number of videos that explores issues related to academic underachievement in non-white populations. If you would like to focus on this issue in the course for all your choice points assignments, you may also wish to check out the following videos: Lean On Me, Dangerous Minds, and Stand and Deliver. Then go read Henry Giroux’ article: “Race, Pedagogy and Whiteness in ‘Dangerous Minds.'” Cineaste 22(1996): 46. The article should be accessible through Infotrac in CRC library database.

“First, Do No Harm.” (1997) 94 min. Rated: PG13 Stars Meryl Streep. This is the story of one family’s effort to find a solution to their son’s epilepsy which is non-responsive to prescription treatment. In their search for answers in the face of their son’s declining medical condition, they are discouraged from exploring the option of possible control through a ketogenic diet. Be sure to watch the end of the film to see how many of the cast members have epilepsy and are currently seizure-free because of the controversial diet. (This is an excellent companion video if you are reading “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” making one rethink how much the culture of medicine may be responsible for Lia’s problems.)

Grand Canyon (1991) Starring Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell, Mary-Louise Parker, and Alfre Woodard. This video poses thoughtful questions abut life and its possibilities. It shows how one event can change a person’s life. Whether we believe in fate or miracles, each viewer is given the opportunity to explore different explanations for why things happen. Are events in life serendipitous, or are they a part of some greater plan? Running Time 134 min.

Gung Ho (1986) This is the story of a Japanese company (Assan Motors) that comes to Hadleyville, a small US town. Viewers will see many examples of cultural misunderstandings as Japanese and U.S workers fail to remove their “lenses” when communicating with one another. Rated: PG13. 111 minutes.

Heaven & Earth (1993) 140 min. R This is the story of a woman’s survival of the political upheaval of her country Vietnam and the challenges she faces in her new life in the United States. It is an emotional drama, based upon a true story and shows some of the “collateral” costs of war upon civilian life.

Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990) PG-13 (This has many of the same actors as those in Come See the Paradise .) This is a drama that attempts to retell the bombing of Hiroshima as seen through the eyes of the survivors at ground-zero.

The Hurricane (2000) 2 hrs. 26 min R – Denzel Washington. This got bad reviews for its select and perhaps slanted telling of the true story of Rubin “Hurricaine” Carter, but I sure liked it! The survival of anyone after 20 years in prison for a crime not committed is a triumph. This telling shows a statement of character, the building of a self-made spirit, and the grit to keep going. Perhaps few of us would use incarceration to educate ourselves, to write a book, to make the most of a most unjust situation. This is a story of one man’s survival during a time in US history when civil rights were still being considered a benevolence rather than a birthright. This story shows how three Canadians on a mission to help one child, saved another man in the process.

In America – Video release: 2004. Fans of Director Jim Sheridan this film s tars the incandescent Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine as two young Irish parents who have lost their only son. Trying to run away from their grief, they move (illegally) to New York City with their two daughters, Christy (Sarah Bolger) and Ariel (Emma Bolger). They struggle with meager jobs and develop a friendship with an eccentric artist in an apartment below them who helps them to rebuild their family. From a review posted to : ” In America is splendidly acted throughout–of particular note are the two girls, real-life sisters whose on-screen charisma is clearly a family trait. But it’s Morton who anchors the movie; her every emotion seems to glow from her skin. The commitment of the actors keeps the movie compelling, despite some dangerously sentimental patches .” Rated: R

Japanese Story Video Release: 2004 From a reveiew posted to “The incandescent Australian actress Toni Collette (from The Sixth Sense and Connie and Carla ) has one of her biggest, juiciest roles in this delicate character study. She plays a geologist stuck babysitting a Japanese businessman when he visits the Australian outback. Some passable road movie stuff and a slow-developing romance keep the slender premise going for a while, and then a single event–which comes quite out of the blue–changes everything. This event also stops the story dead in its tracks, a problem director Sue Brooks can’t find a way around. As with so many Aussie road movies, the desert scenery is spectacular and beautifully photographed. But the main reason to see this mood piece is Toni Collette, who creates a vivid character, by turns rowdy and contemplative, a woman who sees life as a lark and discovers that there may be something more to it. ” Rated: R

The Joy Luck Club (1993) This highly acclaimed video tells the story of four immigrant Chinese women and their lives as they each try to raise their daughter in the United States . This story portrays the many different experiences of families who live in the realities of two cultures. Based on the story by Amy Tan. Rated R 139 min.

Kandahar (2001) – This is a story about a Canadian born woman of Afghan heritage who is trying to get to her sister in Afghanistan before she commits suicide. This is a foreign language film, but the images in it will stick in your mind for a long time and you’ll how life plays out under the rule of the Taliban. This film won a jury prize at the Cannes film festival. Be adventurous! Try this one, available at Blockbuster.

Life is Beautiful (1998) PG-13 English subtitles. (Don’t let this stop you! This is quite a story.) says this: Roberto Benigni accomplishes the impossible in his World War II comedy Life Is Beautiful: he shapes a simultaneously hilarious and haunting comedy out of the tragedy of the Holocaust. An international sensation and the most successful foreign language film in U.S. history, the picture also earned director-co-writer-star Benigni Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor. He plays the Jewish country boy Guido, a madcap romantic in Mussolini’s Italy who wins the heart of his sweetheart (Benigni’s real-life sweetie, Nicoletta Braschi) and raises a darling son (the adorable GiorgioCantarini) in the shadow of fascism. When the Nazis ship the men off to a concentration camp in the waning days of the war, Guido is determined to shelter his son from the evils around them and convinces him they’re in an elaborate contest to win (of all things) a tank. Guido tirelessly maintains the ruse with comic ingenuity, even as the horrors escalate and the camp’s population continues to dwindle–all the more impetus to keep his son safe, secure, and, most of all, hidden.

Like Water for Chocolate (1994) This video is in Spanish with English subtitles. This story is not really about intercultural communication. Rather, for most viewers it is an intercultural experience. This is the story of forbidden love that stems from an old tradition. When Pedro is forbidden to marry Tita he marries her sister instead. What evolves is a delicious tale filled with food and fantasy as characters try to fulfill their dreams to be with one another. Be sure to comment in your paper about the reasonableness or unreasonableness of being able to marry the person you love. Rated: R 105 minutes

The Last Days (1998) Rated: PG-13 Academy Award Winner, Best Documentary Feature. This documentary explores the experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors (a grandmother, a teacher, a U.S. Congressman, a businessman, and an artist) who return to their hometowns and to the concentration camps where they were imprisoned. If you check out this video from me there is about a 30 sec. segment of interference in the beginning of the documentary. The tape does get back on track, so keep watching.

A Long Walk Home (1990) Starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. This movie depicts the life of the segregated south during the 1950’s. The Montgomery , Alabama bus boycott is the historical setting for viewers to examine the link between feminism and the civil rights movement. Rated PG

The Long Way Home (1997) Not rated. 120 minutes This Academy Award winning documentary tells of the post WWII plight of those who survived the Holocaust. Leonard Maltin gives this account: “Exceptional, Oscar-winning documentary about the incredible story of Jews who–once freed from Nazi concentration camps–were forced to endure yet another ordeal. Unwelcome in their homelands, bereft of families, they were held in squalid detention camps or arrested for illegal immigration until the formation of the state of Israel in 1948. Well told through the use of archival footage, on-camera interviews, and the words of survivors and participants. This is another good video for those focusing on Holocaust studies.

Losing Isaiah (1995) R 108 min . Starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry A Chicago social worker adopts a child that was abandoned in the trash by its crack addicted mother. Several years later when the mother cleans herself up she returns to claim her son. The drama not only explores issues of redemption and survival, but also the intercultural issue of interracial adoption.

Matewan (1987) Rated PG13 Starring Chris Cooper and James Earl Jones. Available at the Learning Resources Center (1st floor CRC library). This story is based on a real life incident showing life in the company town of Matewan , West Virginia in 1920 as workers struggle to survive during a coal miner’s strike. The use of immigrant labor, black miners, and a union organizer all combine to create serious exploration of American culture at that time. The history of the American labor movement toward unionization is explored against a backdrop of racial and ethnic prejudice.

Mississippi Burning (1988) Rated R Time 127 min. Starring Gene Hackman and Willem DaFoe. This video explores racial hatred in the Southern part of the United States during the mid 60’s. The story involves and FBI investigation into the disappearance of three young civil rights workers.

Mississippi Masala (1992) Rated R Starring Denzel Washington & Sarita Choudhury. In a similar storyline as Jungle Fever, this movie explores what happens when an interracial relationship develops in Greenwood , Mississippi . Secondarily, it explores the relocation of an Indian family from Uganda to the southern United States .

The Mosquito Coast (1985) Rated PG Starring Harrison Ford. This is the story of an American who is upset with the US and decides to take himself and his family to Central America to create a utopia wherein he will be totally in charge. This movie raises very interesting questions regarding the interrelatedness of cultural forces. It would be a good one to watch if you are reading the Poisonwood Bible, another story in which a family is forced to live “out of their element.”

My Family (1995) Stars Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This is the story of the three generation Sanchez family. It begins with the grandfather’s journey from Mexico to Los Angeles in 1920 and ends in the present day. The progression of the story brings to life the challenges of raising any family and adds the colorful landscape of Mexican culture as it exists for many in the United States . Rated R 126 min.

Old Gringo (1989) Jane Fonda, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Peck Jane Fonda, a frustrated and unmarried woman leaves the US to find herself. Gregory Peck plays the role of the old gringo, a retired writer and journalist (Ambrose Bierce) is also searching for meaning. The setting is the Mexican Revolution and the story line shows how their three lives are brought together. If you watch this, compare the world views presented and how these affect how the three characters view the world.

Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (1995) This is the story about an extended African American family living in the South after WWII. It offers a portrait of segregated life in the United States without passing judgment on the social framework in which it was difficult for Blacks to thrive. Rated: PG Color 113 minutes

Passion Fish (1992) Rated: R Alfre Woodard and Mary McDonnel Soap opera actress Mary McDonnel is paralyzed in an auto accident and returns to her home in Louisiana where she can suffer a life of anger and self pity. She fires a series of nurses until she meets her match in Alfre Woodard. The question her is whether there is a universal part of life that is unaffected by culture? To what extent does culture really make a difference in this relationship?

The Piano – (1993) 120 min. R Starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Anna Paquin. The context for this film is a 19th century setting in remote New Zealand where a tale of love and sex is told from a woman’s point of view. Although mute from birth, Hunter expresses herself through her piano playing and strikes a bargain with her Maori neighbor that brings both passion and pain into the script. Hunter and Paquin received Oscars for their performances. Watch this for cultural universals and/ or differences. This is an interesting film to watch, not only for its unpredictable plot, but because there are few stereotypes upon which the viewer can rely. Does the remote setting (lack of a large normative social network) change the rules? How important are norms in isolated circumstances?

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) This is the summary given online at ” Based on a true story, Rabbit-Proof Fence moves with dignified grace from its joyful opening scenes to a conclusion that’s moving beyond words. The title refers to a 1,500-mile fence separating outback desert from the farmlands of Western Australia . It is here, in 1931, that three aboriginal girls are separated from their mothers and transported to a distant training school, where they are prepared for assimilation into white society by a racist government policy. Gracie, Daisy, and Molly belong to Australia ‘s “stolen generations,” and this riveting film (based on the book by Molly’s daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara) follows their escape and tenacious journey homeward, while a stubborn policy enforcer (Kenneth Branagh) demands their recapture.

Racism 101 (A Frontline Series) Available at the Learning Resource Center at CRC. A PBS News Documentary (1988) This video explores the return of racial prejudice to college campuses. 54 minutes.

Raise the Red Lantern 125min. Rated PG(Mandarin w/ subtitles) 1991 nominated for Best Foreign Film Set in China in the 1920’s, this shows communal life in an estate where there is more than one wife. Every night the wives must wait until dusk to see where the red lantern will be raised, indicating with whom the husband will sleep. With the lantern comes special privileges and honor leading to rivalry among the wives.

Reincarnation – Coming Home (1994) 118 min. Special Interest Video Over 2/3 of the world believe in some form of reincarnation. This video explains facts and myths related to the subject. This video also shows hypnotism of people taking them back to prior life experiences as was done in Dead Again . This is an educational video and may not be as interesting to some unless you have a real interest in reincarnation.

Remember the Titans (2000) This film stars Denzel Washington who plays coach Herman Boone. This movie is based upon a true but little known episode in the racial history of American sports – the integration of a high school football team in Alexandria, Va., in 1971. Boone becomes head coach by order of the school board forcing a winning coach to step aside. Rated PG

Rosewood (1997) This script is based on a true story of the Rosewood massacre., the near extinction of a Black Florida community which resulted from the racial tensions which grew from an untrue claim of assault of a black upon a white. This represents one of serveral lesser known incidents in which black communities suffered tremendous personal and economic losses. The Tulsa race riot of 1911 is another such example. Rated: R 142 minutes. Color.

Schindler’s List – (1993) Rated: R Color/B&W, 195 minutes. This movie won seven Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score and Cinematography. Starring Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, this story tells the story of real life Oskar Schindler, a Caholic war profiteer who made business deals with the Nazis but eventually went broke in his efforts to save the lives of over 1000 Polish Jews by employing them in his factory.

Some Mother’s Son (1996) Produced by Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin and Edward Burke. Written by Terry George and Jim Sheridan. This depicts cultural conflict between the Irish and English and tells a fictionalized account of history that reveals the plight of Bobby Sands, one a number of IRA members who went on a hunger strike in 1981 in Belfast Prison. While the movie tells of his election to parliament while in prison, more of the plot is given to the struggle of two mothers, faced with the decision whether to authorize IV feeding for their sons when they lapse into comas. Running time: 111 minutes. Classified R (for language and some political violence and suffering).

Something the Lord Made – Video release: 2005. From : Something the Lord Made recounts the relationship between Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivian Thomas (Mos Def). It begins in 1930s Nashville when imperious cardiac surgeon Blalock hires Thomas, an African American carpenter, as his janitor. When the latter reveals a passion for medicine and facility with surgical instruments, Blalock promotes him to lab tech. Thomas isn’t given a raise, works side jobs to make ends meet, and is expected to be grateful. Along the way, he follows Blalock from Vanderbilt to Johns Hopkins, where they save thousands of lives through their pioneering work, but will Thomas ever get any credit? The film provides a satisfying answer to that question. Joseph Sargent ( A Lesson Before Dying ) directs with subtlety and intelligence, while Rickman and Mos Def are in top form, often underplaying where most actors would do otherwise. Something the Lord Made won the 2004 Emmy for outstanding made-for-TV movie . Not Rated.

Sophie’s Choice (1982) Rated: R 150 min. Starring Meryl Streep (Best Actress) and Kevin Kline This drama is based on the fictional story of William Styron and tells the story of an Auschwitz survivor who now lives in Brooklyn in a boarding house. Sophie’s story unfolds as she shares her secrets with an aspiring writer and neighbor as well as a viewing audience who learn of the horrors of the Holocaust and the emotional devastation of Sophie’s choice. (Bring tissue.) If you have never seen this, don’t dismiss it because it seems old. This is an awesome video.

Sound and Fury – 2002 – Documentary. From ” Academy Award(r)-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deafness in three generations, as they confront a technological device that threatens deaf culture – and their bonds with each other. For the Artinians, a surgical ear implant means the choice between life in the mainstream and the longevity of the deaf community, a robust culture in its own right, united by a uniquely visual and artistic language. Six-year-old Heather — precocious, vivacious, deaf and a candidate for implant surgery — is caught between her deaf parents and her hearing grandparents, as they argue passionately about her future. The debate is sometimes silent, but by no means quiet. When all is done, Sound and Fury speaks volumes about the choices we make and the battles we fight in order to be heard. ” Not Rated

Stand and Deliver Starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips. This motivational movie portrays the true story of high school teacher Jaime Escalante (now teaching at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento ) who inspired his students to master the challenge of Advanced Placement Calculus. Their scores were so outstanding that the students were accused of cheating and had to retake the exam. Jaime Escalante is from Bolivia , and his interactions with the students of varied cultures in Garfield High shows the extent to which we can celebrate the fact that we are much more alike than different. Here is a question to answer in your paper: To what extent do you think Jaime Escalante’s culture helped him in connecting with his students? While many were Spanish speakers, they were not from Bolivia .

Waiting for Guffman – Released: 1998 Posted at One of the funniest films in many a moon was hiding at art house theaters in 1998. Christopher Guest creates the ultimate parody of small-town dramatics. Corky St. Claire (Guest), an overwhelming drama director hiding out in Blaine , Missouri , thinks he has found the vehicle to put him back on Broadway: the city’s 150th anniversary play, Red, White, and Blaine . As rehearsals start, we learn of the town’s history. The mockumentary follows the various townsfolk wishing for stardom: Parker Posey as a Dairy Queen clerk, Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard as stage-struck travel agents, Matthew Keeslar as the town’s bad boy, and Eugene Levy (who co-wrote the film with Guest) as a dentist who dreams of glory on the stage. The film is a hoot from beginning to end .” For those who are studying whiteness, this film provides many glimpses under humorous conditions Rated: R

A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Stars Keanu Reeves, Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. After returning from WWII, a young GI realizes he has little in common with the war bride he left behind. He leaves to find work as a traveling salesman and comes to the aid of a young woman who is the daughter of a wealthy vineyard owner. She is returning home from graduate school unmarried and pregnant. The young soldier volunteers to pose as her husband for one night which sets in motion a series of events which will change their lives forever. This video shows a wonderful contrast of European and Mexican culture at an interpersonal level. Rated: PG13 , Running Time 105 minutes.

We of Never Never (1983) This is a true story based on the 1902 memoirs of Jennie Gunn, the first white woman to travel into the Australian Outback. Jennie must earn acceptance from the male ranchers as well as the Aborigines. This movie shows a striking contrast between the life of the ranch hands and the Aboriginals and raises thoughtful questions about cultural relativism. Rated PG.

White Man’s Burden (1995) Starring Harry Belafonte and John Travolta. This is the story of life in the United States for blacks and whites under conditions where the roles have been reversed. Here, prejudice keeps the white man in his place. In the midst of some predictable scenes and outcomes is a thoughtful portrayal of the frustrating difficulties faced by those who lack political and social equality in the United States. Rated: R


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