Danish, Swedish / 2010 / 119 min. / Susanne Bier
Juxtaposing the global and personal while exploring ethical complexity in the modern world, this winner of the 2010 Oscar for best foreign language film tells the story of two young boys dealing with a bully in Denmark that parallels events experienced by one of their fathers in Africa.
Lingala, French / 2017 / 129 min. / Alain Gomis
Félicité, a Congolese singer, desperately needs money after her son has a motorcycle accident. This evocative portrayal of everyday life in Kinshasa with streetwise camera-work is nominated for this year’s Oscar for best foreign language film.
English / 1977 / 96 min. / Marvin J. Chomsky
Roots, an epic saga of the American experience loosely following author Alex Haley’s family history from enslavement in colonial Africa down to emancipation, was the most watched TV series ever when it first premiered in 1977 and is an important representation of the history of race in America.
Japanese / 2016 / 130 min. / Sunao Katabuchi
This sensitive and touching anime by one of Japan’s best animators plays out in Hiroshima during WWII where a recently married 18-year-old woman battles to maintain the will to live as she struggles to take care of her family while the realities of war creep ever closer.