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(Films I heartily recommend, which are thought provoking and inspiring)
 
 
 
 

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RECENTLY RELEASED FILMS:
 
AMANDLA
 - Lee Hirsh stylishly shows how South Africa's music and musicians joined the fight against apartheid. Check out the website:
 
ARARAT
 - about the Armenian Genocide, truth, art....
 
BLOODY SUNDAY
 - about the Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland. 
 
BOB ROBERTS
 - Directed & starring US peace activist & actor Tim Robbins. A satyrical  commentary on the US political system and its manipulation by a yuppie conservative who sings his way to power with the folk melodies of the '60s. Very funny and all too real....a rare gem from Hollywood!
 
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
 - the new hilarious AND hard-hitting documentary about guns in the U.S.A., by film-maker Michael Moore. There's a great website for it: <http://www.bowlingforcolumbine.com>
 
BROOKLYN BABYLON
 
THE FINAL SOLUTION
 - based on a true story, about a hard-core racist white man in South Africa who became a committed peacemaker before apartheid ended. Here is the website address:
 
THE FOURTH WORLD WAR
 - While American airwaves are crowded with talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human face of war is rarely seen. The Fourth World War weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground - from the front lines of struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, the North from Seattle to Genova, and the War on Terror in New York and Iraq.

The product of over two years of filming, The Fourth World War is a new kind of film for a new world. The intensity and immediacy of its images are beyond anything the mainstream media can shoot, the intimacy and passion of its stories are beyond anything it can feel. Narrated by Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad and Singer Michael Franti of Spearhead, it is a radical story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides.<http://www.bignoisefilms.com/4ww/index.htm>

A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY
 - by the great Black film-maker Spike Lee:
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
 - starring Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland and Robert Carlyle
 
LIFE AND DEBT
 - the IMF and the World Bank cop a hammering in this documentary about these institutions' imapct on the Jamaican economy. Check out the lovely website: <http://www.lifeanddebt.org/>
 
NED KELLY
 
ONLY THE DEVIL SPEAKS CREE
 - about the 20th century Native American children who were forcibly removed from their parents and kept in boarding school prisons where they were forced to give up their culture and families
 
PEACE x PEACE
 - Documentary; more than a year in the making, PEACE BY PEACE: Women on the Frontlines was chosen by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to premiere at the United Nations on October 30, 2003, and will serve as a key piece in a week-long anniversary celebration of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on "Women, Peace, and Security". <http://www.peacexpeace.org/documentary.htm>
 
PRISON SONG
 - with Mary J. Blige.
 
REDUNDANCIES... AND OTHER MINOR MATTERS
 - explores impacts of the 1998 Waterfront Dispute in Australia, on a group of Patricks workers and their families.
 
STEAL THIS MOVIE
 
TO END ALL WARS
 
 
 
OLDER FILMS:
 
AGAINST THE WALL
 - true story, about the Attica prisoner uprising and campaign for prisoners' rights, and the massacre of the prisoners by the authorities.
 
ALIENS
 - great science fiction film. I like it how the main female character (the hero) is calmer and braver than most of the men and the marines, plus she shows a kind side too :) 
 
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
 
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
 - the 1930 version is perhaps the greatest anti-war film ever made.
 
AMARCORD
 
AMERICAN DREAM (1990)
 
AMERICAN HISTORY X
 
AMERICAN ME
 
AMISTAD (1997)
 
ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA (a.k.a. ANDY WARHOL'S BLOOD FOR DRACULA; a.k.a. DRACULA CERCA SANGUE DI VERGINE E... MORI DI SETE)
 
ANIMAL FARM
 
A NOUS LA LIBERTE
 
THE APARTMENT
 
THE ASSAULT
 
THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982)
 
AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD
 
ATTACK OF THE CLONES
 
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MS JANE PITTMAN (1973)
 
AY, CARMELA! (1990)
 
THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ
 
BARFLY
 
BANANAS
 
BANDIT QUEEN
 
THE BANK
 
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (a.k.a. MAARAKAT ALGER)(1965)
 - about the revolution in Algeria.
 
THE BATTLE OF CHILE (1976)
 
THE BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925)
 
BEFORE STONEWALL (1985)
 
BEHIND THE HOOD
 
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
 
BERKELEY IN THE '60S (1990)
 
BEST OF THE BEST 3 - NO TURNING BACK
 
BETRAYED (1989)
 
BEYOND RANGOON (1995)
 
BEYOND BORDERS (2003)
 - Set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots, this thrilling romantic adventure stars Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie as Sarah Jordan, a sheltered American socialite living in London. When she meets Nick Callahan (Clive Owen) a renegade doctor, his commitment to humanitarian efforts in war-torn nations moves her deeply. Driven by her passion for Nick and his life's work, Sarah risks everything to embark on a perilous journey that leads to the volatile far corners of the earth.
 
BIG DADDY
 
THE BIG ONE (1997)
 
BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
 - funny, feel-good film in which the heroes resolve conflict (mostly) without violence. "Be excellent to each other" :)
 
BILLY ELLIOT
 
BILLY JACK
 
BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON
 
BLACK FURY (1935)
 
BLACK RAIN (a.k.a. KUROI AME)
 - about the effects of the atom bomb on the people of Hiroshima.
 
BLOOD OATH
 
BLUE COLLAR (1978)
 - auto workers fight back - comedy/drama starring Richard Pryor.
 
BLUE JEAN COP
 
BOB ROBERTS (1992)
 
BOPHA
 
BORN IN FLAMES (1983)
 
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)
 - Vietnam anti-war film.
 
BOUND FOR GLORY (1976)
 
BOYZ N THA HOOD
 
BRASSED OFF (1996)
 
BRAVEHEART
 
BREAD AND ROSES
 - A great film by socialist film-maker, Ken Loach - about illegal immigrant workers from Mexico, in the U.S..
 
BREAD AND ROSES
 - NZ socialist woman's life.
 
BREAKING WITH OLD IDEAS (1975)
 
BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI
 
A BRIGHT SHINING LIE
 
BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON
 - about St Francis of Assissi - in a hippy style. I loved it :)
 
BULWORTH (1998)
 - stars Warren Beatty as a sell-out politician who seems to have gone nuts and starts being honest - saying all the stuff we know is true - that politicians pretty much never say - and dresses like Seth Green in "Can't Hardly Wait" and raps his speeches and stuff. Weird and corny and funny.
 
BURN! (1970)
 - a movie about revolution in Haiti.
 
BURNING SEASON
 - the Chico Mendez story - true story starring Raul Julia.
 
BUSINESS AS USUAL (1987)
 
CANADIAN BACON
 - a fictional film by Michael Moore, starring Alan Alda, John Candy, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollack and Rip Torn.
 
CARLA'S SONG (1996)
 - Ken Loach film - about a Woman from Nicaragua[?] and a man from the UK who travel to her homeland during wars there.
 
CASUALTIES OF WAR
 
CATCH-22
 
CHILDREN OF THE STORK (JE SUIS NÉ D'UNE CIGOGNE) (1999)
 - Wow! This is one of my favourite films of all time! Tony Gatlif, whose films Gadjo Dilo and Latcho Drom have been highly acclaimed, here turns his attention to the subject of illegal immigration. In France, young couple Otto and Louna, anarchistic and unemployed, rescue a so-called wounded stork, actually an illegal immigrant from Algeria, who is hoping to reach a relative in Germany after hiding under a truck. The couple team up with a teenage Arab intellectual Ali and the trio, wielding a gun and travelling in a stolen car, set about getting "the stork" to freedom. Stars Romain Duris, Rona Hartner and Ouassini Embarek. (From France, in French, German and Arabic, English subtitles)
 
THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979)
 
CHINATOWN (1974)
 
CITY OF GOD
 
CITY OF JOY
 - with Patrick Swayze
 
CIVIL ACTION (1998)
 
CLOCKERS
 
THE COLOUR PURPLE
 
COMANDANTE
 - a film about Fidel Castro, by Oliver Stone
 
COMING TO AMERICA
 
COMRADES (1987)
 
THE CONFORMIST
 
CONRACK
 
COUSIN BOBBY (1991)
 
CRADLE WILL ROCK (1999)
 
CRAZY HORSE
 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE (1990)
 - How much justice is there in our criminal justice system(s), really? "Criminal Justice" is a quasi-docudrama TV flick which takes the viewer step-by-step through the US criminal justice system from crime to punishment. The film breaks down the whole let's-make-a-deal process using a Brooklyn N.Y. robbery/assault case as an example in which the players are Whitaker as the accused; LaPaglia as the public defender; Perez as the victim; and Gray as the Asst. D.A. The film plays no favorites as it takes a didactic and dispassionate look at the problems facing both sides in a case where justice must be dispensed even though no one, including the audience, knows who committed the crime. "Criminal Justice" is an earnest project which is more interesting than entertaining and is worth a look by anyone with an interest in the title subject.
 
CRY FREEDOM (1987)
 
CUBA
 
DAMIEN THE LEPER PRIEST
 
DANCES WITH WOLVES
 
A DANGEROUS LIFE
 - about people power and the fall of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.
 
D' ARTANGNAN'S DAUGHTER
 
THE DAY AFTER
 
THE DAY AFTER TRINITY (1980)
 
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
 
DEAD PRESIDENTS
 
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
 
THE DISCRETE CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE
 
THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN
 
DIVIDED WE FALL
 - Based on a true story, this black comedy is about the ability of fear and necessity to turn common people into heroes. Set in a small Czech town occupied by the German Army during the last years of World War II. One day a childless Czech couple named Josef and Marie come across their former neighbour (David), a Jew who has managed to escape imprisonment in a Nazi camp. Although desperately fearful of taking on such a potentially dangerous responsibility, they decide to offer David refuge in their home. This is the beginning of a dramatic fight for survival that forever connects their fates.
 
DR STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
 
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
 
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
 
THE DOGS OF WAR
 
DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
 
DROP SQUAD
 
A DRY WHITE SEASON (1989)
 
EAT THE RICH
 
EL NORTE (1984)
 
EL SALVADOR: ANOTHER VIETNAM (1981)
 
THE EMERALD FOREST
 
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
 
EMPIRE OF THE SUN
 
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
 
ERIN BROCKOVICH
 
ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA: THE BOLIVIAN DIARY (1994)
 
EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES
 
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (a.k.a. EL ANGEL EXTERMINADOR)
 
FAHRENHEIT 9/11
 
FAIL SAFE
 
FIDEL
 
FIESTA
 
THE FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE FARMWORKERS' STRUGGLE (1997)
 
FIRE ON THE AMAZON
 
F.I.S.T.
 - starring Sylvester Stallone.
 
FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (a.k.a. DUCK, YOU SUCKER!)
 - action/comedy by Sergio Leone, the famous "spaghetti (Italian-made) western" film-maker. It's about an IRA terrorist and a Mexican bandit who both end up taking part in the Mexican revolution.
 
FLASHBACK
 
THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
 
FLY BY NIGHT
 
FOREST WARRIOR (1996)
 - A group of kids learn about the legend of the ranger McKenna. Back in 1875, McKenna was killed by men from the railroad because he refused to sell Indian land to them. However the spirits of the mountain brought McKenna back to life and he now lives in the forest as a guardian spirit, able to assume to form of his favourite animals – the bear, the wolf and the eagle. In the present, lumber miller Travis Thorne is planning to cut down the trees on Tanglewood Mountain. While the kids are playing at a treehouse they discover in the woods, they encounter Thorne’s heavies. As they are menaced, the spirit of McKenna appears to drive Thorne and the millers from the mountain and protect the environment.
 
FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY
 
4 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
 
4 LITTLE GIRLS (1998)
 
FRANCESCO
 - about St Francis of Assissi - starring Mickey Rourke.
 
FREEDOM SONG
 - very recent movie about a town in southern USA during the civil rights movement.
 
FREEWAY
 
THE FRONT (1976)
 
FULL METAL JACKET
 
GALLOWAY VS WASHINGTON
 -  On 17 May, accused of involvement in Iraqi oil trades, prominent British anti-war MP George Galloway confronted his accusers in the US senate, and used the occasion to unleash an indictment of the Iraq war with a stunning ferocity.
 "I want to put these people on trial. This group of neo-cons is involved in the mother of smokescreens," he said.
 And he did just that, exposing the Senate committee's chairman, Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota, as a "lickspittle" of the Bush administration and showing that the panel’s so-called investigation is merely another attempt to justify America’s illegal war of aggression against Iraq and smear those who have opposed it.
 The bulk of the US and world media, outside of the most right-wing publications, was unanimous in concluding that nothing like the MP's testimony had been heard on Capitol Hill. The senators themselves were clearly shaken, forced to shut down the hearing early.
 It was inspiring stuff.
 
GANDHI (1982)
 - a great movie, made by Richard Attenborough, brother of the naturalist David Attenborough - inspiring and emotionally moving - about the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
  
GERMINAL (1993)
 - based on the Emile Zola novel, about a mining community (in France?) over 100 years ago, and the labour struggle at the mine. This stars Gerard Depardieu.
 
GERONIMO
 
GET ON THE BUS
 
GET REAL (1998)
 
GHOSTS OF THE CIVIL DEAD
 
GIRLFIGHT
 
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
 
GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
 
GOOD WILL HUNTING
 
GORRILLAS IN THE MIST
 
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
 
GRASS (1999)
 - there's a great review of this film at <http://www.missliberty.com/FilmGrass.html>
 
THE GREAT DICTATOR
 
GRIDLOCK'D
 - with Tupac Amaru Shakur and Tim Roth.
 
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? (1967)
 
GUESTS OF THE EMPEROR
 
HACKERS
 
HANDMAID'S TALE (1990)
 
THE HARDER THEY COME (1973)
 
HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. (1976)
 
THE HARLAN COUNTY WAR
 
HATE (a.k.a. LA HAINE)
 
HAVANA (1990)
 
HEARTS AND MINDS (1974)

HEARTS OF STEEL
 - about a modern-day labour dispute in the U.S..
 
HEATWAVE
 
HI, MOM (1970)
 
HIGHER LEARNING
 
HOFFA
 
HOLY MAN
 
HOTEL RWANDA
 
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941)

HOW TO GET A-HEAD IN ADVERTISING
 - about a man who grows an extra head which is an even worse advertising marketer capitalist than he is. It's a fantasy comedy which comments on capitalism - especially consumerism.
 
HOW I WON THE WAR
 - with John Lennon - anti war movie which satires war and war movies.
 
THE HURRICANE (1999)
 - starring Denzel Washington.
 
I AM CUBA (1963)
 - a classic 1963 Soviet arthouse film re-released with English subtitles by movie greats Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. "I Am Cuba" tells the story of the Cuban people's struggle to topple the US-backed Batista dictatorship in the 1959 revolution. Blending realism with epic poetry, director Mikhail Kalatozov creates a masterpiece of evocative imagery, humanism and political sensitivity. A rare gem, a must-see film!
 
I.F. STONE'S WEEKLY (1973)
 
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK
 - a moving feminist film about women who are faced with the choice of having abortions or not. Emotionally involving for sure. 
 
INDOCHINE (1992)
 
IN PURSUIT OF HONOR
 
THE INSIDER
 
INSTINCT
 
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993)
 
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
 - I haven't seen this one, but the impression I get is that it's the ultimate feel-good film :)
 
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: THE REAL STORY (2001)
 - a mature and fun fantasy story, with many big names, such as Matthew Modine, Mia Sara, Vanessa Redgrave and Jon Voight. Was the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story true? In this movie, there was a real Jack and the Beanstalk... but... according to the people of the land above the clouds, (at the top of the beanstalk), the Giant Jack killed was a well-loved, good and kind fellow - and Jack's selfish theft of the harp and golden goose have made the land above the clouds into a wasteland and doomed its people. The story of this movie takes place hundreds of years after the original fairy tale, and involves Jack's descendant, and various interesting characters.... I was surprised to find that this twist on the original fairy tale is quite deep and meaningful - in many, many ways, it can be seen as an allegory about colonialism and its continuing effects!
 
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
 
JOAN OF ARC
 - with Milla Jovovich.
 
JOE HILL (1971)
 
JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1971)
 
JUDGE HORTON AND THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (1976) 
 
JULIA (1977)
 
JUNGLE FEVER
 
KES
 
KILL THE MAN
 
THE KILLING FIELDS
 
THE KILLING FLOOR (1984)
 
KINGFISH
 
KING RAT
 
LADYBIRD LADYBIRD
 - by Ken Loach, the maker of Land and Freedom, about a woman in Britain and a man from South America who have trouble with British authorities.
 
AGE OF GOLD (a.k.a. L'AGE D'OR)
 
LAKOTA MOON
 
LAKOTA WOMAN
 
LAND AND FREEDOM (TIERRA Y LIBERTAD) (1995)
 - left wing unemployed dude from Britain goes and fights for the working classes against the fascists in the Spanish Civil war.
 
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
 
LIBERTARIAS
 
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER (1980)
 
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
 
LIGHT IT UP
 
LITTLE BUDDHA
 
LONE STAR (1996)
 
LOVE FIELD (1992)
 
MAD CITY
 
THE MAKING OF MAHATMA
 
MALCOLM X (1993)
 
MANDELA AND DE KLERK
 
MAN OF MARBLE and MAN OF IRON
 - a pair of films from Czechoslovakia about unionism/activism.
 
MANUFACTURING CONSENT
 
THE MAN WHO CAPTURED EICHMANN
 
THE MAN WHO SUED GOD
 
MARAT/SADE (1966)
 
MARIE
 - true story starring Sissy Spacek.
 
THE MASK OF ZORRO
 
MATEWAN (1987)
 - set in 1920(?) when the IWW and a mining town in the U.S. set up the first union (with African Americans, Italians and other White Americans) in West Virginia, and about the labour struggle there.
 
THE MATRIX
 - is science fiction which sort of hints at revolution against the system, in capitalist society. Unfortunately more science fiction than political, but I liked the Krishnamurti-like, or zen-like, "free your mind" type philosophy; and the questioning of the system.
 
MEDICINE MAN
 
MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (1968)
 
MEN WITH GUNS (1997)
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR LAWRENCE
 
MEXICO IN FLAMES
 - based on real events, about a foreign journalist (John Reed) who joins the revolution in Mexico - starring Franco Nero (I've seen him before... what else was he in?)
 
MICHAEL COLLINS (1996)
 
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
 
THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR
 
MIRACLE MILE
 
MISSING (1982)
 - Costa-Gavras film about 1973 right-wing coup and disappearances in Chile.
 
THE MISSION
 
MISSISSIPPI BURNING
 
MISSISSIPPI MASALA
 
MODERN TIMES (1936)
 - Chaplin's classic dealing with capitalism's oppression of humanity and stuff.
 
THE MOLLY MAGUIRES (1970)
 
MONEY TRAIN
 
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
 
MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN
 
MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE
 
MURROW
 
MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE
 
MY NAME IS JOE (1998)
 
THE NAVIGATORS
 
NED KELLY
 
NEW EDEN
 - unfortunately some conservative partriarchal values, but otherwise a great, politically progressive science fiction film.
 
THE NEWSBOYS
 - is a Disney[!] musical based on real events about these young newspaper sellers who apparently led a strike of child laborers in New York around 1900. Music and dancing were silly and cool too, I thought, and the story made me cry...doesn't mean the strike wasn't successful, though :) I won't give the ending away - it's a secret ;)
 
NEWSIES (1992)
 
NICO - ABOVE THE LAW
 
1984
 
1900 (a.k.a. NOVICENTO) (1976)
 - A Bertolucci film starring Burt Lancaster, Gerard Depardieu, Robert de Niro and others. About leftwing and rightwing politics, violence, etc. in an Italian town.
 
9 TO 5 (1980)
 
NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH
 - A film by Akira Kurosawa.
 
NORMA RAE (1979)
 
OCEAN WARRIOR
 
THE OFFICIAL STORY (1984)
 
OLD GRINGO
 
ON DEADLY GROUND
 
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
 
ONE MAN'S WAR
 - "torn from the files of Amnesty International" - starring Anthony Hopkins - about human rights abuses by the right-wing military government in Paraguay - based on a true story.
 
ON THE HOT ROOF
 - Korean feminist comedy.
 
THE ORGANIZER (1963)
 
OUT OF DARKNESS: THE MINE WORKERS' STORY (1990)
 
THE PANAMA DECEPTION
 
PANTHER!
 
PARADISE ROAD
 
PARIAH
 
PATCH ADAMS
 - is an interesting comedy film based on the true story of a caring doctor who rebels against the traditional medical system.
 
PAUL ROBESON (1988)
 
PLEASANTVILLE
 
POOTIE TANG - one of my all-time favourite films!
 
THE POSTMAN (1994)
 
THE POWER OF ONE
 
POWWOW HIGHWAY (1989)
 
PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
 
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
 
THE QUIET AMERICAN
 
RABBIT-PROOF FENCE
 
RAINING STONES
 
RAPA NUI
 
REACH FOR THE SKY
 - based on the true story of Douglas Bader. Very inspiring!
 
REBEL HEART
 - actually this is a miniseries (from the BBC in Northern Ireland), not a movie - but it is my favourite show at the moment - it's awesome! It's a drama about Irish freedom fighters in the early 20th century.
 
RECKLESS KELLY
 
REDS (1981)
 - Produced, directed and co-written by Warren beatty. About famous socialists in the early 20th century, like radical U.S. journalist John Reed and feminist Louise Bryant. Starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and others.
 
REMEMBER THE TITANS
 - inspiring and moving film starring Denzel Washington and many others. In 1971, in a town torn apart by racism, a gridiron football team brings together blacks and whites.
 
RETURN OF THE JEDI

THE REVOLUTIONARY
 - about a revolutionary, of course ;)
 
RIFF RAFF
 - by Ken Loach - comedy/drama about working class labourers in the UK.
 
RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE
 
ROBIN HOOD
 
ROBIN HOOD - PRINCE OF THIEVES
 
ROGER AND ME (1989)
 
ROOFTOPS
 
ROSA LUXEMBURG (1986)
 
ROSEWOOD (1997)
 
SACCO AND VANZETTI (1971)
 
RELUCTANT SAINT: FRANCIS OF ASSISSI (2003)
 
SALT OF THE EARTH (1954)
 
SALVADOR
 
SAMARITAN - THE MITCH SNYDER STORY
 
SANDOKAN THE GREAT
 
SANTIAGO
 
SARAFINA
 
SAVAGE SISTERS
 
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
 - explicit scenes of the horror of war.
 
SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
 
SCHOOL DAZE
 
SEEING RED: THE STORIES OF AMERICAN COMMUNISTS (1983)
 
SERPICO
 
SET IT OFF
 - about four working class African American women who are all old friends, and work together cleaning banks. They start wondering about getting paid such low wages for their hard work when the banks are so rich - so... they decide to rob the banks instead!
 
SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT
 
SHREK
 
THE SILENT FLUTE
 
SILENT NIGHT
 
SILENT VICTIM
 
SILKWOOD (1983)
 
'68
 - with Neil Young.
 
SMOKE SIGNALS
 
SOME MOTHER'S SON (1996)
 
THE SORROW AND THE PITY (1970)
 
SOUTH PACIFIC
 
SOYLENT GREEN
 
SPARTACUS (1960)
 
STAR WARS
 
STATE OF SIEGE (1973)
 - by Costa-Gavras.
 
STONEWALL
 
THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT (1970)
 
STRIKE BOUND
 - about mining labour struggles in 1930s Victoria, Australia.
 
STRUGGLES IN STEEL: THE FIGHT FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (1996)
 
SUGAR CANE ALLEY (1983)
 
SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY
 
SWEET SWEETBACK'S BADASSS SONG
 
SWING KIDS
 
TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS
 
TERMINATOR 2 - JUDGEMENT DAY
 
THELMA AND LOUISE
 - about 2 women who stand up for themselves against sexist men, and go on a road trip. A famous one.
 
THEY LIVE!
 - an itinerant labourer discovers that aliens rule the earth by subliminal messages in advertising, etc.... Funny science fiction, and a commentary on the capitalist system. By John Carpenter.
 
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
 - with Jane Fonda.
 
THE THREE AMIGOS
 - is a comedy set in Mexico, in which some Zorro type "heroes" team up with villagers and fight off a group of bandits.
 
THREE KINGS
 
THUNDERHEART
 
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984)
 
TOTAL RECALL
 - based on the novel by leftwing science fiction writer Phillip Dick.
 
TO WONG FOO
 
THE TOXIC AVENGER
 
TRAFFIC
 
THE TREE OF THE WOODEN CLOGS (1978)
 
TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT
 
THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
 
UNDER FIRE (1983)
 
UNDERGROUND (1974)
 
UPRISING (2001)
 
V (MINISERIES)
 
VIETNAM FILMS
 - most of them are thought-provoking.
 
VIVA MARIA!
 - comedy about a half-Irish/half-French woman (Brigit Bardot is the actor) who goes to a Latin American country and leads a revolution there.
 
VIVA VILLA!
 - about the revolutionary, Pancho Villa, of Mexico. 

VIVA ZAPATA! (1952)
 - about the revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata, of Mexico, who the Zapatistas take their name from. This film stars Marlon Brando.
 
WACO - RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
 
WALKER (1987)
 -  Walker - a modern day conquistador? Americans sponsor some guys who go into a Central American country to bring 'universal sufferage' and to provide 'stability'. Sound familiar? Walker is a tale of megalomania and ahistorical vertigo with surrealist parallels to the modern era. It's an amusing black comedy, about equal parts Sergio Leone and Luis Bunuel. The dim and sarcastic view of American imperial behavior and myth making did not endear this film to most critics, especially the anti-intellectual, anti-art, pro 'entertainment' hacks... but for the rest of us, especially those with a skeptical view of offical history, Walker is both funny and frightening.
 The film is a schizo, intentionally anachronistic bio of William Walker (1824-1860), the Nashville-born doctor/lawyer/journalist who led his own private army into Nicaragua, ultimately installing himself as president of that nation. Obvious similiarities between Walker's filibustering activities and the US's often ham-handed diplomatic policies towards Central America during the 1980s led the filmmakers to turn WALKER into a political satire; it is by turns funny, tragic, exciting, informational, and thought provoking. I suspect that George W. Bush's middle name - Walker - was given in homage to William Walker. It sure fits, anyway!
 
THE WAR AT HOME (1979)
 - Excellent documentary about the anti-Vietnam War movement on the campus of the University of Wisconsin and in the surrounding city of Madison, Wisconsin, the state capital. Shows the evolution of the resistance, as Nixon escalated the war and the deaths and destruction mounted, from peaceful pickets to increasingly desperate efforts in solidarity with the NLF to "bring the war home". Exposes the connections of the University to the military and the war. Doesn't apologize for the bombing of the University's Army Math Research Center.
 
WAR GAMES
 
WAR PARTY
 - about some modern-day Native Americans who get in a racial conflict with Whites and flee from the racist White police.
 
THE WEAVERS: WASN'T THAT A TIME! (1982)
 
W.E.B. DUBOIS: A BIOGRAPHY IN FOUR VOICES (1996)
 
WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
 
WHEN WE WERE KINGS
 
WHITE MAN'S BURDEN
 
WHITE PALACE
 
WISDOM
 - with Emilio Estevez - about bank robbers who burn mortgage records to help normal people.
 
WITNESS
 
THE WOBBLIES (1979)
 
WOG BOY
 - is an awesome comedy set in Australia, about a wog (foreign-born) man, who is on the dole and comes up against the "minister for employment". The film includes some really funny characters! :) My favourite scene is when he is interviewed on TV by this famous usually right-wing tabloid current affairs show host, Derryn Hinch - the Wog Boy really wins the day! So cool!
 
A WORLD APART (1982)
 
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (1983)
 
Z (1969)
 - a film by Costa-Gavras about real events that happened in Greece.
 
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