Monsieur Lazhar – Canada – 2012 – Drama. Among the best of films about immigration, the education system, and children. In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… Continue reading Monsieur Lazhar
Cave of the Yellow Dog – Mongolia – 2005 – Drama/documentary. Follow the life of a 6-year old Mongolian girl and the dog she adopts in spite of her father’s disapproval. “This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it’s a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in… Continue reading Cave of the Yellow Dog
Alamar– Mexico – 2007 – Drama. “Moving but never sentimental, ambient but rigorously focused, this is an assured, refreshingly simple film where the dramas and responsibilities of parenthood exist inside a bubble of blissed-out tropicalia.”-Time Out. Jorge has only a few weeks before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome.… Continue reading Alamar
Mad Hot Ballroom – USA – 2005 – Documentary. This is a profile of several New York City’s public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals. “Expect to grin the entire time you’re watching”… Continue reading Mad Hot Ballroom
Two Daughters – India – 1961 – Drama. Satajit Ray, director. Two short films – one Masterpiece! The first story is about Nanda, a young man who leaves Calcutta to work as a postmaster in an isolated, malaria-infested village. The postmaster is looked after by a young orphan girl, Ratan. His only solace in the… Continue reading Two Daughters
Viva Cuba – Cuba – 2005 – Comedy/Drama – Boy and girl best-friends are threatened with separation by their class-conscious single moms, so they decide to run away to find her father.
We Are the DeBolts – USA – 1977 – Documentary – Dorothy and Bob DeBolt’s tale of the struggles and joys involved in their 19 adopted children, many of who are physically disabled war orphans. Surprisingly joyous and uplifting!