a beginners guide to global cinema

A global canon

The first film is this months recommendation from: France

One movie per director

The list is sorted by country alphabetically 

[updated monthly - last update: 3/29]

Africa 
Algeria [2-5]
Burkina Faso [6-7]
Cameroon [8-9]
Egypt [10-30]
Ethiopia [31]
Ghana [32-33]
Guinea [34-36]
Kenya [37]
Lesotho [38]
Mali [39-40]
Mauritania [41]
Morocco [42-44]
Namibia [45]
Niger [46]
Senegal [47-50]
South Africa [51-54]
Sudan [55-56]
Tunisia [57-60]
Uganda [61]
Zimbabwe [62]

Asia 
Afghanistan [63]
Armenia [64]
Bangladesh [65-66]
China [67-86]

Fifth Generation [71-74]
Sixth Generation [75-81]

Hong Kong [87-108]

Kung Fu [87-94]
Huangmei Opera [95-99]
Hong Kong New Wave [100-103]

Taiwan [109-119]

New Taiwanese Cinema [109-115]

India [120-163]

Parallel Cinema [127-136]

Indonesia [164-172]
Iran [173-185]

Iranian New Wave [173-181]

Iraq…

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  • Beau Travail

    1

  • Chronicle of the Years of Fire

    2

  • Zerda and the Songs of Forgetting

    3

  • I Still Hide to Smoke

    4

  • Papicha

    5

  • God's Gift

    6

  • The Night of Truth

    7

  • The Child of Another

    8

  • Clando

    9

  • The Will

    10

  • Life or Death

    11

  • The Nightingale's Prayer

    12

  • The River of Love

    13

  • Cairo 30

    14

  • The Night of Counting the Years

    15

  • The Land

    16

  • Adrift on the Nile

    17

  • Al karnak

    18

  • The Bus Driver

    19

  • The Honer's Shame

    20

  • The Street Player

    21

  • The Collar and the Bracelet

    22

  • Fish, Milk, Tamarind

    23

  • Kit Kat

    24

  • Terrorism and Kebab

    25

  • Date Wine

    26

  • A Cultural Film

    27

  • The Yacoubian Building

    28

  • Clash

    29

  • In the Last Days of the City

    30

  • Harvest: 3,000 Years

    31

  • The Tam Tams Are Silent

    32

  • Testament

    33

  • God's Will

    34

  • Those Whom Death Refused

    35

  • Tree of Blood

    36

  • Rafiki

    37

  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    38

  • Yeelen

    39

  • Bamako

    40

  • Soleil Ô

    41

  • Mirage

    42

  • Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets

    43

  • Adam

    44

  • N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman

    45

  • Little by Little

    46

  • Black Girl

    47

  • Hyenas

    48

  • Mossane

    49

  • Atlantics

    50

  • The Rose of Rhodesia

    51

  • Come Back, Africa

    52

  • Friends

    53

  • District 9

    54

  • Hunting Party

    55

  • Talking About Trees

    56

  • Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces

    57

  • The Silences of the Palace

    58

  • Bab'Aziz

    59

  • Beauty and the Dogs

    60

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    61

  • Aristotle's Plot

    62

  • Osama

    63

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    64

  • Monpura

    65

  • The Unnamed

    66

  • The Goddess

    67

  • Street Angel

    68

  • Spring in a Small Town

    69

  • The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven

    70

  • The Horse Thief

    71

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    72

  • Farewell My Concubine

    73

  • Postmen in the Mountains

    74

  • Mama

    75

  • Devils on the Doorstep

    76

  • Platform

    77

  • Suzhou River

    78

  • Blind Shaft

    79

  • City of Life and Death

    80

  • So Long, My Son

    81

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    82

  • Behemoth

    83

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    84

  • Us and Them

    85

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    86

  • Fist of Fury

    87

  • Master of the Flying Guillotine

    88

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    89

  • The Five Venoms

    90

  • Police Story

    91

  • Pedicab Driver

    92

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    93

  • Ip Man

    94

  • The Dream of the Red Chamber

    95

  • The Love Eterne

    96

  • The Mermaid

    97

  • The Grand Substitution

    98

  • Forever and Ever

    99

  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    100