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world politics

10 films

Favorite political films from around the world.

  • Incendies
  • In the Crosswind
  • A Woman in Berlin
  • The Pearl Button
  • The Wind Rises

heart-breaking beautiful

64 films

Films that opened my eyes to suffering and cruelty, yet also resilience and beauty. From around the world.

  • Princess Mononoke
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • The Red Turtle
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Tales from Earthsea

best of animation

47 films

Essential animation films from around the world

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Incendies
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Enter the Void
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

strong female leads

128 films

strong female leads, good and bad, in my favorite films from around the world.

  • Princess Mononoke
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • The Red Turtle
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • Song of the Sea

wild heart; the human and animal connection

18 films

The best films about the human relationship with animals and wildlife, animals changing into people, and people turning into animals.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Incendies
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Enter the Void

international, independent, incendies

355 films

International and independent films provide unique perspectives on the world as well as ourselves. I've included my favorites from the…

  • Enter the Void
  • The Tribe
  • In the Crosswind
  • The Red Turtle
  • Valhalla Rising

how to be silent in many languages

15 films

Messages without voices. Amazing films that talk without speaking, that are mostly or completely silent, that rely more on images…

  • The Big Lebowski
  • Wild Tales
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Mental
  • Men & Chicken

laughing in another language

21 films

Essential comedy films from around the world.

  • A Woman in Berlin
  • Rose
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • Phoenix
  • Toni Erdmann

phoenix from germany

28 films

The best films from and about Germany and German speaking countries.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Assassin
  • Lust, Caution
  • A Touch of Sin
  • Ash Is Purest White

raise the red lantern

18 films

The best films from and about China. Ganbei!

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Castle in the Sky
  • The Assassin

hidden dragons

86 films

Asian films ranked. The best films from the other side of the world.

  • Wild Tales
  • The Pearl Button
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Nostalgia for the Light
  • The Raid

southern lights

27 films

The best films from the southern hemisphere. The light of Aurora Australis.