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Foreign Films for the Classroom (Non English)


Foreign Films for the Classroom (Non English)

Looking for foreign films that will make your curriculum pop? Come here to share ideas.

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Started by Mike Gange Jun 29, 2010.

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Comment by Alan Teasley on March 13, 2010 at 4:27pm
Also note that this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film is from Latin America: "The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)," directed by Juan José Campanella (Argentinia). Another nominee was from Peru: "The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)," directed by Claudia Llosa. I have no idea if either of these will be appropriate for teaching, but it does speak to a vital South American film industry.
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 13, 2010 at 2:13pm
Ingrid, thank you for adding those ideas - one of these days I'll have to cull all the "spanish film recs" and roll them into one discussion forum above for us!!

Comment by ingrid pruss on March 13, 2010 at 10:33am
Another Spanish film that comes to my mind is Alfonso Arau'siComo agua para chocolate, or Like Water for Chocolate a feminist, magic realist film.
Also, Maria Luisa Bemberg's De Eso No Se Habla or I Don't Want to Talk About It about an Argentinian Grand Dame who wants to marry well in order to support her daughter who is a dwarf. Ironically, the man the mother falls in love with, is not in love with her, but is in love with her daughter, the dwarf, the daughter whom the mother is always embarrassed about and hiding. The man marries the daughter and a lot more happens after that which I won't give away here.
Comment by Ryan Goble on August 10, 2009 at 1:18pm
My pleasure, it is wayyy easier to have stuff up top for the future. Thanks again for sharing!!

Comment by Anne Gaspers on August 5, 2009 at 8:44pm
Thanks, Ryan. I wasn't sure how to do that!
Comment by Alan Teasley on August 5, 2009 at 11:49am
I want to second Anne's recommendation of The Devil's Miner. It's really suspenseful (and NOT recommended for those with claustrophobia). I also liked The Motorcycle Diaries. Thanks for the other two titles. I had seen previews, but hadn't caught up with them yet.
Comment by Ryan Goble on August 5, 2009 at 11:27am
Anne, this is a GREAT (like Tony the Tiger) post - consider copy and pasting it above to the discussion forum with a title like "Great films for Spanish Class." That allowa people to search and access it at a later date - as you can see in other groups (check graphic novels) - wall comments tend to get buried and lost over time.

Thanks so much for these ideas!!!

Comment by Anne Gaspers on August 4, 2009 at 11:10pm
As a Spanish teacher, I've found the following films to be great additions to curriculum units or stand alone discussion starters (all in Spanish, of course). I think that they could also work well when studying about various current issues especially relating to human rights.

Diarios de motocicleta (Motorcycle Diaries): Tells the story of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado's motorcycle trip through South America. The experience was one stepping stone that led to his work as a revolutionary leader. It includes scenes of indigenous people working in the mines and a leper colony.

La misma luna (Under the Same Moon): The story of a young boy who crosses the border between Mexico and the US to find his mother after his grandmother dies. It's a beautiful story and shows a border crossing through the eyes of a child...something I hadn't seen before.

El mar dentro (The Sea Inside): Tells the story of a paraplegic in Spain who wishes to die but needs help. Calls into question the idea of euthanasia and it's (non)legality.

The Devil's Miner: Documentary about children who work in the mines in Potosí, Bolivia. Also includes the theme of single mothers and how children have to help out at home. It's very easy to get students to put themselves in the place of the 14 year old in the movie and start a discussion about roles, responsibilities and rights.
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 6, 2009 at 10:26am
If you're into Shakespeare and film check out the posting today in Making Shakespeare Pop! - Global A Go-Go with The Bard

If you teach a lot of Shakespeare, be sure to join the group!

Happy Monday!

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 2, 2009 at 9:56am
If you're not a member of the "Teach with Moving Images Group" consider joining - today I put a great set of Amnesty International Film Curriculum Guides in that group found here. They are foreign-ish films...

Come on down - the price is right!


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