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Movies/Documentaries  (in alphabetical order)

                                                            

Title Image  Reviews Comments
Amazing Grace     Amazon         Wikipedia       Moving slavery article
 from Hong Kong SCMP
Ben Hur Amazon  Wikipedia

Winner of 11(!) Academy Awards

One of the greatest movies ever made. Based on "A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
Brother Sun Sister Moon  Amazon         Wikipedia  The story of Saint Francis of Assisi
Chariots of Fire Amazon     Wikipedia The first Gold Medal ever won by someone born in China!
Dances with Wolves Wikipedia

Amazon (1,300 reviews!)

Set during the American expansion to the west ...and the  battle for territory... Indians vs American pioneers + U.S. military. "Wonderful. Wonderful. But it Will Break Your Heart" (one reviewer in Amazon)
Fahrenheit 9/11  Wikipedia      Whole movie free here on YouTube
Michael Moore's political documentary uses humor and connect-the-dots investigative journalism to question the Bush administration's motives for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The film argues that President George W. Bush and his inner circle used the media to further an agenda that exploited the 9/11 attacks. The close ties of the Saudis to the Bush family, the cynical profiteering of corporations and a political elite beholden to special interests are all cited as elements of a corrupt system
Five Broken Cameras

Whole movie free here
on YouTube


Wikipedia
First-hand account of protests in a village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat &  structured around the destruction of his cameras
Gandhi Wikipedia   Amazon

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always."

One of the greatest human beings ever to walk this planet. His message of peace and simple living is needed now more than ever before. Movie won 8 (!) Academy Awards
Give Up Tomorrow The harrowing story of Paco Larrañaga, a young man falsely accused of the murder of two Chinese-Filipino girls Movie website

POV

Exposes corruption within the judicial system of Philippines in one of the Philippines' most sensational trials 
Hotel Rwanda Amazon         Wikipedia Revealed- The other side of Hotel Rwanda

Same topic:
Shooting Dogs

Invictus Amazon         Wikipedia The events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, showing the great wisdom of Nelson Mandela
It's a Girl Wikipedia

Website

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The UN estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.
John Paul II - Witness to Hope

Amazon

One cannot but be moved by the first part of this movie tracing the invasion of Poland by Hitler and then by Stalin. This tragic background helps us to understand what made John Paul II tick. The movie also shows how John Paul II, like John XXIII, had a tremendous friendship for Jewish people

   John XXIII - Pope of Peace

Amazon

Powerful ...moving...inspiring. Must admit I didn't know about the courage Roncalli showed in protecting Jews against Nazis. Nor did I know about his courageous work in Bulgaria ...not to mention the way he attracted President de Gaulle of France to a function by hiring the best chef in Paris! Roncalli's role in preventing war at the time of the Cuba crisis is gripping material. The kind but firm way he dealt with opposition from the Curia is a lesson for peace-makers. A great movie. Full of humor right from the opening scene where Roncalli is being measured for his ...coffin!
Not One Less

Wikipedia    DVD Talk

In Chinese (Putonghua) with English sub-titles.

True story of a 13-year-old substitute teacher, Wei Minzhi, in the Chinese countryside who is told not to lose any students. When one of the boys takes off in search of work in the big city, she goes looking for him.  A simple but powerful movie - captivates primary as well as secondary students.
Rise of the Continents Amazon How to walk from Australia to China
Romero Whole movie free here Amazon

Wikipedia

Warning: once you start watching this movie, you can't stop. Gripping.
The Cross - Jesus in China Amazon
 
(original has Chinese and English subtitles)

Whole documentary free on YouTube

Essential to understanding the incredible growth of house churches in China. I have seen this documentary many times ....really powerful
The Gate of Heavenly Peace Website      John W Powerful documentary about China's June 4, 1989 history
The Hiding Place Amazon         Wikipedia The true story of the heroic Ten Boom family who, during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, saved many Jewish friends
The House I Live In  Wikipedia  Guardian "makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs" in the US
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Whole movie here free on YouTube

Wikipedia

Based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a courageous British missionary to China
The Keys of the Kingdom Whole movie here free on YouTube

An old movie, but one of the most powerful movies I have ever watched, starting with my first time in 1964!  The moving and inspiring story of a missionary to China

Twelve Years a Slave

 

Amazon          Wikipedia  
    Amazon            Wikipedia  

  Fahrenheit 9/11, Sophie Scholl, Places in the Heart, Schindler's List, A Few Good Men, Field of Dreams, In the Name of the Father, The Mission, A Man for all Seasons, Mulan, Spirit, The Red Boots of Christmas, A Christmas Carol (Mickey's Christmas Party), The Prince of Egypt, Joseph King of Dreams, The Silent Witness, The Camden 28, Babe, The Fox and the Hound, Godspell, Dead Man Walking,

Guess who's coming to dinner?, To Sir With Love, Patch of Blue