Slumdog Millionarie (2008)

Slumdog_millionaire_ver2Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20-million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost.

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The Constant Gardener (2005)


The Constant Gardener is a film based on the John LeCarre bestseller and from the Oscar nominated director of City of God, Fernando Meirelles. This film portrays the realities that define life in modern Africa, and the challenges and dangers faced by those trying to address them.

When the activist wife (Rachel Weisz) of a British diplomat (Ralph Fiennes) dies under mysterious circumstances in Northern Kenya, the intricate politics that enmesh big business, poverty, aid, and diplomacy begin to be revealed.

Although the corporation in the film is fictitious and the human rights abuses depicted are dramatized, many multinational corporations operate in complex human rights environments. The film provides useful insight into the problematic role of corporations in human rights issues.

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Lord of War (2005)

lordofwarLord of War is a crime war film that illustrates arm trade and its negative impacts on human rights. The film was co-produced by and starred Nicolas Cage. Cage plays an illegal arms dealer with similarities to post-Soviet arms dealer Viktor Bout. The film was officially endorsed by Amnesty International for highlighting the arms trafficking by the international arms industry.

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Blood Diamond (2006)

blooddiamondWith Five Academy Award Nominations, Blood Diamond is an action-packed Hollywood film starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The film brought the issue of blood diamonds to a much wider audience across the world. Conflict diamonds are diamonds that are used to fuel violent conflict and human rights abuses. Diamonds have funded brutal wars in Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Côte d’Ivoire that have resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people.

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Persepolis (2007)

PersepolisNominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Persepolis is the poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. The film is an electrifying, heartfelt, and original portrait of a spunky girl who surmounts countless obstacles to grow into a wise young adult.

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