A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.
I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.
I’ve divided them into rough groups and posted links to where you can find them online if you want to. The first week I had some films about the media and the second was economics, the third was biographies and the fourth was some great anti-war films. The fifth was documentaries about protests.
Here is the sixth (and penultimate) part and it is films that might make you cry…
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) is an amazing film based on a true story about the Stolen Generations in Australia.
The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1869 and 1969, although in some places children were still being taken until the 1970s
It also all appears to be on youtube in more than one place. Take a little look and you’ll find it.
Machuca (2004) is a film set in Chile around the time of the Pinochet takeover. This is from one of the reviews on IMBD...
I watched the film with my mother, who lived through the coup d’etat in Chile. The events depicted in the movie were so realistic, they transported her back to that era. She cried as we watched and explained all of the small details I wouldn’t have gotten being someone who didn’t experience these events for myself. With this in mind, I have to think this movie was meant to be watched by a Chilean audience to be fully understood and “felt”. Someone like my mother, who has seen the atrocities that occurred in Chile in the mid-seventies, would be a more appropriate critic of this film.
Regardless, I think everyone should watch this movie. It is a touching story about friendship, growing up, social classes, and politics. The acting was exceptional. The plot was well- written. The sets, props, and costumes were accurate. It has a lot to offer as an enlightening and educational film since the story of Chile’s own 9/11 has not yet reached the general masses.
Machuca also appears to be on youtube if you do a little search.
Salt Of The Earth (1954) is apparently Noam Chomsky’s favourite film. It features on the events surrounding a strike and features some of the real miners involved. This film is much more than you think it will be. The entire film is available on open source as a free download at archive.org