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Subject: Cultural Groups

Set against mainstream culture, “the other” is often a group that exists as a unique social or religious unit within a larger cultural group or nation, such as the Romani people.

Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam)

  • Director: Salim Ahmed
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Production Country: India

As old-fashioned and out-of-date as the folk medicines he occasionally sells, Abu ekes out an existence with his wife, yet they still focus on their one remaining goal: to make the Haj pilgrimage. However, Abu's insistence on paying for their trip the old-fashioned way—entirely from their own funds and without assistance from helpful neighbors—may be the undoing of all his dreams.

Aral, Fishing in an Invisible Sea

  • Director: Carlos Casas, Saodat Ismailova
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: Uzbekistan; Italy

Three generations of Uzbeks try to reinvent their life in their village, once a seaside village nestled on the shores of one of the four largest lakes in the world. They now sit on the edge of a polluted wasteland and miles from the edge of the vastly dehydrated and shrunken lake, all that remains of the once beautiful and bountiful Aral Sea.

Bab'Aziz (Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul)

  • Director: Nacer Khemir
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Production Country: Switzerland, Hungary, France, Germany, Iran, Tunisia, United Kingdom

While wandering the desert in search of a reunion of dervishes, a blind dervish entertains his granddaughter with a tale of a prince who gave up his kingdom; the other desert travelers they meet with their own stories and destinations provide additional company and intrigue.

Cha ma gu dao xi lie (Tea-Horse Road Series: Delamu)

  • Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: China

For centuries, the "Tea Road," a narrow, winding path along steep mountain faces and narrow river gorges, has been a major trade route from the high plateau of Tibet into southwestern China. Time appears to stand still as heavily-burdened pack animals haul the materials for a modern road along paths only navigable by foot, paths as ancient as the Silk Road.

Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman)

  • Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
  • Release Date: 1971
  • Production Country: Brazil

As the French and Portuguese exploit rivalries between the native tribes in order to further their own territorial claims, a Frenchman is captured by the Tupinamba—only they are convinced he is Portuguese and therefore allied with their traditional enemies. Still, he is given a wife and taken into the tribe, only to discover that he must convince the tribe that he is actually French before the end of the year, when he will be killed and eaten as part of an annual ritual meant to give the Tupinamba power over their enemies.

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