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Subject: Invasions

Armies invade, and people usually fight back. Or perhaps, like the ancient Visigoths who saw the peace and prosperity of Rome, people see what someone else has and decide to invite themselves to the party.

1066

  • Director: Robin Jacob
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

1066 should have been a good year for the newly crowned King of England, Harold, but first his brother brings in the Norwegians to dethrone him, and then that pesky Norman bastard, William, decides that being the previous king's 1st cousin-once-removed on his father's side made him King. To keep his crown, Harold must suck it up and race his weary troops south to meet William's invading army at Hastings, where the future of both men, and possibly the world itself, will be decided in battle.

9 Rota (9th Company)

  • Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Production Country: Finland, Russia, Ukraine

A group of young soldiers attend bootcamp in a foreign but friendly valley in Uzbekistan, but the most important lesson they learn in getting ready for their tour of duty in Afghanistan may be the tragic fate of the soldiers who they replaced. Trapped in a brutal firefight against a much larger force of local mujahideen, the young men had to rely on their own wits and courage to save them when their pleas for aid went unheeded by their commanders.

Adieu Bonaparte

  • Director: Youssef Chahine
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Production Country: Egypt, France

The French invasion of Egypt in 1798 – 1804 by Napoleon Bonaparte provides a backdrop for this nationalistic story.

Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)

  • Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitri Vasilyev
  • Release Date: 1938
  • Production Country: Soviet Union

A Russian prince, Alexander Nevsky, defends Novgorod from invading German knights with a rallied army in 13th-century Russia.

Balibo

  • Director: Robert Connolly
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Production Country: Australia

A burnt-out foreign correspondent and a young East Timor man search for five young journalists who disappeared while documenting the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The two men follow the missing journalists' route, making their own record of the brutality and horror of the invasion, but find their own lives on the line as they close in on the journalists' last known location, Balibo.

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