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Subject: Legends & Mythology

Humans tell stories, whether it’s the ancient Celtic bard, the Chinese sage, or the Malian griot. In this modern age, national identity is often rooted in these ancient tales, just as much of the future will create its own mythology with our movies and Internet memes.

Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of Suram Fortress)

  • Director: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
  • Release Date: 1984
  • Production Country: Soviet Union

A group of Georgians build a fortress to protect themselves from the invading Muslim army, but the walls cannot be completed without great sacrifice.

Arrivano i titani (My Son, the Hero)

  • Director: Duccio Tessari
  • Release Date: 1962
  • Production Country: Italy, France

When Cadmus sets himself up in Jove's temple as king of the gods, Jove allows one of his Titan children, Krios, to go free in order to make things right; the prize for his success would mean the freedom for all the Titans—but Krios finds himself falling for the mortal daughter of Cadmus and must decide which is more important to him.

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

  • Director: Zacharias Kunuk
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Production Country: Canada

When personal ambition takes precedence over the collective good of the village, a curse is unleashed upon the residents, the results of which will be played out in the next generation when Atanarjuat wins the hand of the beautiful Atuat despite the fact she was originally promised to the camp leader, Oki, setting in motion a tale of revenge and betrayal that will ultimately either heal or destroy their entire village.

Beowulf

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: United States

Danish King Hrothgar needs a hero to kill the monster Grendel that has ruined all his recent banquets, and the warrior Beowulf gladly steps up to the plate. But after killing Grendel, Beowulf finds another creature in a cave; she seduces Beowulf with promises of power and fame, if only he will give her a child to replace the one he just killed.

Beowulf & Grendel

  • Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Production Country: Canada, United Kingdom, Iceland, United States, Australia

A reluctant hero Beowulf agrees to kill the monster Grendel for King Hrothgar, until he finds out what Grendel is and why he's on a rampage. Maybe, just maybe, Beowulf has agreed to kill the wrong monster.

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