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Subject: Government & Politics

The political, religious, and notable personages of a country drive the political machinations that govern the lives of nations and the rise and fall of empires.

1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four)

  • Director: Michael Radford
  • Release Date: 1984
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

Winston thought he could keep both his illegal personal diary and his affair with the free-thinking Julia secret, but Big Brother was watching; eventually, Winston, a historian who once spent his days writing revisionist history for the State, has his own personal encounter with revisionist history, courtesy of the totalitarian state of Oceania.

Al-massir (Destiny)

  • Director: Youssef Chahine
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Production Country: France, Egypt

Averroes is appointed as grand ulama by the caliph, but is driven out by the caliph's fundamentalist rivals.

All the President's Men

  • Director: Alan J. Pakula
  • Release Date: 1976
  • Production Country: United States

Assigned to cover a minor burglary case in court, cub reporter Bob Woodward quickly realizes that there is more to the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters, but when he and his newly assigned partner, Carl Bernstein, begin to dig deeper, they never expected to find themselves unraveling the story that will define a generation and shape the future of a nation.

Argo

  • Director: Ben Affleck
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Production Country: United States

The CIA and one of its top operatives hatch a desperate scheme to extract six American diplomats who are in hiding at the Canadian Embassy during the Iranian Revolution. Their plan? Pretend to be a Canadian film crew that is filming a science fiction film.

Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness)

  • Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Production Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan

Nationalist Chinese forces set up a government-in-exile on the island of Taiwan but the Taiwanese, including the Lin brothers, do not easily adapt to the Guomingdang's rule after fifty years of Japanese rule. When the people push back against this new totalitarian government, chaos ensues and tragedy follows; in the end, the only Lin family member left to tell the story may be Lin Wen-heung, a deaf-mute photographer.

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