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Subject: Social History

Social histories are not historical depictions (purposeful stories about events in the past), but are explanatory representations that tell us more about the era in which they are made.

5 Broken Cameras

  • Director: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Production Country: France, Israel, Palestine

Given a video camera when his son is born, Burnat records his son's life as he grows up alongside the concrete barrier the Israeli government is constructing through the middle of their land. One day Burnat is filming the first steps of his child and the next catching the violent retaliation of the Israeli guards to the Palestinian villagers' non-violent protest to being separated from their ancestral lands.

A Dry White Season

  • Director: Euzhan Palcy
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Production Country: United States

When the black gardener at Ben Du Toit's school asks for help finding his son, who he fears has been killed by the police, Ben, who is a white teacher, refuses—he is certain that the government he trusts would not be so unfaithful to any citizen. But when the boy turns up dead, Ben can no longer ignore the brutality and inequality sanctioned by his government and, as it becomes more and more difficult to simply stand by, Ben steps up.

Bal poussière

  • Director: Henri Duparc
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Production Country: Ivory Coast

When a local village chief decides he needs a sixth wife, he sets his sights on young Binta, whose parents are happy to oblige him. But Binta is a modern woman, educated, visionary; soon, all parties involved—her husband, his other wives, and Binta herself—come to rue the day that she bowed to tradition and married the chief as custom demanded.


  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Release Date: 1971
  • Production Country: United States

Caught up in a Latin American revolution while trying to impress his social activist girlfriend, a neurotic American finds himself on trial for impersonating the leader of a 'banana republic.'

Black Friday

  • Director: Anurag Kashyap
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: India

Police and federal authorities investigate a series of deadly explosions in Mumbai, uncovering a complicated tale of religious conflict, historical revisionism, disinterested authorities, and a vengeful mob boss.

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