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Subject: Post-Colonial

Former colonies (re)create their own identities, working to erase the colonial presence in their past and create a future exclusive of colonial power.

500 Years Later

  • Director: Owen 'Alik Shahadah
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States

The people of Africa, scattered all over the globe after 500 years of colonial and imperial encounters, struggle still for equality in education, in opportunity, in prosperity. This is their story.

Bamako

  • Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: Mali, United States, France

Chaka cannot find work, while his wife Mele is employed as a lounge singer, but their situation is just like that of the rest of Africa: many unemployed and others relegated to the tourism industry while rich foreign powers make off with the real money and jobs. Then, one day, a trial begins in the courtyard of the crowded home they share with several other families, and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are finally called to answer for their crimes—if only it will be enough to save Mele and Chaka's marriage, too.

Beau Travail

  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Production Country: France

Though Galoup has devoted his best efforts to serving his unit and his commanding officer in the French Foreign Legion, he has never received the recognition that he feels he deserves; so, with the arrival of Sentain, who is prettier, smarter, and more popular, Galoup takes steps to ensure that his competition is eliminated.

Cartouches Gauloises (Summer of '62)

  • Director: Mehdi Charef
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: France, Algeria

Eleven-year-old Ali and his friends, both French and Algerian, watch as France withdraws from Algeria at the end of the war.

Earth

  • Director: Deepa Mehta
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Production Country: India, Canada

In 1947, Lahore is a thriving cosmopolitan city, where people of many cultures and faiths live and work side-by-side, including Lenny, a young Parsi (Zorastrian) girl crippled by polio, and her Hindu ayah, Shanta, who is being courted by two different Muslim men in her own neighborhood. But when the formation of Pakistan is announced, many friends and neighbors find themselves suddenly separated by religion and politics, with Lenny and Shanta caught up in the chaos and violence of a city wracked by the throes of partition.

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