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View the World Through Different Lenses

Year-end is the time I make lists — lots of lists — and resolutions — lots of them. For 2015, I’m taking it easy … just one list and one resolution. Here is my list: 25 Movies to See. Each provides insight into culture, diversity and inclusion as well as exclusion, bias and discrimination. Movies are listed in reverse chronological order from 2014 to 1947.

25 Movies to See compiles recommendations from me and ten other diversity and inclusion practitioners or film producers: Thank you, Sara, Glenn, Robin, Riikka, Lobna, Joel M., Joel L., Louise, Regge and Ruth for your suggestions. Movie descriptions are from the Internet Movie Database []. For each movie, I’ve listed a topic for thought and discussion.

My ONE 2015 resolution? View the world through many different lenses. Movies are one way to do this. Do you know a good movie to add to this list? Please feel free to contact me with your additions. I can’t wait to see them.

25 Movies to See

The Imitation Game [2014; Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode]
English mathematician and logician Alan Turing helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Consider: The cost to individuals and society of prejudice and discrimination.

Pride [2014; Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West]
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
Consider: Fears, stereotypes and friendships across differences.

Tracks [2013; Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl]
A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.
Consider: Stereotypes as barriers and the role of mentors in breaking through stereotypes.

12 Years a Slave [2013; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender]
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Consider: The violence surrounding slavery and the roots of current race relations.

Belle [2013; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson]
The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.
Consider: The impact of racism and segregation on individuals, families and society.

The Intouchables [2011; François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny]
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.
Consider: Stereotypes, friendship across cultures and socioeconomic divide.

Invictus [2009; Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge]
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Consider: The importance of a shared vision.

Amreeka [2009; Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass]
A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small-town Indiana.
Consider: Culture clash and building a life in a new culture.

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts [2006; Darlene Asevado, Jay Asevado, Shelton Alexander]
Spike Lee's four-part HBO documentary event that recounts the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans in 2005.
Consider: The disaster following the disaster.

The Namesake [2006; Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu]
American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Consider: How Gogol and his parents each navigate between two cultures.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding [2002; Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine]
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
Consider: How intercultural interactions teach us not only about others but also about ourselves.

Mr. and Mrs. Iyer [2002; Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni]
During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.
Consider: Friendship that transcends the cycle of violence across cultural divisions.

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