13 November 2011

Christmas Wish List 2011

Since you all know that I am a great fan of indie movies and documentaries, I decided to theme this year's requested wish list around five DVDs you would really make me happy with!

Please vote for me (2007)

"Wuhan is a city about the size of London located in central China. It is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A Grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year-olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents. Elections in China take place only within the Communist Party, but recently millions of Chinese voted in their version of Pop Idol. The purpose of Weijun Chen's experiment is to determine how democracy would be received if it came to China."
- From the official website.

The movie won numerous awards and it is amusing, yet slightly disconcerting that voter manipulation is alive and well among these eight-year-olds!

Strangers No More (2010)
Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short! I already blogged about the moving movie in my post on "Winning Documentaries"!

Sergio Vieira De Mello - En Route to Baghdad (2004)
Award-winning documentary about the charismatic UN diplomat.

Well-Founded Fear (2007)
Documentary about the asylum procedure in the US that was in the Sundance Official Selection and is also shown to Immigration Officers in training.

Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
Acclaimed feature film about the failure of the UN or Western powers to act in Rwanda with Roy Dupuis (the Canadian actor from the TV-series Nikita) in the leading role as General Roméo Dallaire. Not to be confused with the 2004 documentary by the same name.

You'll probably be delighted to hear that nearly all are already available on Amazon. "Strangers no more" has not been released on DVD yet but will be screened on HBO for the first time in TV on 5 December 2011!

The guidelines are the same as last year: To let others know that you are already onto one item, post an anonymous comment or if you want to opt for surprise, post nothing at all!

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