Re: [Videolib] Top Twenty Films ever made about Poverty

Steve Brantley (jbrant1@uic.edu)
Fri, 05 Aug 2005 11:25:54 -0500

How about _Bread and Roses_ (2000) _Sweet Sixteen_ (2001/2002)or
practically anything by Ken Loach?

or _City of God_? (2002)Cidade de Deus (2002) Directed by Fernando
Meirelles

Steve Fesenmaier wrote:
> Top Twenty Films Ever about Poverty
>
> By Steve Fesenmaier with additions from the field Aug. 3, 2005
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> John Gehner, Coordinator of the ALA- SRRT Hunger, Homelessness &
> Poverty Task Force has asked me to create a list of "top 20 greatest
> films on poverty." I came up with the following list from my 30+ years
> as a professional film exhibitor, critic, etc. Please send me any films
> you think should be on the list....documentary or fictional...or
> short...or animated...Steve
>
> website - http://www.hhptf.org/
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> 1. Time of Drunken Horses - Iranian. Incredible poverty of Kurds who
> have to get their donkeys drunk to climb mountains
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> 2. Los Olvidados - Bunuel film on street kids of Mexico City
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> 3. Dancing Outlaw - hilarious/sad film on WV dancer Jesco White who is
> poor.
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> 4. Pixote - Brazilian film in style of Los Olvidados
>
> 5. The Pride of Jesse Hallam -Johnny Cash stars in his best film. Poor
> family has to leave Ky. for Cincinnati. Also about literacy.
>
> 6. The Grapes of Wrath - film version of Steinbeck's Nobel Prize winning
> novel.
>
> 7. Born into Brothels -2004 Oscar winner for best feature documentary
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> 8. Before Night Falls - Oscar nominated film about gay Cuban writer.
>
> 9. Vera Drake - great new English film about poverty- and abortion
>
> 10. Places in the Heart - Texas poverty, Oscar winning
>
> 11. Tree of Wooden Clogs - 1978 Italian film that made Olmi famous
> worldwide
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> 12. Padre, Padrone - 1977film that made Taviani Brothers famous
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> 13. The Promise - Dardenne Brothers from Belgium breakout film. Poor
> people from Belgium and around the world struggle in modern Belgium.
> "Rosette," another one of their films also won top award at Cannes. Life
> of trailer house girl in contemporary Belgium.
>
> 14. Misery in the Borinage - 1933. First doc on coal miners by Joris
> Ivens in part of Belgium where Van Gogh was a minister before becoming a
> painter. True poverty.
>
> 15. Midnight Cowboy - Oscar winner about Dustin Hoffman as street
> hustler
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> 16. Vagabond - 1985. Agnes Varda's film about a young homeless girl.
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> 17. City of Joy- 1992. Patrick Swayze in slumbs of Calcutta.
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> 18. Life and Debt - 2001 doc on how globalization has made poverty
> much worse in Jamaica.
>
> 19. Land without Bread - 1932. Bunuel's only documentary.
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> 20. The Gleaners and I - Anges Varda's documentary about the poor in
> France.
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> ______________________
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> Additions from the field
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> 1.. El Norte by Sanford Berman, founder of the Task Force
> 2.. Darwin's Nightmare - by Paul Nuchims, retired art professor
> 3.. Bicycle Thief by Susan Grant, Technical Services Manager
> Southern Maryland Regional Library
> 4.. Dry Wood by Les Blank. Black Creole life in Louisiana.
> 5.. A Well Spent Life by Les Blank, suggested by filmmaker. Life of
> bluesman guitarist Mance Lipscomb. Kurt Vonnegut's fav film.
> http://www.lesblank.com/main.html
> 6.. The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, nominated by Susan
> Upole. http://www.theboywhoplaysonthebuddhasofbamiyan.com/
>
> send nominations to - Steve Fesenmaier, fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us
>
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