When we asked the Global Voices community, we received more than 70 submissions. Thank you to everyone who participated! The response was wonderful.
Unfortunately, not all of them could fit into the post on the main site, so we're going to collect the rest of them here for the enjoyment of the many movie buffs among us. Feel free to leave even more suggestions in the comments section below, too.
1. Destiny Has No Favorites (Peru, 2003)
In this film, originally titled “El destino no tiene favoritos” in Spanish, a wealthy but bored housewife follows the production of a soap opera being shot in her garden and gets involved in funny ways. Recommended by Gabriela Garcia Calderon.
2 and 3. The Raid and The Raid 2 (Indonesia, 2011 and 2014)
In The Raid, a SWAT team finds itself trapped in a gangsters’ safe house in Jakarta and must fight their way out. In its blockbuster sequel, an agent goes undercover with the cartel to weed out corruption amidst his own ranks. Recommended by author Juke Carolina.
4. 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy (USA, 2009)
This documentary explores the mass killing of up to a million people in Indonesia in 1965 when General Suharto began a deadly campaign to root out suspected communists and other groups deemed undesirable. Trailer on YouTube. Recommended by Juke Carolina.
5. The Act of Killing (Denmark, Norway, UK, 2012)
The filmmakers of this documentary, called Jagal in Indonesian, challenge two men who ran a death squad in North Sumatra, Indonesia, during the 1960s to recount their actions and create scenes reflecting what they say in various cinematic styles, such as Westerns or musicals. Trailer on YouTube. Recommended by Juke Carolina.
6. Denias, Singing on the Cloud (Indonesia, 2006)
The film, titled Denias, Senandung di Atas Awan in Indonesian, follows the struggle of a boy to receive education in remote Papua. “Beautiful people, beautiful land,” says Juke Carolina, who recommended the movie.
7. Love for Share (Indonesia, 2006)
The movie, called Berbagi Suami in Indonesian, follows three women who live a polygamous life. Recommended by Juke Carolina.
8. The Dancer (Indonesia, 2011)
9. The Blindfold (Indonesia, 2011)
10. The Jungle School (Indonesia, 2013)
This film, called Sokola Rimba originally, is based on a book written by a teacher who dedicated her life to improving the lives of nomadic forest people in Jambi, Sumatra. Trailer on YouTube. Recommended by Juke Carolina.
11. Tabula Rasa (Indonesia, 2014)
In this movie, a wannabe athlete from Papua flunks his tryout in the capital. After sampling a signature dish in a humble restaurant, he learns to cook to help the struggling locale. A memorable line from this movie, according to Juke Carolina who recommended the film: “A Padang restaurant, yet our chef is a Papuan”. She says:
It’s a light drama, with lots of food, mixed languages, and different cultures of Indonesia. But mostly, this movie made me crave Padang food afterwards. :)
Trailer on YouTube.
12. Joni's Promise (Indonesia, 2005)
13. Land Without Ears (Indonesia, 2014)
A political satire called Negeri Tanpa Telinga in Indonesian. Recommended by Juke Carolina.
14. Paper Dove (Peru, 2003)
Paloma de Papel, as it is titled in Spanish, tells the tale of a young man granted amnesty from terrorism charges and the difficult decisions he encounters after returning home. Recommended by Spanish Translation Manager Juan Arellano.
15. The Mouth of the Wolf (Peru, 2003)
This movie is about an anti-terrorist brigade that retakes a remote village, giving rise to the question: are the townspeople guilty too? Recommended by Juan Arellano.
16. Lovesickness (Puerto Rico, 2007)
This film (Maldeamores in the original Spanish) consists of three separate stories dealing with the ironies of love. The three stories involve a middle-class family, a hostage situation, and an elderly couple. The entire movie is available in Spanish on Vimeo from production company Calma Films. Recommended by Spanish-language editor Firuzeh Shokooh Vale.
17….And God Created Them (Puerto Rico, 1979)
Dios los cría features five stories of people dealing with feelings of betrayal, guilt and life in general. Recommended by Firuzeh Shokooh Vale.
18. No (Chile, 2012)
This film chronicles the efforts of a young advertising executive who spearheads the campaign to convince people to vote NO in a 1988 referendum on extending Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet's presidency. Trailer on YouTube with English subtitles. Recommended by author and social media team member Elizabeth Rivera.
19. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodians Lost Rock and Roll (Cambodia, 2014)
This documentary examines the rock music movement during the 1960s and 70s in Cambodia before the arrival of the genocidal Khmer Rouge. Trailer on YouTube in English. Recommended by author Raphael Tsavkko Garcia.
20. Epic Java (Indonesia, 2014)
21. Bran Nue Dae (Australia, 2009)
In this musical, young, star-crossed lovers are separated. Willie, an Aborigine at boarding school in Perth in 1969, dreams of reuniting with his sweetheart Rosie back in Broome. “This indigenous Shakespearean-style comedy is all fun as well as a great road trip on Western Australia’s coast,” says author Kevin Rennie, who recommended the movie. Trailer on YouTube.
22. Bim (Trinidad and Tobago, 1974)
23. The Harder They Come (Jamaica, 1972)
24. Heneral Lunda (Philippines, 2015)
An epic biopic about the exploits of a Filipino general during the Philippine-American War at the turn o the 20th century. Author Karlo Mikhail Mongaya, who recommended the film, says it caused “quite a stir” when it was released, “raising public interest in history as well as issues of national sovereignty vis-a-vis US military presence and Chinese incursions in PH waters.” Trailer on YouTube with English subtitles.
25. Lilet Never Happened (Philippines, 2012)
This film draws a portrait of modern-day France through the eyes of a North African woman who raises her two teenage daughters alone while cleaning houses to get by and teaching herself writing. The story is based on the autobiography of Fatima Elayoubi. Trailer on YouTube. Recommended by French Translation Manager Suzanne Lehn.
54. West Beirut (Lebanon, 1988)
55. Under the Bombs (Lebanon, 2007)
After Israel drops airstrikes on Lebanon, leaving portions of the country in ruins, a woman convinces a taxi driver to help her find her son and sister. Trailer on YouTube with English subtitles. Recommended by Mohamad Najem.
56. Gimme the Power (Mexico, 2012)
This rock-and-roll-fueled documentary uses the story of band Molotov to tell the wider tale of Mexico's social and political realities. Trailer on YouTube in Spanish. “Most of the time I try to recommend this documentary to foreigners interested in learning about the last 50 or 60 years of Mexican history,” says author Juan Tadeo.
57. The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico, 2014)
This film depicts the struggle of Mexicans against a corrupt government with a grip on the media. It may be satire, but it's not so inaccurate, either. Trailer on YouTube. Recommended by author J. Tadeo.
58. Şərikli çörək (Azerbaijan, 1969)
59. Leviathan (Russia, 2014)
In this drama, a man's home is put on the chopping block by a corrupt mayor, and his bad luck doesn't stop there. Trailer on YouTube with English and French subtitles. Recommended by author Arzu Geybullayeva.
60. The Open Door (Egypt, 1964)
61. Love in the Cell (Egypt, 1983)
In this movie (حب في الزنزانة), a man and a woman find love in an unlikely place — prison — but once free have a hard time getting over that part of their past. Recommended by Rawan Gharib.
62. Rags and Tatters (Egypt, 2013)
When the doors of Egypt's prisons are suddenly opened, among the thousands who wander out is one man trying to find his way. Recommended by Rawan Gharib.
63. Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia, 2015)
64. As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia, 2015)
A teenage girl joins a rock band on the eve of the Tunisian revolution. Trailer on YouTube. Recommended by Suzanne Lehn.