I love watching documentaries, foreign films, and independent films. By far my most favorite genre is Bollywood, and my least favorite is Iranian movies. (Although I do mean to give the Oscar-winning film, A Separation, a try.) I love lists from respected reviewers, like these from Jeffery Overstreet. (Although I think my husband wished I didn’t listen to his recommendations so much. Secret of the Grain, anyone?)
They have come to subsist at a crossroads of contemporary culture, somewhere between journalism, film narrative and television entertainment. They appear to thrive on contradictions, between the stubborn reality they purport to capture and their necessarily limited means, between the impositions of storytelling and the desire to interpret or analyse. They aren’t fictional, ever, but they can seem in their attractiveness more real than reality. – Why Documentaries Matter
Watching movies that dive into a culture or a topic is an easy way to try and understand another’s point of view. That’s why I love Netflix. They have an enormous collection of documentaries and foreign films. I usually just scan their list and read the reviews to pick what I want to see, but if you want some lists to help you get started, check these out:
And if you want a few modern titles to check out:
This post is Day 3 in the 31 Days to Loving the World series.