Multicultural films to watch

Films about the immigrant / ethnic minority experience in Western countries and / or race relations and cross-cultural themes
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1.
Head-On (2004)
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With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love. (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
2.
Heaven on Earth (2008)
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Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior. (106 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
3.
Chop Shop (2007)
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Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister. (84 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
4.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003 TV Movie)
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Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Supple
 
5.
Twenty8k (2012)
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A teenage boy is gunned down outside a nightclub and a young girl dies in a hit and run in two seemingly unrelated deaths. Deeva Jani, returns home to clear her brother Vipon of the shooting and soon discovers a much deeper conspiracy. (106 mins.)
 
6.
Compulsion (2008 TV Movie)
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An ageing chauffeur goes to extreme lengths for one night with his boss's beautiful daughter.
Director: Sarah Harding
 
7.
Everywhere and Nowhere (2011)
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A drama centered on a British Asian torn between honoring his family traditions and his love for DJing. (96 mins.)
Director: Menhaj Huda
 
8.
My Brother the Devil (2012)
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Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London. (111 mins.)
 
9.
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005)
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My name is Georges Figon. Okay I'm dead but, being the talkative kind, death isn't going to stop me from speaking... (101 mins.)
 
10.
Iron Road (2009 Mini-Series)
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A poor but feisty Chinese woman, disguised as a boy, joins the railroad crew in the Rocky Mountains to search for her long-lost father, and falls in love with the son of the railroad tycoon. (180 mins.)
 
11.
Land of Plenty (2004)
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A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America. (123 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
12.
Lila Says (2004)
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Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures. (89 mins.)
Director: Ziad Doueiri
 
13.
Mad Sad & Bad (2009)
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HARDEEP, RASHMI and ATUL are brothers and sisters. Which means they can say anything they like to each other... (90 mins.)
Director: Avie Luthra
 
14.
Mammoth (2009)
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While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. (125 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
15.
Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)
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A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house. (94 mins.)
Director: Pratibha Parmar
 
16.
Outsourced (2006)
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After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (103 mins.)
Director: John Jeffcoat
 
17.
Only Human (2004)
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Leni takes Rafi to meet her family in Madrid. Leni's family is Jewish - mother, father, older sister and daughter... (93 mins.)
 
18.
The Perfect Murder (1988)
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Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years... (93 mins.)
 
19.
Sweet Destiny (2004)
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In a community which values boys over girls, Gugan, a young feisty Indo-Canadian girl sets on collision course with her traditionally-minded mother when she gets pregnant out of wedlock...with triplet girls! (90 mins.)
Director: Gaurav Seth
 
20.
The River (1951)
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
21.
Shifty (2008)
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Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home... (85 mins.)
Director: Eran Creevy
 
22.
Sorry, Haters (2005)
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Against the anxieties and fears of post-9/11 America, an Arab cab driver picks up a troubled professional woman with unexpected results. (83 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stanzler
 
23.
Stranded (2010)
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A platoon of French soldiers on a rescue mission in North Africa confront invisible evil creatures. (103 mins.)
 
24.
Trade (2007)
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Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother... (120 mins.)
 
25.
The Visitor (2007)
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A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
26.
Welcome (2009)
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Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
 
27.
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)
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This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife... (108 mins.)
Director: Ian Mune
 
28.
Wild West (1992)
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A young Pakistani, living in England thinks that he is a cowboy and dreams of leading his country music band to success in Nashville... (85 mins.)
Director: David Attwood
 
29.
Arabian Nights (2000 Mini-Series)
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To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories. (175 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
 
30.
Fernes Land (2011)
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The pakistani hairdresser, Haroon, has immigrated illegally to Germany, the German in- surance broker... (88 mins.)
Director: Kanwal Sethi
 
31.
Madame Sousatzka (1988)
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Renowned Russian piano teacher Irina Sousatzka gets a new student - Bengali piano prodigy Manek. They are both immigrants in the UK and bond quickly. When Manek's single mother's business fails, he must make a career decision. (122 mins.)
 
32.
Mississippi Masala (1991)
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes... (118 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
33.
Little Box of Sweets (2006)
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Director: Meneka Das
 
34.
My Son the Fanatic (1997)
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Pakistani taxi-driver Parvez and prostitute Bettina find themselves trapped in the middle when Islamic fundamentalists decide to clean up their local town. (87 mins.)
Director: Udayan Prasad
 
35.
ABCD (1999)
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The only goal of an ageing Asian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter (described as an American Born Confused Deshi or ABCD) married off to respectable Indian families. (105 mins.)
Director: Krutin Patel
 
36.
City of Life (2009)
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A privileged young male Arab at odds with his cultural identity and his less fortunate street smart... (119 mins.)
Director: Ali F. Mostafa
 
37.
Life Goes On (2009)
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A doctor faces challenges in life as well as from his daughters after the sudden passing of his wife.
Director: Sangeeta Datta
 
38.
The Bengali Night (1988)
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Hugh Grant stars as a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter... (153 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Klotz
 
39.
The Other End of the Line (2008)
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An employee at an Indian call-center travels to San Francisco to be with a guy she falls for over the phone. (106 mins.)
Director: James Dodson
 
40.
Guru in Seven (1998)
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Sanjay, following a blazing argument with his girlfriend, Jill, is persuaded by his friends to become 'The Guru' by sleeping with seven women in the next seven days before Jill returns from her trip to America. (107 mins.)
Director: Shani Grewal
 
41.
Desert Flower (2009)
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The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while... (120 mins.)
Director: Sherry Hormann
 
42.
Esther Kahn (2000)
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A Jewish girl in 19th century London dreams of becoming a stage actress. (142 mins.)
 
43.
Chutney Popcorn (1999)
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Reena is a young Indian American lesbian who lives and works in New York. Her sister Sarita, who is happily married... (92 mins.)
Director: Nisha Ganatra
 
44.
Boy (2010)
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Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. (87 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
 
45.
Hadewijch (2009)
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The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris... (105 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
46.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
47.
Import-Export (2005)
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Jan loves Jasmin, but she has been promised to a Pakistani nephew who will shortly arrive in Norway in order to marry her... (90 mins.)
Director: Khalid Hussain
 
48.
All in Good Time (2012)
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For Atul Dutt and his young bride Vina married life is proving far from straightforward, when it comes to their 'first night'... (94 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
 
49.
Towelhead (2007)
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A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War. (124 mins.)
Director: Alan Ball
 
50.
Flim: The Movie (2014)
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The misadventures of an Indian film director as he attempts to make the leap from Bollywood to Hollywood. (120 mins.)
 
51.
Queenie (1987 TV Series)
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A half-caste beauty emigrates from India to Great Britain, pursues fame and fortune at the cost of personal happiness, and becomes a Hollywood movie star while suppressing the truth of her heritage. (233 mins.)
Director: Larry Peerce
 
52.
Jadoo (2013)
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This comedy revolves around two brothers, both wonderful chefs, who fall out catastrophically. At the... (84 mins.)
Director: Amit Gupta
 
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54.
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)
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Interwoven stories of people in India and US as they face dilemmas of life time in the months leading to the biggest Industrial disaster in human history that claimed 10,000 innocent lives within a few hours. Inspired by real events. (96 mins.)
Director: Ravi Kumar
 
55.
Basmati Blues (2017)
A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created - which she doesn't realize will destroy the farmers she thinks she's helping.
Director: Dan Baron
 
56.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
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The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery. (122 mins.)