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1.
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
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In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home. (157 mins.)
 
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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
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On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind. (132 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
3.
Buud Yam (1997)
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In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni - a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch... (97 mins.)
Director: Gaston Kaboré
 
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My Mother's Castle (1990)
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Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region... (98 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
 
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De Nuremberg à Nuremberg (1989 Documentary)
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Documentaire sur la Seconde Guerre mondiale
 
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Ace of Aces (1982)
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In 1936, a French boxer on his way to the Berlin Olympic Games befriends a local Jewish boy and decides to save him from the Nazis. (100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
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Delusions of Grandeur (1971)
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Don Salluste, a petty tyrant in his own home and minister of the King of Spain, falls from grace. Wanting revenge... (108 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
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Marius (1931)
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César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M... (130 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Korda
 
10.
Fanny (1932)
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Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César... (140 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
 
11.
César (1936)
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Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest... (168 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
12.
Le wazzou polygame (1971 Short Film)
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An Islamic faithful returns from his holy pilgrimage to Mecca with the venerated title "el hajji". On... (50 mins.)
Director: Oumarou Ganda
 
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The Wing or Thigh? (1976)
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Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against... (104 mins.)
Director: Claude Zidi
 
14.
Peege (1973 Short Film)
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An ailing elderly woman is paid a perfunctory visit by her family while she sits despondently in a nursing home... (28 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
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Angele (1934)
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A young and naive peasant girl in Provence, who has been seduced and abandoned, moves to Marseilles and becomes a street-walker after having her baby. (145 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
16.
Angano... Angano... (1989 Documentary)
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Venerable storytellers recount for the camera and their listeners the founding myths of Malagasy culture. (64 mins.)
 
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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
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A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial. (99 mins.)
Director: Nabil Ayouch
 
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The Under-Gifted (1980)
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Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their... (92 mins.)
Director: Claude Zidi
 
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Na papirnatih avionih (1967)
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A love story of a couple who both reconsider the meaning of their former lives, only to come up with decision that they should marry. (80 mins.)
Director: Matjaz Klopcic
 
20.
Yossi & Jagger (2002)
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Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. (65 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
21.
Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976)
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Four generations of a family live crowded together in a cardboard shantytown shack in the squalor of inner-city Rome... (115 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
22.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
 
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Boys' School (1938)
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In a college, three friends form a secret society. Their objective - going to America. A night, after one of their secret meetings... (98 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
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Ceddo (1977)
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity... (120 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
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Ezra (2007)
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Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars... (103 mins.)
 
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Knights of the Round Table (1953)
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
27.
El héroe (1994 Short Film)
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In a subway station, a man watch a girl acting strange. He realizes that she may be attempting to commit suicide and tries to stop her... (5 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
28.
Allah Tantou (1992 Documentary)
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Filmmaker David Achkar searches for his father, Marof Achkar, who was sent to the notorious Camp Boiro prison in 1969 for treason. (62 mins.)
Director: David Achkar
 
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Auntie Danielle (1990)
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Auntie Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old bitch, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses... (112 mins.)
 
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Drum (2004)
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A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa. (94 mins.)
Director: Zola Maseko
 
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The Law (1990)
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Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga... (81 mins.)
 
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Djeli, conte d'aujourd'hui (1981)
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Kramoko Kouyate, son of a griot, cannot marry Fanta who is of noble blood. In flashback, the film explains the origin of the problem and shows their attempts to get around it. (90 mins.)
 
33.
Nuremberg (2000 Mini-Series)
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The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. (180 mins.)
 
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The One-Man Band (1900 Short Film)
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A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means. (2 mins.)
 
35.
Hawking (2004 TV Movie)
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A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite... (90 mins.)
Director: Philip Martin
 
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Emitaï (1971)
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As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray. (103 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
37.
Swashbuckler (1971)
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Nicolas Philibert goes to America after killing a French aristocrat. On his return he tries to divorce his wife, Charlotte, but when he sees others trying to woo her his own interest is rekindled. (98 mins.)
 
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The Last Supper (1995)
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A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs. (92 mins.)
Director: Stacy Title
 
39.
Gervaise (1956)
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Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it... (112 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
40.
The Attack of the Giant Mousaka (1999)
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Around the year 2000, a terrible occurence shocks the city of Athens: a huge piece of moussaka appears on the city streets... (99 mins.)
 
41.
Papy fait de la résistance (1983)
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Bourdelle, a family of musicians, refuse to play for Germans during the war. They would like to liberate France using all possible means. (102 mins.)
 
42.
War of the Buttons (1962)
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The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually. (90 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
 
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Afrique, je te plumerai (1992 Documentary)
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A documentary examining political repression in Cameroon, Central Africa. (88 mins.)
 
45.
Alien Apocalypse (2005 TV Movie)
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An astronaut doctor Ivan Hood and his fellow astronaut Kelly return from their mission in space to find the world has been taken over by aliens... (88 mins.)
Director: Josh Becker
 
46.
Les bronzés font du ski (1979)
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Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
47.
Jack Frost (1997 Video)
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A serial killer dies, comes back as a snowman, and wreacks havoc. (89 mins.)
Director: Michael Cooney
 
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Vipère au poing (2004)
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(100 mins.)
 
49.
Women with Open Eyes (1994 Documentary)
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Portraits of contemporary African women from four West African nations: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. (52 mins.)
 
50.
Joan of Arc (1900 Short Film)
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A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured. (10 mins.)
 
51.
Population 436 (2006 Video)
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A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population -- 436 residents -- for the last 100 years. (92 mins.)
 
52.
The War (1994)
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Vietnam War vet Costner must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children... (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
53.
Flic ou voyou (1979)
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Commissaire Stanislas Borowitz is going undercover as gangster Antonio Cerutti in order to expose corrupted policemen. (107 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
54.
Le guignolo (1980)
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Alexandre Dupré is a con artist, accidentally involved in a hunt for microfilm, containing a valuable invention of a recently murdered French scientist. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
55.
Black Girl (1966)
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A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France. (65 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
56.
Eating Out (2004)
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After getting dumped by his slutty girlfriend, Caleb falls in love with Gwen. However, thanks to Caleb's roommate, Gwen thinks he's gay and sets him up with her roommate, Marc. (90 mins.)
Director: Q. Allan Brocka
 
57.
Sister Smile (2009)
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A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self. (120 mins.)
Director: Stijn Coninx