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Amadeus (Mozart)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who found a fierce rival in Antonio Salieri who was insanely jealous of Mozart. He resented Mozart for both his lifestyle and his undeniable talent and became obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that had dire consequences for both men.

Amistad (Atlantic Slave Trade)

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Based on a true story, Amistad chronicles the story of a group of enslaved Africans who overcome their captors and attempt to return to their homeland.  When the ship is seized, the captive Africans are brought to trial in the United States. This is the story of that courtroom battle.


Lawrence of Arabia (Middle East WWI)

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T.E. Lawrence, a British officer who unites the desert tribes of Arabia against the Turks during World War I.

Gandhi (Indian Independence)

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 The life of Mahatma Gandhi from his days as a lawyer in South Africa to his role as India's spiritual leader by using his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest that helped end British rule. Centers on the extraordinary man who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence and set an entire nation free in 1947.

The Last King of Scotland (Idi Amin's rise and fall)

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Chronicles Idi Amin's rise and fall. Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan, a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s. He gains Amin's trust and becomes his personal physician. Garrigan's perspective as an outsider causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power. Amin is both charismatic and horribly destructive. Garrigan's dream life becomes a walking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape.

War and Peace (Napoleonic Wars)

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"Russia 1805. Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, in their youthful ambition, despite their privileged circumstances, is to find meaning in their lives. Kind-hearted but awkward Pierre, the illegitimate son of Russia's richest man, wants to change the world for the better. The beautiful and spirited Natasha is searching for true love, while handsome and gallant Andrei, frustrated with the superficiality of society, seeks a higher purpose. At the same time Napoleon's army edges ever closer to Russia's borders.

Gone with the Wind (American Civil War)

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Based on the book written by Margaret Mitchell, this is an epic story of the American South's fight to maintain it's way of life during the American Civil War (1861-65). Scarlett O'Hara and her family are amongst the ladies and "chivalrous" gentlemen at the Twelve Oaks Plantation's ball before the Civil War begins. It is how Scarlett's love for one man keeps her from seeing the love that another man truly has for her. As the South finally crumbles down around her, Scarlett devises a way to overcome starvation in order save herself and her family.



Dr Zhivago (Communist Revolution)


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Dr Zhivago, a poet and surgeon, husband and lover finds his life disrupted by war. It alters the lives of many, including Tonya, the gentle woman he marries and Lara, the woman he cannot forget.


Bridge of Spies (Cold War)


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James Donovan is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

Hotel Rwanda (Genocide in Africa)

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The deeply moving true story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict.

Amandla; A Dry White Season; The Bang Bang Club; Cry the Beloved Country; Cry Freedom;(struggle during Apartheid)

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"Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony" is a soul-stirring documentary that uses exclusive interviews and rare, never-before-seen film footage to document the vital role that music played in the nearly half-century struggle against apartheid in South Africa.


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The Pianist, Saving Private Ryan, Dambusters (World War II)

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The Pianist; Saving Private Ryan; Casablanca; Schindlers List;  Cabaret; The Dam Busters; Bomber Harris.

Apocalypse Now (Vietnam War)

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A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.

Tsotsi (South Africa)

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A young man running with a criminal gang on the streets of Johannesburg, Tsotsi - a nickname meaning thug - is immersed in a world of violence that seems to leave him unaffected, until he discovers an infant in the backseat of a car he has stolen.

Sarafina (1976 riots)

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A musical about a teenage girl living in Soweto, South Africa under apartheid. Inspired by their teacher, Sarafina and her schoolmates resist their oppressors and suffer brutal reprisals.