The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner
Genre:
Drama, War | Director: Russell Crowe | Language: English | Length: 111 minutes | Country: Turkey | Year: 2014 | Rating: R

Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth…and his own peace.

Recommended for use in Community College courses.

Inch’Allah Dimanche

Inch’Allah Dimanche
Genre:
Biography, Drama | Director: Yamina Benguigui | Language: Arabic, French | Length: 96 minutes | Country: Algeria, France | Year: 2001 | Rating: N/A

This French/Algerian movie tells the story about the life of an Algerian immigrant woman in France. The film is largely descriptive of her family’s experience moving to France and the struggles for autonomy Algerian women continue to face even today. The film won a variety of international awards, including the 2001 International Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.. Although Benguigui was urged to change the name of the film after the September 11 attacks, she chose to keep the original title, a portion of which is in Algerian Arabic. This film explores the complexities of immigration and the role of women in Algerian society.

This is a great film to show in French Language classes. French teachers might also have intermediate-advanced students read the book “Dakia, fille d’Alger” to further study of Algeria.

Available for streaming on Netflix.

Sabah

Sabah
Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Ruba Nadda | Language: English | Length: 86 minutes | Country: Canada | Year: 2005 | Rating: NR

Arsinee Khanjian plays the title character, an unmarried 40-year-old woman of Syrian birth who lives in Toronto with her traditional and sometimes overbearing, but loving, Muslim family. Sabah is a 40-year-old Muslim woman. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man: She’s Muslim; he’s not. Keeping him secret from her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.