Movie Reviews

Movie Reviews for Films Used in TBB’s Programs

TBB offers a series of movie reviews on some of the many films we use during the course of the curriculum on our gap year programs abroad. Movies have been chosen because they offer unique insight into international development issues and inspire us each to be proactive agents of change. If you are interested in exploring some of the ideas TBB students engage during the programs, pick up a few movies and follow along!

Baraka
Barka
The Corporation
The Corporation
Who Killed the Electric Car
Who Killed the Electric Car
2 Million Minutes
Two Million Minutes
The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
The Future of Food
The Future of Food
Pandemic: Facing AIDS
Pandemic: Facing AIDS
Ghosts of Rwanda
Ghosts of Rwanda
The Devil Came on Horseback
The Devil Came on Horseback
Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore
Can Mr Smith Get to Washington Anymore

 

BarakaBaraka

Directed by Ron Fricke
There is no narration, and there are no actors. Yet, this full-length film speaks volumes about our global society. Fricke creates a story line and message by utilizing impressive cinematography of global cultures and heritage sites that are both familiar and unfamiliar to even the most traveled viewer. Read More

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The CorporationThe Corporation

Directed by Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott
The corporation as an economic and social entity has evolved over the last 200 years. Its influence over global politics and its reach through the products created touch the daily lives of virtually everyone on earth. Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott set out to analyze the legal, social, economic, and political standing of corporations. Read More

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Who Killed the Electric CarWho Killed the Electric Car?

Directed by Chris Paine
In 1996 Ford leased a limited number of the EV1 to drivers in California. A fully electric vehicle, the car received impressive ratings from users, was quiet, had no emissions, and was fast. By 2006, Ford had taken all of the cars it had leased back and quietly destroyed them. Chris Paine’s documentary peels back the layers of politics and economics that inspired Ford to create the EV1…  Read More

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Two Million MinutesTwo Million Minutes: A Global Examination

Directed by Chad Heeter
India, China, and a number of other “developing” nations have experienced impressive economic and social gains in recent decades. With growth rates for their GDPs between 8 and 10 percent and rapid expansion and improvement of social services like education and health care, the standard of living within these countries has greatly improved. However, as these economies diversify and develop the capacity to enter the high tech industry as chip makers, programmers, and designers, there is concern that the US and Europe may suddenly have competition for the white collar jobs that were previously theirs without competition. Read More

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Film The Killing FieldsThe Killing Fields

Directed by Roland Joff
Genocide is nearly as perplexing as it is tragic. It has occurred more times that one could count, on both large and small scales. It has been condemned by the international community and identified universally as an atrocity. Yet, our humanity continues to fail to prevent it. And, even when we know it’s happening and see its evidence in vivid images on our television screens, we’re not very good at stopping it. Read More

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The Future of FoodThe Future of Food

Directed by Deborah Koons
Food is a fundamental part of the human experience. Human society, civilization, and culture were founded upon and continue to revolve around our need for sustenance. At the end of WWII, nearly 2/3 of the world’s population was comprised of subsistence farmers. In 2000, the global proportion of farmers had dropped to 1/3.  Read More

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Pandemic: Facing AIDSPandemic: Facing AIDS

Directed by Rory Kennedy
Understanding the global HIV/AIDS pandemic is no easy task. Estimates of the numbers of infected vary by the tens of millions (20-40 million), measurements of prevalence rates (the percentage of the population in a given area that is infected) around the world are notoriously inaccurate, and the prescription to address the crisis is different for virtually every community.Pandemic: Facing AIDS aims to put a human and local face on the illness.  Read More

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Ghosts of RwandaGhosts of Rwanda

Directed by Greg Barker
Genocide is nearly as perplexing as it is tragic. It has occurred more times that one could count, on both large and small scales. It has been condemned by the international community and identified universally as an atrocity. Yet, our humanity continues to fail to prevent it. And, even when we know it’s happening and see its evidence in vivid images on our television screens, we’re not very good at stopping it. Read More

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The Devil Came on HorsebackThe Devil Came on Horseback

Directed by Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg
The genocide in Darfur is considered by some to be the greatest international tragedy of the past decade. As a former Marine, Brian Steidle joined the African Union forces in Darfur as a contractor in an area of conflict. What he observed and captured on his camera had a profound effect upon him. He was a witness to genocide. Stern and Sundberg’s documentary chronicles Steidle’s difficult journey from gaining consciousness of the genocide to raising awareness in the international community, particularly in the US. Read More

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Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington AnymoreCan Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

Directed by Frank Popper
Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart provided us with the inspired notion that the democratic system, for all of its shortcomings, still provides opportunities for champions of what’s right. Frank Popper’s documentary Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? strives to put this notion to the test. Read More

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