I’ve been thinking about putting together a film series on the topic of children around the world, and present this at Ryerson for ECE students, and others who might be interested. SO I’m making up a list of films here, with annotations and links as I find them. Thoughts and comments appreciated.
1 - Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities) - Wenders, Dir.- German (1974)
2 - Rabbit Proof Fence - Noyce, Dir. Australia (Aboriginal / English) (2002) http://imdb.com/title/tt0252444/
3 - La Cité des enfants perdus/City of Lost Children - Jeunet, Dir. - France (1995)
4 - Io speriamo che me la cavo / Ciao, Professore! - Vertmuller, Dir. - Italian (1992)
5 - The Secret Garden - Holland, Dir. - US/UK (1993)
6 - Luna Papa - Khudojnazarov, Dir. - [Russian language] Germany / Japan / Tajikistan / Uzbekistan / Austria / Switzerland / France / Russia (1999)
7 - Kikujirô no natsu (Kikujiro), Takeshi, Dir. - Japanese (1999)
8 - Zamani barayé masti asbha (Time for Drunken Horses) - Ghobadi, Dir. - Iran (Persian/Kurdish) (2000)
9 - Istgah-Matrouk (The Deserted Station) - Raisian, Dir. - Iran (2002) -
10 - The Incredibles - Bird, Dir. - USA (2004) http://imdb.com/title/tt0317705/
11 - The River - Renoir, Dir. - (English) France/India (1951) http://imdb.com/title/tt0043972/
12 - Natsu no niwa (The Friends) - Shinji Sômai, Dir. - Japan (1994) http://imdb.com/title/tt0110630/
13 - IP5: L’île aux pachydermes (IP5: The Island of Pachyderms) - Beineix, Dir. - French (1995) http://imdb.com/title/tt0104473/
14 - The Wooden Camera - Ntshaveni Wa Luruli, Dir. - France / UK / South Africa (English) (2003) http://imdb.com/title/tt0402590/
15 - Hideous Kinky - MacKinnon, Dir. - UK / France / Morocco (English / French / Arabic )(1998) http://imdb.com/title/tt0136244/
16 - Paddle to the Sea - Bill Mason, Dir. - Canada http://imdb.com/title/tt0060810/
17 - The Great Toy Robbery - Hale Dir. - Canada (1963) http://imdb.com/title/tt0223400/
18 - The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (Dr. Seuss) - Rowland, Dir. - US (1953) http://imdb.com/title/tt0045464/
Born into Brothels
My life as a Dog
Monsters Inc. Definitely fits in with your criteria, have you seen it? It’s about the monsters in your closet.
Bad Education/ La mala educatión.
I’m not sure whether the 2 main characters’ childhood memories sections the film would fit into your “ECE” theme, but Almodovar is one of my favourite directors and I had to squeeze him in. Plus, this is about very topical issue in the Catholic parts of the world — sexual abuse of children (esp boys) by priests.
In This World.
It’s actually based on a real life 12 year old Afghan’s story.
Now I am trying to remember the title of this wonderful fictional movie with great cinematography which I think was Italian. Dang. I had all this in Flailing in the Surf. Damned Hackers.
Oh and did you get that one where the boy dreamed of running the movie theatre in his town? That one is Italian. From the 1980s Dang… I’ll get back to you. I suck at titles.
Another recent movie is The Cider House Rules (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124315/), but honestly the book was much much much better than the movie. Still though, it won all sorts of aclaim, so I thought I’d mention it.
The Gravel Road
http://www.reelasian.com/festival/index.html (scroll down it showed on Fri Nov 25th click on the title and read the details there. they give more than the imdb… holy cow what an excellent film.)