As we come to the end of another strange year, it’s a good time to recap some of the better movies from the Cause Cinema genre. And even though some of these titles are as gut-wrenching as they are rewarding, they all call attention to socially relevant issues and themes we can relate to. While it was another great year for documentaries, we’re going to focus on narratives this week.
All of these movies have been embraced by the critical community, as well as general audiences. Some are scoring higher with one or the other, but many are landing on the 2022 top 10 lists. Several titles address a path forward while reflecting on the past. Others are perfectly timed with current events, and justice being served.
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In addition to several titles highlighted in our last article, you will find additional entries here that are part of the Oscar conversation, one being a leading candidate in the International category. Each entry has a link to the movie trailer, as well as links to the platforms hosting the films.
All Quiet on the Western Front - Trailer
War breaks out in Germany in 1914. Paul Bäumer and his classmates quickly enlist in the army to serve their fatherland. No sooner are they drafted than the first images from the battlefield show them the reality of war. (German with English subtitles). See on Netflix.
Happening - Trailer
Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. When she falls pregnant in 1960s France, where abortion is illegal, she resolves to act, no matter the risk. (French with English subtitles). See on AppleTV, GooglePlay or Amazon.
She Said - Trailer
The New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor publish a report that exposes sexual abuse allegations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The shocking story also serves as a launching pad for the #MeToo movement, shattering decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault and harassment. See on AppleTV, Vudu or Amazon.
Till - Trailer
The true story of Mamie Till-Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. See on AppleTV, Vudo or Amazon,
Women Talking - Trailer
Women in an isolated religious colony struggle to reconcile with their faith after a series of sexual assaults. See in Theaters.
Next week, we’ll be back with a focus on documentaries, with 5 top picks you will want to have on your radar.
Until then, happy holidays!
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