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Twelve Films That Highlight the Best in Humanity
This year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture tend to emphasize the worst in humanity. For example, Joker is about the descent into homicidal madness. Jojo Rabbit is about one of the worst events in human history, the Nazi Holocaust. 1917 is about another catastrophe, World War One.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

In the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the children's TV host Mister Rogers was on a mission to teach children that they mattered, that they could manage their difficult emotions and th...

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Social connection makes hope possible. This is the message in the film based on the life of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba. The story plays off in Malawi during a famine caused by a series of natura...

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The Farewell

The Farewell

The Farewell is about a first-generation Chinese immigrant, Billi. She wants to visit her dying grandmother, Nai-Nai, in China, to say goodbye.

Nai-Nai is unaware of the seriousness of h...

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For Sama

For Sama

For Sama is a documentary of the daily life in Aleppo, Syria, in 2016 during a war.

Sama is the baby daughter of Waad al-Kateab, a citizen journalist. The documentary is Waad's love letter t...

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Harriet

Harriet

Harriet Tubman brought slaves to freedom before and during the Civil War.

The movie Harriet shows how a willing woman with simple courage and fierceness could free her family and herself...

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Just Mercy

Just Mercy

McMillian is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
The film - based on the memoir of attorney Bryan Stevenson - shows human lives stripped of dignity, and the reality of unfair con...

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

This story is about Jimmie Fails (played by Jimmie Fails). The story is actually about who Jimmie initially thinks he is and how he discovers that the life he'd been living isn't good enough becaus...

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Little Women

Little Women

In this version, director Greta Gerwig combines the original text of Little Women with author Alcott's letters, to produce a story of fierce purpose and determination.
Jo's mother, Marmee, di...

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Marriage Story

Marriage Story

In Marriage Story, a stage director and an actress go through a divorce.

The characters are purposefully de-glamorized.

They're very ordinary, and say and do foolish things. T...

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Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory

Salvador Mallo is a once-famous film director who now suffers unbearable back pain, constant heartbreak, anger over failures and emotional separation from his mother.

When Salvador learn...

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Parasite

Parasite

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho portrays two South Korean families, one very rich, the other very poor, to demonstrate how the two sides are pitted against each other in capitalist societies.

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The Rise of Skywalker

The Rise of Skywalker

In Rise of Skywalker, the main character Rey ultimately offers compassionate action as an alternative to violence.

While superheroes normally kill all the bad guys, it puts being a he...

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