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Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006) Director: Manuel Huerga Actors: Daniel Brühl, Tristán Ulloa Runtime: 134 min Salvador Puig was a Spanish anarchist, member of the group MIL, which robbed banks and financed illegal political press, books and other materials, supported workers’ struggles and the fight against authoritarian regime of Francisco Franco. During the arrest, he killed …

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The Pentagon Papers (2003) Director: Rod Holcomb Actors: James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti Runtime: 92 min The protagonist of the movie is Daniel Ellsberg, a remarkable young analyst, who is the subject of the U.S. Cold War ideology of spreading liberal-democratic values and the threat of a communist ‘domino effect’. His greatest wish is …

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Some Mother’s Son (1996) Director: Terry George Actors: Helen Mirren, Aidan Gillen, John Lynch Runtime: 112 min This is story about the 1981. hunger strike of Irish political prisoners and the events that accompanied it. One of the main causes of conflict in Northern Ireland was discrimination against Catholics (Irish) by ruling Protestants (British loyalists). …

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Director: Tomas Alfredson Actors: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy Runtime: 127 min At the very top of the British intelligence agency MI6 is a Soviet double agent. Or maybe not? Very complex and dynamic espionage thriller set in the middle of the 1970s. From the beginning of the movie, …

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Walker (1987) Director: Alex Cox Actors: Ed Harris Runtime: 94 min William Walker was US adventurer and mercenary who (among other things) organized a private military expedition to Nicaragua in 1855. This expedition was funded by Cornelius Vanderbilt, a tycoon who controlled transportation in Nicaragua, since at that time the Panama Canal hasn’t been constructed …

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Margin Call (2011) Director: J.C. Chandor Actors: Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci Runtime: 107 min At the beginning of the global economic crisis, a young analyst uses a computer simulation to predict the imminent fall of the market. The movie covers a period of 24h during which senior executives decide to sell all the …

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Loin du Vietnam (1967) Directors: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais Runtime: 115 min At the time when this issue was predominant, seven French film directors have jointly made a documentary that grappled with the issue of the Vietnam War. At the beginning of the film we …

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Nazi Concentration Camps (1945) Director: George Stevens Runtime: 59 min The official documentary, made from footage that was recorded by U.S. troops during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. It was used as evidence at the Nuremberg trials. The camps are shown one after the other, and include footage from Dachau, Buchenwald, Mauthausen and many others. …

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Hors la loi (2010) Director: Rachid Bouchareb Actors: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila Runtime: 138 min This tale of three Algerian brothers who are living in France in the late 1950s and early 1960s presents an exceptional insight into the Algerian anti-colonial struggle. Critics place this movie somewhere between film noir and western, comparing …

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Brestskaya krepost (2010) Director: Aleksandr Kott Actors: Aleksey Kopashov, Andrey Merzlikin, Pavel Derevyanko Runtime: 132 min In spite of accelerated militarization and the growing awareness that the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany is inevitable, in the days immediately preceding the beginning of the war, Stalin refused to accept the credibility of the …

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