World History ap movie Project

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World History AP - Movie Project

Unit IV and V cover the periods from 1750- the present. There are tons of great movies that cover this period in history. Many of them are very historically accurate and tell the stories in an interesting and compelling way. Your assignment is to watch one movie from each part of the world. Most of these movies are free on youtube, or available on Netflix and at the public library. After watching each movie you will write a one page review of the movie. You should watch at least one that is in another language.

  • In your review you need to include what themes of AP world history the movie deals with and give examples from the movie for each one.

  • Discuss the plot and characters in the film in terms of not only how effective they are but also how well they reflect the time period.

  • You will also research other reviews of the movie to see if the movie is historically accurate or if the filmmakers took any liberties for the sake of storytelling.

  • Because the setting and costuming are crucial to the atmosphere and realism of a historical movie, spend some time in your review discussing each of these.

  • Rate the reviews from 1 to 10 on the basis of how well the review covered the historical elements of the movie, rather than simply critiquing the movie with no reference to the time period.

Choose one movie from each column




North America

South America

La Noire de… or Black Girl Directed by Ousmane Sembène
1966 Senegal

Memoirs of a Geisha Directed by Rob Marshall 2005 Japan

April Captains Directed by Maria de Medieros 2000 Portugal

The Crucible Directed by Nicholas Hytner 1996 US

Missing Directed by Costa-Gavras 1982 Chile

Faraw! Mother of the Dunes Directed by Abdoulaye Ascofaré
1997 Mali

Gandhi Directed by Richard Attenborough 1982 India

The Wind That Shakes the Barley Directed by Ken Loach 2006 Ireland

Amistad Directed by Steven Spielberg 1997 US

Men With Guns Directed by John Sayles 1997 (unnamed country)


Directed by Roger Gnoan M’Bala

2000 Burkina Faso

Once Upon a Time in China Directed by Mark Tsui 1991 China

Danton Directed by Andrzej Wajda 1982 France

Glory Directed by Edward Zwick 1989 US

Motorcycle Diaries Directed by Walter Salles 2004 Argentina

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Directed by Jamie Uys 1980

South Africa/Botswana

Monsoon Wedding Directed by Mira Nair 2001 India

The Young Victoria Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee 2009 England

The Crossing (tv movie) Directed by Robert Harmon 2000 US

Evita Directed by Alan Parker 1996 Argentina

Goodbye Bafana Directed by Bille August 2007 South Africa

Jose Rizal Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1988 Philippines

The Leopard Directed by Luchino Visconti 1963 Italy

Iron Jawed Angels Directed by Katja von Garnier 2004 US

The Mission Directed by Rolan Joffe 1986 Brazil

The Amazing Grace

Directed by Jeta Amata

2006 Nigeria

Kandahar Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf 2001 Afghanistan

1900 or Novecento Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci 1976 Italy

All The President’s Men Directed by Alan Pakula 1976 US

Black Orpheus Directed by Marcel Camus 1959 Brazil


Directed by Ousmane Sembène

2004 Senegal

Nanjing 1937 also known as Don’t Cry Nanjing Directed by Ziniu Wu 1996 China

All Quiet on the Western Front Directed by Lewis Milestone 1930 Germany

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Directed by Bruce Beresford 2003 Mexico

How Tasty was My Little Frenchman Directed by Dos Santos1971 Brazil

Shaka Zulu (miniseries) Directed by William C. Faure


Zulu Kingdom

Tora! Tora! Tora! Directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, &

Toshio Masuda 1970 Japan

Nicholas and Alexandra Directed by Franklin Schaffner 1971 Russia

Que Viva Mexico! Directed by Sergei Eisenstein 1931/1979 Mexico /USSR

Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business Directed by Helena Solberg 1995 Brazil

Out of Africa

Directed by Sydney Pollack

1985 Kenya

The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Berolucci 1987 China

Land and Freedom Directed by Ken Loach 1995 Spain

Viva Zapata! Directed by Elia Kazan 1952 Mexico

Quilombo Directed by Carlos Diegues 1986 Brazil

I Dreamed of Africa Directed by Hugh Hudson 2000


Painted Fire or Chihwaseon Directed by Kwon Taek Im 2002 Korea

The Longest Day Directed by Ken Annakin 1962 France/Germany

Salvador Directed by Oliver Stone 1986 El Salvador

Lion’s Den or Boca del Lobo Directed by Lombardi 1988 Peru

Nowhere in Africa Directed by Caroline Link 2001 Kenya

Assembly Directed by Xiaogang Feng 2007 China

Waterloo Directed by Sergey Bondarchuk 1970 France

Birth of a Nation Directed by DW Griffith 1915 US

Four Days in September Directed by Bruno Barreto 1997 Brazil

The Last King of Scotland Directed by Kevin McDonald 2006 Uganda

The Killing Fields Directed by Roland Joffe 1984 Cambodia

Mutiny on the Bounty Directed by Lewis Milestone 1962 England

Thirteen Days Directed by Roger Donaldson 2000 US/Cuba

Che Part 1 and 2 Directed by Steven Soderbergh 2008 Cuba/Argentina

Battle of Algiers Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo 1966 Algiers

A Passage to India Directed by David Lean 1984 India

Amadeus Directed by Milos Foreman 1984 Austria

El Norte Directed by Gregory Nava 1983 Guatemala

The Burning Season Directed by John Frankenheimer 1994 (tv movie) Brazil

Parent Signature Required _______________________________________________________

Parents please sign this paper signifying that you approve the films that your student is watching.
Other movies can be seen for credit for this assignment. Make a note here if you propose another film in lieu of one of these. It must fit in the geographic location and time frame.

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