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10 Outstanding Third World Movies

Cinema was powerful and expressive in developing countries . Other than, Italy, France and Germany, many other countries spermed and fertilized for the growth and development of cinema. This list about the amazing films from third world countries which showcased a culture of film appreciation for the World cinema.


María Candelaria

Released : 1943
Directed : Emilio Fernández

María Candelaria was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix (now known as the Palme d'Or) becoming the first Latin American country to do so. María Candelaria would later win a Silver Ariel award for Best Cinematography

The Payer of Promises

Released : 1962
Directed : Anselmo Duarte

O Pagador de Promessas (in Portuguese) is a 1962 Brazilian drama film directed by Anselmo Duarte. Duarte adapted the screenplay himself from the famous stage play written by Dias Gomes. Shot in Salvador, Bahia, it stars Leonardo Villar.
It won the Palme d'Or at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first (and to date the only) Brazilian film to achieve that feat. A year later, it also became the first Brazilian and South American film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Hour of Furnaces

Released : 1968
Directed : Octavio Getino,Fernando Solanas

The Hour of the Furnaces is a 1968 film directed by Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas. 'The paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema',] it addresses the politics of the 'Third worldist' films and Latin-American manifesto of the late 1960s.

The Last Supper

Released : 1976
Directed : Tomas Alea

The Last Supper tells the story of a pious plantation owner during Cuba's Spanish colonial period. The plantation owner decides to recreate the Biblical Last Supper using twelve of the slaves working in his sugarcane fields, hoping to thus teach the slaves about Christianity.




Released : 1984
Directed : María Luisa Bemberg

Camila is based on the story of the 19th-century Argentine socialite Camila O'Gorman. The story had previously been adapted in 1910 by Mario Gallo, in the now considered lost film Camila O'Gorman. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, marking the second time an Argentine film was nominated for this award.

The Official Story

Released : 1985
Directed : Luis Puenzo

The film deals with the story of an upper middle class couple who lives in Buenos Aires with an illegally adopted child. The mother comes to realize that her daughter may be the child of a desaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina's last military dictatorship (1976-1983).
Among several other international awards, it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 58th Academy Awards.

Children of the Heaven

Released : 1997
Directed : Majid Majidi

Movie deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998.

Central Station

Released : 1998
Directed : Walter Salles

The Movie tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. It features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the major roles. The film's title in Portuguese, Central do Brasil, is the name of Rio de Janeiro's main railway station.

City of God

Released : 2002
Directed : Fernando Meirelles

Movie depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Zé and criminal Knockout Ned.

A Seperation

Released : 2011
Directed : Asghar Farhadi

Movie focuses on an Iranian middle-class couple who separate, and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower-class care giver for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.