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Documentary: Crossing Borders (2009)

This is a documentary about the power of cross-cultural friendships. It follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering The Other, discover themselves. 

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Movie: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The film follows the 18-year-old daughter of British Indian Sikhs in London. She is infatuated with football but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl. She joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league.

Two sporty girls hugging.

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Movie: Lost in Translation (2003)

The film explores themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan.

Bill Murray's character sits on a hotel bed with Tokyo visible in a window behind him.

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Movie: The Farewell (2019)

The film follows a Chinese-American family who, upon learning their grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide not to tell her and schedule a family gathering before she dies.

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Note: A tool created for this movie is available at https://hubicl.org/toolbox/tools/649/objectives

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Movie: Queen (2013)

Rani, an under-confident Punjabi girl from New Delhi embarks on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.


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Movie: A Grandson from America (2012)

An old retired Shadow Puppet Chinese master, Lao Yang, has his quiet life disrupted his 6-year-old American grandson, who barely speaks Chinese. The movie is about their funny interactions and how they overcome differences in age, language and culture.

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Movie: Gran Torino (2008)

Set in Highland Park, Michigan, this film is the first mainstream American film to feature Hmong Americans.

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