Kirikou et la sorcière (Kirikou And The Sorceress)(1998)
Animation based on a traditional African tale about a headstrong baby whose cleverness is a match for the wicked sorceress that threatens his village.
Drawn in a distinct style that reflects the originality of the story and accompanied by traditional African folk songs, this accessible and hugely enjoyable film is a colourful look into tribal traditions and different methods of storytelling in African society. Prepare to fall in love with Kirikou!Read more
Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron(2002)
Animation about a wild horse which journeys across America, escaping attempts to tame him and teaming up with a Native American en route.
By blending hand drawn animation and CGI, this animation has a wonderfully original visual finesse. Spirit is a fiery wild horse whose growing friendship with a Native American tribes-person opens many avenues of exploration into both indigenous lifestyles and landscapes.Read more
Dora and the Lost City of Gold(2019)
An adventurous Hispanic teenager sets off on a jungle adventure with her new high school classmates in order to rescue her explorer parents.
Based on the famous children’s animated show, this live-action and updated take on the character of Dora is both a celebration of Hispanic heritage but also contains strong messages about the importance of preserving and respecting the indigenous Amazonian treasures and traditions found in the film.Read more
The Eagle Huntress(2016)
Inspiring documentary about a 13 year-old girl seeking to defy tradition and become an eagle hunter in her isolated Mongolian community.
As women around the world continue to push for equality between the sexes, this film documents one teenage girl’s resilience and defiance in the face of her community’s traditions whilst containing some unbelievably gorgeous scenes of Mongolia’s diverse mountainous regions.Read more
A courageous teenage girl follows in the footsteps of her ancestors in sailing across the Oceanic seas, accompanied by a demi-god called Maui.
Hugely successful on release, this Disney film is a breath of fresh air, exploring the little-addressed traditions of the Oceanic people without sacrificing any of the warmth, accessibility and wit that make Disney films so hugely popular. Consider the coconut.Read more
Tradition causes trouble in a family when a young Maori girl wants to take up what she believes is her rightful place at the head of her tribe.
Set in modern New Zealand and filmed with loving care, Whale Rider is very much a film about the clash between the old and the new, focusing on how social progression can be even more difficult in indigenous communities.Read more
The Cave Of The Yellow Dog(2005)
A touching story played out against beautiful Mongolian scenery, as a young girl befriends a stray dog, setting off a troubling series of events.
An underseen but incredibly worthwhile film, this Mongolian-set blend of documentary and fiction is a sincerely authentic account of a family’s life in one of the most remote parts of the world. It also contains one of the cutest dogs in all of cinema.Read more
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