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WATCH a movie or TV show made in another country.

Not all movies are made in Hollywood. Watch a movie or TV show made in another country! Below is a list of suggestions. They can all be checked out from the Multimedia Department located on the third floor of the Northbrook Public Library. You may also find other good options by browsing the collection. You may also, of course, find a good movies from another source. If you have any favorite foreign film or TV shows for children, please share them with us so our list of suggestions can grow.

Each movie or series counts as one activity. 

Alamar (Mexico) 2009; not rated

Jorge has only a few weeks before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his
mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge
takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a
fisherman's life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan
learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea.

Au Revoir les Enfants (France) 1987; rated PG

Writer-director Louis Malle's affecting 1987 drama tells of a new student, hiding his Jewish
identity, who arrives at a boarding school in Nazi-occupied France during World
War II. When the 12-year-old protagonist does something impulsive, it turns out
to be a shameful act that will haunt him forever. This emotionally charged,
deeply personal film, will trigger meaningful discussions about racism and

Bend it Like Beckham (England) 2003; PG-13

Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she
just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means
kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by
Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team.

Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds (Turkey) 2008; not rated

A young boy who works for a watermelon seller dreams of starting his own movie theater, and along
with the help from his friend rebuilds a projector on their time off work

*Cave of the Yellow Dog (Mongolia) 2005; not rated

A little girl in a family of nomads in Mongolia finds herself at odds with her family when
she brings home a dog her father is certain killed their sheep, and he will not
allow her to keep it. Cannes Film Festival winner, San Sebastian International
Film Festival winner, London International Film Festival official selection.

Cinema Paradiso (Italy) 1988; rated PG

The 1988 Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is about a little boy who works at a movie
theater in a town in post-World War II Italy with his mentor, a projectionist.
Writer-director Guiseppe Tornatore's romantic autobiographical fable has
majestic sweep, some bitersweet laughs, and many magical moments.

The Great Match (Germany, Spain) 2006; not rated

Three soccer fans, living in the farthest-flung corners of the planets (Mongolia, Niger and
Brazil) are all determined to watch the TV broadcast of the 2002 World Cup

H20. Just Add Water (Australia) 2012; television series

When three normal teenage girls stumble upon an ancient cavern they undergo a transformation that
will change their lives forever. H20 - just add water, sees three very
different girls facing everyday teen problems with a twist - they're mermaids with
incredible powers over water. Australian television show.

The Hidden Fortress (Japan) 1958; not rated

princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure,
guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants. -
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princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure,
guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants. -
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A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants.

Il Postino/The Postman (Italy) 1994; rated PG

This moving drama focuses on the friendship that springs up between exiled Chilean poet Pablo
Neruda and an unlettered Italian mail carrier whom Neruda sees every day. A
poetic charmer for all generations, this sweet romantic fable shows how one
person can profoundly affect another.

*Kirikou and the Sorceress (Africa) 2004, not rated

Based on West African folklore, this is the story of a remarkable baby boy who is
born with the ability to speak, amazing intelligence, and physical abilities.

Mostly Martha (Germany) 2001; rated PG

Martha is the chef who fusses and obsesses over each dish before it leaves the kitchen. The
demands of her job and her natural shyness keep her from meeting new people.
When her sister suddenly dies, Martha adopts Lina, her eight-year-old niece,
completely changing both lives. Martha gets unexpected help from Mario,
Martha's hunky new sous chef, who is not only a whiz on the chopping block but
knows sundry magic tricks and jokes to keep Lina's spirits afloat. Just as
Martha starts to grow attached to the girl, Lina's erratic father shows up
demanding that he take her back to Italy with him.

My Neighbor Totoro (Japan) 2010; rated G

A Hayao Miyazaki animated feature. Two young sisters spend a summer in the
Japanese countryside with their father. The children's strange new home turns
out to be a wonderland filled with creatures and a trio of furry woodland
sprites who can only be seen by children.

Ponyo (Japan) 2009; rated G

A Hayao Miyazaki animated feature. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish
named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before
Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human
upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess,
can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.

The Secret of Roan Inish (Ireland) 1993; rated PG

10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal,
Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a selkie
- a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out
to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; some in the family believes the boy is
being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on an
abandoned isle and takes an active role in uncovering the secret.

Spirited Away (Japan) rated PG

Hayao Miyazaki directed this 2001 Oscar-winner for Best Animated
Film. The story tells of an impressionable 10-year-old and her parents who
discover an enchanted world. An imaginative tale about children's inner lives,
this wondrous journey of self-discovery has artistic brilliance that will
enthrall both children and adults.

*The Steamroller and the Violin (Russia) 2002; not rated

At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship between Sasha, a young boy who loves to play
the violin, and Sergey, the macho driver of a steamroller. The film sidesteps
sentimentality to give us a warm yet ironic look at two individuals who bridge
differences in generations to form a powerful bond.

The Red Balloon (France) 1956; not rated

A French boy named Pascal discovers a stray red balloon in the streets of Paris. Pascal and
the balloon become fast friends and share many adventures.



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