Films and Documentaries

Films and Documentaries

These films may not relate directly to your charity, but they will certainly help your understanding of development issues, deepen your empathy with those living in the developing world and empower you to speak out on their behalf. Makutano Junction is a gripping Kenyan produced TV soap opera which currently attracts over seven million viewers in Kenya alone. It aims both to entertain and educate English-speaking African audiences. Set in a fictional Kenyan village,  it follows  the loves and lives of a colourful cast; romance, comedy, corruption, tragedy — it’s all in there!

Africa United A lively and uplifting story of three Rwandan kids who walk over 3,000 miles to the World Cup final in South Africa. The film show what it is like to grow up in various different parts of Africa, from war in the Congo to the HIV Crisis.  

Black Gold an in depth look at the injustices in the global trade of coffee from Africa

Hotel Rwanda  the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

City of God Youth gangs took over the slums of Rio de Janiero during the 1960s and didn’t relinquish their stronghold until the mid-1980s. Only a sucker wouldn’t have turned to crime and this is exactly how naive teen Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) views himself in ‘City Of God’.

Bend it Like Beckham Not just about football!  An entertaining look at different cultural values.

Slum Dog Millionaire Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20-million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”  Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. 




The Last King of Scotland a naive young doctor arrives in 1970’s Uganda – hoping for fun, sun and to lend a helping hand – he finds himself instead on a shocking ride into the darkest realm on earth.  The story mixes both fact and fiction.

Vajra Sky Over Tibet This documentary feature is a cinematic pilgrimage to some of the most revered venues and festivals still surviving in Tibet. It bears witness to the indomitable faith of its endangered Buddhist community and the imminent threat to its very survival.

Totsi film about a gritty young gang leader named Tsotsi who lives on the dangerous and crime-ridden streets of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Africa United  the extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Through these kids, we will encounter an Africa few people ever get to see; experience the hard reality of an epic walk through seven countries; as well as the joy, laughter and hope – ‘the ubuntu’ – that comes from making an incredible journey together.

Himalaya Michael Palin explores the Himalaya region, trekking through the mountains of Pakistan, India, Nepal, China and Bangladesh.

An Inconvenient Truth  While many high-ranking political figures continue to argue about global warming, Al Gore has plunged headlong into a serious wake-up call for the planet with a series of lectures about the problem