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Media from Around the World: Literacy, Democracy, and Access

Part Two: Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico, and Central and South America

This is the second installment of our curated collection of media programs from many different world regions, in honor of International Literacy Day.

Mexico, Central America, South America

Amores Perros (Mexico)

In the top third and bottom third of the image are movie quotes and information. In the center is the title, Amores Perros, and above that are three faces all in semi-profile, with the left side of the face visible, in a saturated reddish-orange light.
Amores Perros. 29 September 2022,

Seemingly inconsequential events line up until a tragic car accident brings three different narratives together to create this movie. This emotional film centered on loss and regret is considered one of the best by Alejandro González Iñárritu.1

The Sacred Science (Peru)

In the top third and bottom third of the image are the film title "The Scared Science", awards the film has won, and other film information. The background image shows a hut-type structure nestled in trees with a partly cloudy blue sky above.
The Sacred Science. 29 September 2022,

This documentary from Peru explores the healing powers of indigenous plants as well as the spiritual practices of Amazon medicine men. Eight people travel to the Amazon in hope of finding a cure for their illness based on traditional medicine.2

The Color of Passion (Mexico)

Poster for the movie The Color of Passion.
The Color of Passion. 29 September 2922

This Mexican telenovela Rebecca who holds a grudge against her sister Arianna for obtaining everything Rebecca has ever wanted in live, including the man she loves.3

The Garifuna Journey (Belize)

Film title, "The Garifuna Journey," appears at top in golden yellow with a black background. Underneath is a black and white depiction of two people in a small wooden boat on the water, one standing in the bow and one seated in the stern Both are dressed in sun hats with full-length clothing.
The Garifuna Journey. New Day Films. 29 September 2022,

Working closely with Garifuna tradition bearers, this “outsider and insider” collaboration is the first of its kind, one that captures the triumph of spirit of the Garifuna people. With vivid and engaging footage shot entirely in Belize, the documentary celebrates the continuity of Garifuna culture in the face of overwhelming odds.4


Hinterland/Y Gwyll (Wales)

Four people in coats stand together facing the viewer, in a field with hills in the background. The series title, "Y Gwyll" is printed above.
Y Gwyll. 29 September 2022,

In a remote corner of Wales DCI Tom Mathais solves crime sin a town full of dark secrets. This four-part drama series from the BBC is set in Aberystwyth, Wales and contained English and Welsh dialogue.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France)

A woman in dark clothing stands against a dark background, with flames at her feet. The title, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is overlaid across her midsection in white cursive script.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire. 29 September 2022,

This film by director Céline Sciamma follows Marianne, a woman hired to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride and in order to paint her portrait Marianne must work secretly and poses as a companion for Héloïse. As the two women grow closer, the intimacy between them grows until the portrait becomes a collaborative act and expression of their love.6

The Peasant and the Priest (Italy)

The title, "The Peasant and the Priest" is in the center of the image, in white letters against a dark brown background. Above the title is a black-and-white photo of a peasant family. Below the title is a black-and-white photo of a man in semi-profile, with black clothing and a black head covering.
The Peasant and the Priest. 29 September 2022,

This documentary by Polish artist Esther Podemski tells the story of two elderly Italian men and how their way of life reflects that of medieval Italy in many ways. Sergio is a sharecropper utilizing ancient farming methods, and Father Oreste serves in a religious capacity working toward making the world a better place as he fights against the forced prostitution of African women in Italy.7


Empress Ki/기황후/ 奇皇后 (Korea)

This historical romance follows Empress Ki, a famous Korean-born woman from Goryeo. This drama follows Empress Ki as she ascends to power despite class restrictions weighting against her to become the favored wife of the Mongol emperor Togon-temür.

吸血鬼ハンターD ブラッドラスト Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Japan)

A black winged figure sits atop a horse rearing up with its front feet. Behind them is a gian full moon. Below the figure, the title, "Vampire Hunter D," is written in red.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. 29 September 2022,

Based off the famous Japanese lite novel series Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi this anime follows the famous character D as he sets out to save a kidnapped woman and destroy the vampire that abducted her.9

舌尖上的中国 A Bite of China (China)

The title of the documentary is written in Chinese characters and in English down the central line of the image. At the bottom right of the image is a pair of chopsticks grabbing on to a depiction of the mountains of China.
A Bite of China. 29 September 2022,

This CCTV documentary explores the diverse food culture found throughout China. This documentary is a view into famous, and less known foods of China through the lens of famous chefs, regional cuisine, as well as the traditional food of ethnic minorities.10


The Wedge

Poster for the movie The Wedge.
The Wedge. 29 September 2022,

The Wedge is an Australian comedy sketch show that takes place in the same fictional town over the course of two seasons. Each episode makes a nod to previous episodes and ties all of them together in a comedic sequence. 11

The Babadook

Poster for the movie The Babadook.
The Babadook. 29 September 2022,

This Australian psychological horror follows a single mother plagued by the sudden death of her husband as she struggles to cope and care for her young son. After finding an eery children’s book titled “Mister Babadook” strange things begin to happen in her home.12

The Australian Dream

Poster for the movie The Australian Dream.
The Australian Dream. 29 September 2022,

This documentary follows retired AFL star Adam Goodes who left the sport to take up advocacy after experiencing racial abuse during a match. Goodes, an activist for Indigenous causes in Australia, came face to face with the all too common fact that Australia as a whole is often unwilling to confront its problematic past and present relations with aboriginal communities throughout the continent.

Student blogger Kathryn Vandrey is a graduate student and Media Services desk staff member. Kathryn studies Chinese language and history.

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