I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Ken Loach takes a frank look at the welfare system in place in austerity Britain, in a fly on the wall piece that reveals the human faces of benefit claimants. A sobering protest which has resonated with thousands of Brits.

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Cidade de Deus / City of God (2002)

Set in the ‘favelas’ or slums of Rio de Janiero, where drug gangs claim childhoods. Pubescent boys live their lives in the fast lane,  wielding guns and knives. We get to know and love each gang member before they meet their bloody end. Not one you’re likely to forget in a hurry.

 

Motorcycle Diaries / Diarios de Motocicleta (2004)

Based on the journals of a young Che Guevara, who as a medical student embarked on a road trip across South America with his friend Alberto Granado in order to discover the continent and its people. What starts off as a raucous, hedonistic journey becomes far more sobering as the men encounter the extreme poverty, hunger and disease facing their countrymen.

 

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