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7 films to start travelling... before leaving!

7 films to start travelling... before leaving!

A child plays near the NGO we work with in Cambodia.
A child plays near the NGO with which we collaborate in Cambodia.

Your journey can start long before the plane takes off! Whether you've already chosen your next destination or you're still undecided, we encourage you to check out one of these 7 films to immerse yourself in the landscape and culture you will soon be visiting. We saw them before leaving and they helped us to get an idea of the reality we were going to find (and to start dreaming 😄). Aim, aim!

Elephant from the rescue centre we work with in Thailand.
Elephant of the rescue centre with whom we collaborate in Thailand.

1 Thailand: Mahout: Changing Reigns

  • Gender: documentary.
  • With her we learned... on the exploitation of elephants in Thailand.

Rural northern Thailand is home to the Gwi, an ancient tribe of elephant keepers known as "mahouts". This documentary explores the history, culture and evolution of the Gwi mahouts. and its legendary relationship with elephants.

Do you want to make a solidarity trip to Thailand? Learn how to care for elephants in a sanctuary where they are cared for and protected.

Cholitas in Bolivia.
Cholitas in Bolivia.

2 Bolivia: Also the rain

  • Gender: social drama.
  • With her we learned... on the problem of privatisation and the sale of water in Bolivia.

Bolivia. The year 2000. Two Spanish filmmakers travel to Cochabamba to shoot a film about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. They choose Bolivia because it is one of the cheapest countries with the largest indigenous population in Latin America. What they don't expect is to encounter the great social unrest caused by the privatisation and sale of water to a multinational company. So much so that the infamous Bolivian Water War broke out.

Do you want to make a solidarity trip to Bolivia? Do activities with people with disabilities or cares for rescued wild animals.

A Cambodian girl smiles in a market.
A Cambodian girl smiles in a market.

3 Cambodia: First they killed my father

  • Gender: biography and suspense.
  • With her we learned... Cambodia's history from 1975 to the early 1980s.

Adaptation of the memoirs of Loung Ung, a Cambodian human rights activist who fled Cambodia in 1975 after the Civil War that brought the communists to power. It is a biographical, historical thriller directed by Angelina Jolie. The film shows 7-year-old Ung forced to be trained as a child soldier while her brothers are sent to forced labour camps during the Khmer Rouge regime. What was the Cambodian Civil War like? Who is Pol Pot? These are some of the questions that the film answers.

Do you want to make a solidarity trip to Cambodia? Da english classes to young people with few resources.

Child at the Holi festival in India. They celebrate spring.
Child at the Holi festival in India. They celebrate spring.

4 India: Mangal Pandey: The Rising

  • Gender: drama and historical biography.
  • With her we learned... on colonisation and the struggle for independence in India.

It is a Bollywood film that, in addition to its well-known dances and songs, narrates the life of Mangal Pandey. He is a famous soldier who led the historic Indian rebellion of 1857 against British oppression, known as the "the First War of Indian Independence".How did the Indian people live under British rule, and what made the soldiers rebel and fight for independence? You will find out in this film, as well as learn about some of India's festivals such as Holi.

Do you want to make a solidarity trip to India? Go to activities with children while their mothers sew for a fair trade shop.

Two women travellers in solidarity in Machu Picchu, near Cusco.
Two women travellers in solidarity in Machu Picchu, near Cusco.

5 Latin America: Motorcycle Diaries

  • Gender: historical biography
  • With her we learned... on inequality and discrimination in some Latin American countries and on the consequences of Spanish colonisation.

A biographical film based on the travel diaries of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado, directed by Walter Salles and starring Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna. The film tells the story of Che and Granado's journey through South America in 1952. During the trip, Guevara discover the stories of impoverished indigenous peasant farmers. Through the characters they meet along the way, they learn about the injustices that the poor face and experience different situations, from the most joyful to the saddest.

Do you want to make a solidarity trip to Peru? Go to artistic activities and school support with underprivileged children in Cusco.

A Tibetan monk looks out over the Himalayas.
A Tibetan monk looks out over the Himalayas.

6 Tibet: 7 Years in Tibet

  • Gender: drama and historical biography.
  • With her we learned... some insights into the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950.
It is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer about his experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951. The historical context is World War II and the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Barrer travels to India to climb one of the highest mountains in the Himalayas but, due to historical events, is captured in a concentration camp. He manages to escape and takes refuge in Tibet, at a time when foreigners had never before been admitted.. Gradually, he immerses himself in their culture and ends up forging a friendship with the Dalia Lama.

Do you want to go on a solidarity trip with Tibetan refugees? Da English classes for Tibetan refugees in India.

A Maasai woman shows her bracelets in Ngong Hils, Kenya.
A Maasai woman shows her bracelets in Ngong Hils, Kenya.

7 Kenya: Memories of Africa

  • Gender: biography, romantic drama.
  • With her we learned... how the Kenyan population lived during British colonisation.

This is a 1985 American film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. It is based on the autobiographical book by Karen Blixen. It won seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Dinesen lives in Kenya during the time when it was a British colony.How did the Kenyan population live during colonisation? What rights did they have? What are the Maasai like? We learn this throughout the film.

Do you want to make a solidarity trip to Kenya? Go to play activities and games with girls rescued from terrible situations such as early marriages or mutilation.

Can you think of more films to learn about countries you will be travelling to in the near future? We look forward to hearing about them!

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