Cate Blanchett's Favorite Films About Global Connectivity and Empathy

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Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett shares her recommendations for films that shine a light on global connectivity and empathy for those facing daily struggles to find a place they can call home. Watch Cate's video message and visit the UN Refugee Agency website for more information.

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1. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

7.2
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After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Franklin Chang-Diaz, Louis Malle, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero, Derek Walcott

Votes: 416

2. The Promise (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 7,166 | Gross: $0.45M

3. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 10,168

4. News from Home (1977)

85 min | Documentary

7.5
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Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 1,457

5. Documenteur (1981)

65 min | Drama

7.0
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A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sabine Mamou, Mathieu Demy, Lisa Blok-Linson, Tina Odom

Votes: 540

6. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

7.7
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84 Metascore

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

Votes: 15,034 | Gross: $32.86M

7. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.8
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86 Metascore

A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 21,189

8. Last Resort (2000)

TV-14 | 73 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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80 Metascore

When a young Russian woman and her son leave Moscow to meet her fiancé, who fails to show up, she declares political asylum.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Dina Korzun, Artyom Strelnikov, Paddy Considine, Ben Dover

Votes: 1,783 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 58,530 | Gross: $3.31M

10. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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84 Metascore

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Korpela, Dome Karukoski, Kati Outinen

Votes: 10,616 | Gross: $0.18M

11. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.4
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75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 56,820 | Gross: $1.66M

12. Human Flow (2017)

PG-13 | 140 min | Documentary

7.0
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77 Metascore

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

Director: Weiwei Ai | Stars: Israa Abboud, Hiba Abed, Rami Abu Sondos, Weiwei Ai

Votes: 2,363 | Gross: $0.53M

13. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 29,433 | Gross: $2.01M

14. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 635,043 | Gross: $10.06M

15. The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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55 Metascore

An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 399,762 | Gross: $77.87M

16. Babel (I) (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

7.4
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69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Votes: 286,637 | Gross: $34.30M

17. Well-Founded Fear (2000)

119 min | Documentary

7.5
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This documentary film takes us to an in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Foreigners that are already in the United States, ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

Votes: 61

18. First Cow (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

7.0
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89 Metascore

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith, Ryan Findley

Votes: 4,614

19. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.0
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 57,431

20. Dheepan (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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76 Metascore

Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers

Votes: 14,084 | Gross: $0.25M




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