Best Films About Politics and Culture

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Under the Shadow (2016)

Under The Shadow is an unusual and fascinating horror film about post-Islamic revolution Tehran. It is set during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s in the home of a young mother, Shideh, who is suffering an emotional breakdown. After her husband is conscripted to serve on the frontline, she ignores his advice to leave Tehran, which is under daily assault from rockets, and instead confines herself to her high-rise apartment with her small daughter Dorsa. The two become increasingly isolated and the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur as paranoid Shideh becomes convinced they are being haunted by a malevolent spirit. Though it is ostensibly a horror film Under The Shadow also incisively observes the drastically changed circumstances of Iranian women during that period.

Unfortunately, this Netflix version is heavily dubbed; the orginal Farsi dialogue of the actors has been overlayed with ill-fitting American accents. If you can see past that then I highly recommend watching it.

Mitt (2014)

Released shortly after his historic loss to Barack Obama in the 2012 US Presidential election, the documentary Mitt accompanies Mitt Romney and his family on two presidential campaigns from 2008-2012.

Mitt is not so much about Romney the politician as it is about him as a father and husband. Political partisanship aside, Mitt is a heartwarming insight into the life of a devoted family man.

Watch Hank (2013) for an inside perspective into the former US Secretary of the Treasury’s controversial decision to bail out the cash-stricken banks in 2008.

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