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Conquering The World Challenge; May 2012
Topic Started: Apr 28 2012, 12:57:41 PM (4,337 Views)
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Conquering The World Challenge
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Goal:
Watch a film from as many different countries as you can. One film per country counts; there are some questionable titles so if you aren't sure whether a film counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry
- An entire mini-series counts as one entry.
- Rewatches not allowed.

Challenge runs from 1 May 2012 - 31 May 2012.

I used a Wikipedia list of all countries and searched for films from all countries on KG, those with no or few films, I made notes on so this list might come in handy:
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Participants:
1. PeacefulAnarchy - 46
2. Mochard - 33
3. tommy_leazaq - 29
4. mightysparks - 28
5. lampadatriste - 17
6. sushantv10 - 12
7. George Bailey - 11
8. clemmetarey - 10
frbrown - 10
9. nimimerkillinen - 7
10. ignatzkat - 6
11. Dolwphin - 5
12. VincentPrice - 4

allisoncm -
Edited by mightysparks, Jun 2 2012, 03:57:46 PM.
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Yay :) I'm in! Looking forward to exploring the different types of films from all over the world :thumbsup:

Ill have a think about how I am going to work out what to watch and Ill stick it in a spoiler in this post until May comes and I start watching films.

One way of finding films is by doing a search on iCM by searching on the country and seeing if any lists for that country comes up - you may be surprised at what lists are floating about for random countries for example, searching for Lithuania brings up this list Lithuanian Movies and there is even a Lithuanian film on an official list - albeit the documentary list :unsure:

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Edited by Mochard, Apr 28 2012, 06:56:46 PM.
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I'm in! Won't have much time, though.
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mightysparks
Apr 28 2012, 12:57:41 PM
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Have never even heard of these, but if they count shouldn't Gibraltar be on the list as well then ? (not that I expect Gibraltar to have much of a movie industry :P )
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Wikipedia has a good article with links to individual areas on World Cinema:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_cinema

The following links to lists of African films broken down by each country for example there are quite a few for Benin for example, whether you can find any is another thing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_films

Asian Films:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Asian_films

Latin American Films:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_American_films

Oceanic Films:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanian_cinema
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Imdb has some guides linked from my links above, for example- Films with country of origin Fiji:

http://www.imdb.com/country/fj
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I don't really know anything at all about geography or anything to do with it, but I got the list from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states_and_dependent_territories_by_continent

I only used the ones in bold in my list, but if other people want to include the other countries or whatever, it's fine. I don't know how it all works, so the bold ones seemed to be the easiest way to go :P
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I'm in! :woot: I only wish this challenge would be half as busy as the sci-fi one, and maybe it could also inject some life into the European one (this is also directed to myself). :thumbsup:
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I'm in. But can you count the films that you watched from Europe in to this challenge?
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George Bailey
Apr 28 2012, 03:26:53 PM
I'm in. But can you count the films that you watched from Europe in to this challenge?
No, this is for films watched only in May. But there will be an ongoing version of this after the month has ended so you can track your quest to conquer the world, and all the films watched for Europe + the challenge in May will count for that.
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mightysparks
Apr 28 2012, 03:36:08 PM
George Bailey
Apr 28 2012, 03:26:53 PM
I'm in. But can you count the films that you watched from Europe in to this challenge?
No, this is for films watched only in May. But there will be an ongoing version of this after the month has ended so you can track your quest to conquer the world, and all the films watched for Europe + the challenge in May will count for that.
I guess if you wanted to you could watch some of the European ones you haven't seen yet and list them here and then add everything watched here with everything watched in the European challenge in the ongoing one in June. That way you can also watch a few from other continents and list them here as well :)
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Yeah, of course you can watch some of the European ones you haven't seen, it's just that they have to be ones watched in May for it to count for this challenge.
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I'm in
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I'm in too, but I don't think I'll have enough time to focus on it.

Also, I wanted to know if animated films count ?
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I AM IN

Will be watching randomly from here and there in MAY , got some personal ICM goals to look to. So will be running into different foreign films also i suppose.
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Apr 29 2012, 03:05:01 PM
I'm in too, but I don't think I'll have enough time to focus on it.

Also, I wanted to know if animated films count ?
I don't see why they wouldn't be included as long as its classed as a feature film and not a 10 minute cartoon. I'll be watching some documentaries, as sometimes they are the only films I could find available but if you can find animations then cool :)

edit: I'm assuming that as 90 mins worth of shorts are included then they would have to be from the same country to count as one entry so if thats the case then you could indeed watch 90 minutes worth of cartoons for one entry. Or 1 full length feature animation :)
Edited by Mochard, Apr 29 2012, 09:30:00 PM.
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Incase someone has missed this.

Karagargas Forum -> The Collections -> The World Map Of Karagarga
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Apr 30 2012, 06:51:09 AM
Incase someone has missed this.

Karagargas Forum -> The Collections -> The World Map Of Karagarga
Damn, I wish I'd seen this before. Would've saved me so much time :(
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Mochard
Apr 29 2012, 09:27:14 PM
clemmetarey
Apr 29 2012, 03:05:01 PM
I'm in too, but I don't think I'll have enough time to focus on it.

Also, I wanted to know if animated films count ?
I don't see why they wouldn't be included as long as its classed as a feature film and not a 10 minute cartoon. I'll be watching some documentaries, as sometimes they are the only films I could find available but if you can find animations then cool :)

edit: I'm assuming that as 90 mins worth of shorts are included then they would have to be from the same country to count as one entry so if thats the case then you could indeed watch 90 minutes worth of cartoons for one entry. Or 1 full length feature animation :)
Thanks ! Just wanted to be sure.
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I'm in.

However, i will be watching mostly animated features for the next couple of weeks - any recommendations that I could watch for this challenge?
Didn't we have a thread about non-American, non-Japanese animation?
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frbrown
Apr 30 2012, 04:31:45 PM
I'm in.

However, i will be watching mostly animated features for the next couple of weeks - any recommendations that I could watch for this challenge?
Didn't we have a thread about non-American, non-Japanese animation?
Germany: Felidae (1994)
France: Le chat du rabbin aka The Rabbi's Cat (2011), Renaissance (2006)
Russia: Snegurochka, The Old Man and the Sea
Poland: Zbrodnia i kara aka Crime and Punishment (Dumala, 2000)
Czech Republic: Fimfárum Jana Wericha (2002)
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Apr 30 2012, 04:31:45 PM
I'm in.

However, i will be watching mostly animated features for the next couple of weeks - any recommendations that I could watch for this challenge?
Didn't we have a thread about non-American, non-Japanese animation?
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083931/
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This is my watchlist if anyone is interested: Conquer the World Watchlist

You have to be my iCM friend to see it, so just add me if your not a friend already and you want to see it :)
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Thanks, monty and nimimerkillinen.

BTW, I found that animation thread:
http://s15.zetaboards.com/iCheckMovies/topic/7134818/1/
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1. Fort Massacre-1958: 7/10 (USA USA USA!!!)

Figured I'd get the easiest country out of the way with the genre we created and perfected (Sorry, Italy, our Westerns are still the best).

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1. Monsieur Verdoux (1947) 7/10 USA

Currently putting together a list of stuff to watch, but starting off with the easiest country.

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1. France: La haine (1995)
Thought I should start this challenge with my own country, but this film was a big disapointment for me.

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2. Kradetzat na praskovi (1964) 6/10 Bulgaria

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2. Robinson Crusoe-1954: 6/10 (YOU BOYS LIKE MEXICO?!)

Not bad, find it weird that Bunuel directed a straight-up Adventure flick though.

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Feel like rewatching Super Troopers now :(
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May 1 2012, 04:23:08 PM
Feel like rewatching Super Troopers now :(
You should, everyone should watch it as much as possible.
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1. I Don't Want To Sleep Alone - Malaysia 5.3/10
I love Ming-Liang but this is one of his weaker films, still quite good. Especially liked showing the milieu with at times 'progressive' static shots.

2. Time Out - France 5.5
Chill film
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1. Devil's Doorway (1950) USA
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2. China: Xiao cheng zhi chun (1948)
This film is the proof you don't need a lot to make a good movie !

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I started today with a bunch of shorts. I'm attending an independent film festival with films from all over the world and a big focus on shorts. Let's see where this takes me in the next weeks.
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OK let's see what I can do. I'm not going to go in any order.

1. India:
3 Idiots - 7/10
This was not bad at all. Only a couple of songs, which were entertaining, and a pretty engaging overarching plot with punchy scenes and good cinematography. It's long and full of cliches and some of the humour is a bit juvenile, but it was entertaining and well meaning.

2. Chile:
Cien niños esperando un tren 10/10
A wonderful documentary about film and poverty. A church organizes weekly screenings and film workshops for underprivileged Chilean kids and it's quite touching to see both their love of movies grow and the contrasts to their daily lives. The small political undertones are pretty intriguing as well.
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OK raring to go and explore the world via film :)

1. Czech Repuplic - Neco z Alenky (1988) - 6.5/10

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2. France - Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (2000) - 6/10

For some reason I had this down for Austria but I'm not sure why, there is no real mention of Austria anywhere and it appears to be French so I've put it down for France. My French entry was going to be Le Corbeau (1943) but it can be this one instead :)

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2. ITALY Django il Bastardo (1969)
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