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15 of the best international movies on Netflix


Netflix's offering extends far beyond the big budget blockbusters of Hollywood. They might not be the first movies that pop up on your trending section, but the streaming giant has an excellent range of international movies from across the world -- and we've rounded up the best of them below (in this case we're defining "international" as anything that wasn't made in the U.S.). From the gritty coming-of-age realism of French film Divines to the animated family fun of the Spanish movie Klaus, here we go... A hazy mystery that flicks between dream and nightmare, Atlantics tells the story of a group of young men who leave Senegal by boat after their construction boss refuses to pay them. Writer-director Mati Diop seamlessly weaves genres in this debut, with romance and detective story gradually making way for something altogether more eerie.

Why Pakistan's Bollywood ban may backfire

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When India conducted an air strike in Pakistani territory, Pakistan didn't just retaliate with force: it also banned Indian film and television. It's an easy punishment, but may just hit the wrong target, as the BBC's Ilyas Khan and Shumaila Jaffrey report. India and Pakistan have long been at loggerheads since 1947, but their shared love of Bollywood has somehow survived through Partition and beyond. Despite this, Bollywood has all too often found itself the easy target of governments hoping to make a point - most recently following the deadly attack by militants on Indian soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, which ended with India launching air strikes against what it said was a militant camp in Pakistan, and Pakistan downing an Indian fighter jet. Pakistan's Association of Film Exhibitors said that they were banning the release of Bollywood films and in March, Pakistan's top court went a step further and ruled that no Indian content could be broadcast on local television either.

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84

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Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has passed away at the age of 84, his family said. Mukherjee died of multiple organ failure on Monday after being admitted to hospital weeks ago, having also contracted coronavirus. A senior leader of India's Congress party who served in multiple cabinets during five decades, Mukherjee had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain on August 10 at New Delhi's Army Hospital Research and Referral after suffering a fall. The hospital said he tested positive for COVID-19 after the surgery and his condition was critical. He remained in a coma after the surgery.

'Lust Stories' is honest and messy, and Indian cinema needs more of it


As Indian cinema's worldwide audience grows, most people are acquainted exclusively with Bollywood – Hindi-language romantic dramas full of dazzling song-and-dance numbers that may or may not be related to plot. But Indian cinema has always been more than that, just as Italian film extends beyond neorealism or and the French New Wave is just one piece of a rich history. Cinephiles may know Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy, which offers a glimpse of the type of gritty auteurship that doesn't pay the Bollywood bills, but speaks to some truly fine artistry. Indian short films remain a source of this ingenuity and excellence, and Netflix's Lust Stories is a fresh new installment. Like Bombay Talkies before it, Lust Stories is an anthology of short films from known Indian directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar.

Deccanwood: An Indian film industry taking on Bollywood

Al Jazeera

Many of India's regional language filmmakers fear being swallowed up by the dominant Hindi language film industry, Bollywood. They have, therefore, created their own fan bases and industries. There are Kollywood, the Tamil language film industry, Tollywood, the Telegu film industry, and many other woods. But one film industry is boldly reaching out to the same market as Bollywood - and it isn't doing too badly. The Hyderabad Deccan Urdu film industry, also known as Deccanwood, had its first cinema film release in 2005.