New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990–Present, an online streaming video collection, delivers approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors.
All the films were shown at major festivals. Many were nominated and a large number have won major awards. Twilight Samurai (2002), directed by Yôji Yamada, The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), directed by Tran Anh Hung, and Dogtooth (2009), directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, were all Oscar®-nominated. The Cannes Grand Jury Prize went to The Piano Teacher (2001), directed by Michael Haneke. Collectively, the films in the collection have won more than 1,000 awards.
Films by many of the world’s leading contemporary directors, including Andrei Zvyagintsev, Koji Wakamatsu, Wong Kar-Wai, and Jean-Luc Godard, show students and scholars a wide range of cinematographic techniques.
Works from more than sixty countries, across all continents and tens of cultures, from Austria to Uruguay, are included. The narratives provide a window into a wide range of cultures and sociological issues around the world. Students can experience vividly life under Ceausescuin the 2006 film Cum Mi-Am Petrecut Sfarsitul Lumii (The Way I Spent the End of the World), or see the struggle of an immigrant Algerian woman to come to terms with Western values in Inch’Allah dimanche (Sunday God Willing, 2001). In El baño del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet, 2007), acclaimed director César Charlone presents themes of poverty and religion on the Brazilian border.