Poll Suggestion: Low Budget True Life Film Dramas About Serious Human Matters

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Everybody knows about the big empathic blockbusters like 'Schindlers List' or 'A Beautiful Mind'. But what about the little movies which are also humanitarian in some way?

When you look below, what would be the movie you would pick as an important movie of human matters? If there is more than one movie, pick the one that moved you the most.

(Just non-mainstream-movies with a rating of 7/10 or higher with a story based on real events. Budget below 20 million US$.)

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026389439/
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Race, Philomena, Papillion
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For ‘Land of Mine’, you seem to have used the Danish word ‘dansk’ instead of English.

Also, “guarding” is probably better than “treating”.

The story of a prison officer in a Danish war camp, guarding a group of young POWs
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Thank you, I'll correct it. :)
Yes, it's really better now ! :)
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(Is Angela's Ashes not low-budget?)
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I first suggested Angela’s Ashes, but then saw that its page indicated a budget of $50 million. Wikipedia says $25 million, but that is still a lot.

I changed it to Bloody Sunday, which says £2 million.
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Thank you, Peter.
It's nice you're interested in. I have put your suggestions on the list. I like the subject of this poll suggestion. Social matters are so important in this world. I hope the text is ok. Tell me, if I should change it ... to ...
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Do they all have to start with "The story of"? It's very repetitive.

I second Rabbit Proof Fence - frickin' heartbreaking.

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#4 - German should be capped
#5 - wording should be revised - no need to say circumcision twice. I thinking maybe something like 'The story of an African refugee who grew up to become a world-famous model, and used her fame to fight the scourge of female circumcision.'
#7 - suggest 'The story of a team of Tibetan volunteers, working to protect rare mountain antelopes from poachers.'
#8 - suggest 'The story of two teenage girls being abused and held captive by a mentally ill woman.'
#9 - suggest 'They story of a German woman who, after her husband and son are killed by neo-Nazis, tries to fight for justice.'
#11 - Christy Brown is as well know for his poetry as he is for his art. I suggest adding it - 'The story of a disabled writer and painter...'
#12 - Danish should be capitalized
#13 - suggest 'The story of a transgender man simply trying to live his life in a hostile environment."
#15 - suggest 'The story of a young, black father, tragically murdered because of racism.'
#16 - suggest 'The story of an old man riding a lawnmower nearly 300 miles to make up with his ailing brother.'
#18 - suggest 'The story of a quadriplegic who writes a book through communication using just his eyelid.'
#23 - suggest 'The story of an Irishman in England, wrongly imprisoned with his ailing father for decades for crimes they didn't commit.'
#25 - suggest 'The story of three half-caste Aboriginal girls who, using the fence which separates most of Western Australia from the rest of the country, walked 1,500 miles to return to their home, from which they had been abducted.'
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FYC:
Hotel Rwanda - $17.5M - 8.1 stars - The story of a hotel manager who struggled to protect innocent civilians from both sides of revolutionary war.
Rescue Dawn - $10M - 7.3 stars - The story of a military pilot who crashes and is held and tortured in a prison camp before trying to escape.
Into the Wild - $15M - 8.1 stars - After abandoning all worldly possessions and ending his relationship with his family, a young recent college graduate travels the US, ending up alone in the desolate Alaskan wilderness.
Intouchables - $13M - 8.5 stars - Two lost souls find each other when an African immigrant applies for a job as an assistant to a quadriplegic aristocrat.

12 Years a Slave
- $20M - 8.1 stars
Unted 93 - $15M - 7.6 stars
Dog Day Afternoon - $1.8M - 8.0 stars
Silkwood - $10M - 7.2 stars
Mississippi Burning - $15M - 7.8 stars
The Killing Fields - $14.4M - 7.9 stars
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Um... I would rather not consider $10-20M budgets low on any level. While standards for large Hollywood productions are pushing budgets forward to more then $100M and beyond $10-20M is still a very large and strong studio budget category. I think that we should concentrate more on really low budget, like $1-5M (those under $1M are usaually called "no budget", although $500,000 is still a sum you can make a stuido-grade movie with).
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Thank you for teaching me, Nikolay. With all this $xxx,xxx,xxx.xx movies, it's easy to consider $20 Mio. as low budget. ;)
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I'm not teaching, merely informing on some conventions I've noted through years about the subject. :) Budgets are a relative thing and while there are certain categories and general rules, each and single filmmaking project is a separate case in that regard. Still, $10-20M budget movies I'd say are strong enough and are likely to have a theatrical distribution, while once we venture into category of $1-5M things became far from being sure.

And, of course, if we venture into a category of $0M budget movie we will likely hear some interesting stories about low budget techniques and problems, which are usually quite inspiring. :) 
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One twentieth the budget of a highest-budget movie of a given year is the "low-budget" standard for that same year then? :P
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I was always open about not belonging to filmbiz, so thank you for giving me another view.
I changed the title to 'Less Expensive ...'
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Hallo, Jen.

This really is a great help, you provide.

I changed it and let the "The story of ..." thing away.
Hope it sounds better now. Ok, I will break the 25 Titles rule an do some of your
suggestions on the list. Except '12 Years a Slave'. The matter, why I've tied the rules
so hard is, because I want more little, but good movies a chance.
When I put '12 years a slave' n the list, I know what happens.
Most other movies below $20 Mio. will get no chance.The same with 'Intouchables'.
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One thought: the fact that large European countries dub foreign movies ensures that they reach larger audiences. It‘s often mentioned in American reviews that this or that movie „only plays in arthouse theaters because it is subtitled“. When something like Intouchables or The Schticks is shown in Germany, it‘s just a well-made comedy, not „exotic“ or too challenging for a mainstream audience.

Of course it‘s just a little advantage compared to the fact that dubbing necessarily misrepresents the actual movie.
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That's right for many movies. Best examples are the Mel Brooks movies. They are really better in original. But there are movies, which are better dubbed. Specially when they use many specialist terms.  Or scenes like gunnery seargent Hartman in 'Full Metal Jacket'. In the german dub he's the hell of a bad dog. In english he sounds much softer. Scully and Moulder sound more sexy in German. :)

When it comes to 'Intouchables' I think there can be wordplays and puns lost in translation. Maybe I put it on the list, later. '12 years a slave' I could put on it, too. But I don't want to, because I still think the other movies would get very less chances. '12 Years a Slave' was a 9 time nominee and 3 time winner. That's not the spirit of this poll suggestion. ;)
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That remake of Intouchables already came out last year - it played at three festivals and still doesn't have a date for a wider release. The Upside is pretty much dead.
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You can say "story of" in various ways, instead of the same every single time. Use your English thesaurus. It's better, though, if you don't start with something like that - it's useless information. We already know it's a story - that's what film is and does, most of the time.

In most of your fragments you just are missing a verb or are using the wrong one. For example, "A teacher teaching his students the worth of verbal dexterity for their fight against racism." Teaches fixes it - A teacher teaches his students...

Better would be to not use both teacher and teaches. For example, "A debate coach teaches his students the worth of verbal dexterity in the fight against racism."

If you are listing two more more things that were accomplished in a film, you could put one before the subject/verb. For example, "After abandoning all worldly possessions and ending his relationship with his family, a young recent college graduate travels the US, ending up alone in the desolate Alaskan wilderness."

If it were "A young recent college graduate abandons all his worldly possessions, ending his relationship with his family, travels the US and ends up alone in the desolate Alaskan wilderness" you're giving the exact same information, but the sentence is bulky and doesn't read as well.

You don't need to have "a story of..." etc. You can just say, "Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists."

See, you don't have "a story of" in there and it works just fine. Better, I would say.

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The Grammar Fairy
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Thank you, Jen. Nice givin' me new Thoughts about it. :)
The main problem is to keep the text as short as possible,
to not scare away the users from reading. Much content
in short words. ;)  That's doubling the effort. I made it nowlike I think it could be good. And I've put 'The Intouchables'on the list. By facing the facts, it's a fine pick for sure.
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It needs to be based on a true story?

If not, i recommended "Loveless" (2017).
It's very touching and shows the dark faces of as human. The Selfishness, Ignorance... 
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Yes, they have all to be real life stories. That's the half of the core of this poll suggestion. The other core is, that it has to be made with lesser than $20 millions. And of course it has to be a drama. These are the three main criteria for suggestions.
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Oh,so this doesn't fit. kkk
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Ku Klux Klan?
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The Elephant Man