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An Inspiring Teacher, Exactly When He's Needed

The Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar, about a teacher who steps into a job no one else wants, was nominated for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. NPR's Bob Mondello says the Montreal middle school at the film's center is populated with intriguingly complicated characters. (Recommended)
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Watch This: 'Harold & Kumar' Directors' DVD Picks

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the creators of the Harold and Kumar franchise, recently directed American Reunion. In the latest installment of Morning Edition's "Watch This" series, Steve Inskeep talks with the filmmakers about their picks for home entertainment.
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Rasta & Reggae: Bob Marley's Legacy

He's a true global icon, despite having died more than forty years ago. We explore how Pan Africanism in Jamaica and the challenging history of the Rasta spiritual path influenced musical legend Bob Marley.

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Modern Day Piracy: Motivations & Tensions among Somali Pirates

It can be extraordinarily dangerous work, but the payoffs are big. And in a land where life is hard - filled with famine, poverty, and war -- is it so wrong to crave luxuries like cellphones and SUVs?

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'Chico & Rita': An Animated Film With A Cuban Beat

Director Fernando Trueba talks about his Oscar-nominated animated film Chico and Rita, which follows a pair of lovers who leave Havana's music scene in the 1940s to head to New York City.
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'Harold And Kumar' Creators Recommend DVDs

Filmmakers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg talk to Steve Inskeep for the latest in our occasional series "Watch This." The creators of the Harold and Kumar franchise have directed the reboot of the American Pie franchise and give their picks for home entertainment.
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'Indie Darling' Greta Gerwig, Making A Bigger Splash

The star of Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress has made a name for herself in supporting roles in independent films like Greenberg, and for a style that stands out for its naturalism. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the writer, director and actress about her movie career.

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