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So Aliens May Know Us

by thelastronaut
Similar to the golden record on the Voyager, what five movies would I put on a spaceship so that aliens, upon watching, would understand life on Earth (assuming they decipher our languages)? Should all five be all non-fiction? All fiction? My list is always changing, so I would love to see your five for alien viewing! Reasons why I chose them: “Chungking Express” — the portrayal of falling in and out of love and the simultaneous joy and sadness within, the importance of the unsaid; “The New World” — violence of change in history, and that amidst war, love is possible; “Forbidden Games” — horror of war and its effect on children, innocence… Read more

Similar to the golden record on the Voyager, what five movies would I put on a spaceship so that aliens, upon watching, would understand life on Earth (assuming they decipher our languages)? Should all five be all non-fiction? All fiction? My list is always changing, so I would love to see your five for alien viewing! Reasons why I chose them: “Chungking Express” — the portrayal of falling in and out of love and the simultaneous joy and sadness within, the importance of the unsaid; “The New World” — violence of change in history, and that amidst war, love is possible; “Forbidden Games” — horror of war and its effect on children, innocence lost; “Koyannisqatsi” — consumerism outpacing contemplation, illustrating the beauty of life is in movement and stillness both; “Hoop Dreams” — longitudinal study of yearning and acceptance set against the backdrop of poverty, strife, and dreams.

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