The Motorcycle Diaries – A young Che Guevara (played by Gael Garcia Bernal on a motorcycle trip across South America, determined to circumnavigate the continent. Che and a buddy end up hiking, traversing snowy mountains, and even rafting. This is not a political movie, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. The movie illustrates how travel often awakens our social conscience. It is also a beautiful movie to watch on a big screen.
Whale Rider – set in on a New Zealand coast, a young Maori woman proves she can become a leader of her people. The scenes of the Maori trying to save their whales is heart breaking. It’s inspired my travel to NZ – and I’m going in April ’11. And yes, I’ve got to see those Lord of the Rings film scenes too!
The Gods Must Be Crazy A gentle, simplistic Bushman lives with his tribe in the Kalahari Desert. When a coke bottle is tossed out of an airplane it lands near the Bushman tribe. The Bushman’s journey to “the edge of the world” to return the bottle to the gods, from whom he assumes it came, leads to all kinds of misadventures.
Time Bandits – ha ha! Magical adventures of an 11-year-old boy who, along with a group of dwarves, travels through time and space, battling an evil force known as Evil. John Cleese and Sean Connery are the stars. True, it’s not about real places, but it’s a lot of fun!
The Darjeeling Limited – an ode to train travel in India with the most dysfunctional family ever. Love the cast, the little villages and people they meet along the way.
The Original Dr. Doolittle