Classic Third Cinema Films

Below is a list of classic films of Third Cinema. These films are widely viewed as the “greatest hits” of Third Cinema, for their commitment to the principles of Third Cinema and their innovative forms. Please note that many other films have engaged Third Cinema's ideological project, challenged social inequality, and confronted dominant political ideologies. Please let me know of any major omissions!

Unfortunately, many of these films are out-of-print and are difficult to obtain for personal viewing. However, public and university libraries are likely to have these films available for viewing and it is well worth the effort to find them. You may also be able to find them on Netflix or at a local independent video store which specializes in foreign film.


Afrique, Je Te Plumerai (Africa, I Will Fleece You) • Jean-Marie Téno • Cameroon • [purchase] • [watch clip]
Alexandria Why? (Iskandariya Leh?) • Youssef Chahine • Egypt • [purchase]
The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) • Gillo Pontecorvo • Algeria • [purchase] • [watch trailer]
Le Damier (The Draughtsmen Clash) • Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda • France/Gabon
La Noire de... (Black Girl) • Ousmane Sembene • Senegal • [watch clip]
Moolaadé • Ousmane Sembene • Senegal/Burkina Faso • [purchase] • [watch clip (with Spanish subtitles)]
Xala • Ousmane Sembene • Senegal • [purchase]


Cyclo (Xich lo) • Tran Anh Hung • Vietnam • [purchase] • [watch trailer]
In Search of Famine (Aakaler Sandhane) • Mrinal Sen • India
Pather Panchali • Satyajit Ray • India • [watch clip]
Salaam Bombay! • Mira Nair • India • [purchase] • [watch clip (in Hindi)]
Wedding in Galilee (Urs al-jalil) • Michel Khleifi • Palestine • [purchase]
Yellow Earth (Huang tu di) • Chen Kaige • China

Latin America

La Batalla de Chile (Battle of Chile) • Patricio Guzman • Chile
Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) • Glauber Rocha • Brazil • [watch clip (in Portuguese)]
Cabra Marcado para Morrer (Twenty Years After) • Eduardo Coutinho • Brazil
El Chacal de Nahueltoro (The Jackal of Nahueltoro) • Miguel Litten • Chile [purchase] • watch clip (in Spanish)]
De Cierta Manera (One Way or Another) • Sara Gómez • Cuba
La Hora de los Hornos (Hour of the Furnaces) • Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino • Argentina • [watch clip]
Lucía • Humberto Solas • Cuba • [watch clip (in Spanish)]
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment) • Tomás Gutiérrez Alea • Cuba • [watch clip (in Spanish)]
Documentary/Newsreel Films of Santiago Álvarez • Cuba • [watch Now!]
Sugar Cane Alley (Rue cases nègres) • Euzhan Palcy • Martinique • [purchase]
Terra em Transe (Land in Anguish) • Glauber Rocha • Brazil • [watch clip (in Portuguese)]
La Última Cena (The Last Supper) • Tomás Gutiérrez Alea • Cuba
Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) • Nelson Pereira dos Santos • Brazil • [purchase]
Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor) • Jorge Sanjinés • Bolivia