Movie/Book List

  • Below is a list of movies and books that you can watch/read for extra credit and enrichment in AP Human Geography. I will be adding to the list over the course of the year - so please check back.

    To receive credit for this, you will need to write up a review of the film/book including the following:

    1. A basic overview of the content/thesis of the book/film

    2. The AP Human Geography concepts illustrated by the film and how they are illustrated

    3. You own view of the film - would you recommend it be kept on this list? Why or why not?




    Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond

    Collapse - Jared Diamond

    The World until Yesterday - Jared Diamond

    Hot, Flat and Crowded - Thomas Friedman

    The World is Flat - Thomas Friedman


    The Power of Place (multi-part series covering the entirety of the course)

     Radio - PRI The World

    Vice TV

    UNIT 1: Basic Principles of Geography 

                Globetreker (Various episodes)

                National Geographic: Earthquake

                The Shape of the World

                The Island of Lost Maps—Miles Harvey (famous stealer of maps)


    Unit 2: Population and Migration


                The Ra Expeditions (Thor Heyerdahl proves migration of Polynesians)

                PBS—The Vikings

                PBS—NOVA: World In the Balance

                PBS—Beyond the Border

                PBS—Wideangle: Dying to Leave

                PBS—POV: Borders



    The Good Lie

    The Visitor

    Unit 3: Culture


    Culture - General


                In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (Australia)

                I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson (America from a foreign view)

                The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson (English language)

                Ciao America by Beppe Severgnini (America from an Italian POV)

                *The Skull Mantra by Eliot Patterson (Tibet under Chinese control)

                36 Views of Mt. Fuji by Cathy N. Davidson (Japan from an American POV)

                A Year in Provence by Peter Mayles (An American lives in France)

                Under a Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (An American lives in Italy)

                *The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)

                Various books by the Dalai Lama


                National Geographic: Islam

                National Geographic: Living Treasures of Japan

                National Geographic: Australia’s Aborigines


                PBS—Islam Empire of Faith

                PBS—River of Song

                PBS—I Hear America Singing

                PBS—Wideangle: Time for School

                PBS—Wideangle: Young, Muslim and French

                PBS—Welcome to the Club

                PBS—NOVA: Secrets of Tibet

    -          Whale Rider (New Zealand – Maori)

    -          Rabbit Proof Fence (Australia – Aborigine)

    -          Oh Brother Where art thou (Southern US)

    -          Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Canada – Inuit)

    -          Witness (U.S.A – Amish)

    -          The Motorcycle Diaries (Latin America)

    -          The Tale of the Weeping Camel (Mongolia)

    -          Africa United (Southern Africa)

    The Visitor

    -The Good Lie

    Gender & Sexuality

    Half the Sky (Documentary – Gender – can watch either part 1 or 2 or both)


    The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

    Torch Song Trilogy


    Cry Freedom (South Africa)

    Hotel Rwanda

    Europa Europa (The Holocaust)

    In the Name of the Father (Northern Ireland

    Cal (Northern Ireland)

    Schindler’s List (The Holocaust)

    Somewhere in April (South Africa)

          PBS—American Family

                PBS-- Becoming American



                PBS—Matters of Race

                PBS-- Roots in the Sand

                PBS—Race: the Power of an Illusion

                PBS—Searching for Asian America


    Unit 4: Political Geography


    Recount (HBO)

    Primary Colors

    Iron Ladies of Liberia

      PBS—Wideangle: Ladies First

      PBS—Wideangle: Srebrenica: Cry from the Grave


    Unit 5: Agriculture


    “Changing the Way we Eat” – collection of talks about Sustainable Food Issues – each talk = an article

    Fast Food Nation

    In Organic We Trust


    King Corn

    Books: Fast Food Nation; The Omnivore’s Dilemma

    Unit 6: Industry & Development

    Roger & Me - Michael Moore


                PBS—Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

                PBS—Frontline: Walmart

                PBS—Store Wars

                PBS—Wideangle: China: To Have and Have Not

                Supersize Me

                Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz

                The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some are So Rich and Some So Poor

                            By David Landes

    Unit 7: Cities




    Battle of Algiers (Algiers); Lost in Translation (Tokyo); Slumdog Millionare (Bombay); Night on Earth (multiple cities); I love Paris (Paris) ; Amores Perros (Mexico City)– warning = includes really violent dog fighting; The Constant Gardener (Nairobi); Cyclo (Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City), Before Sunrise (Vienna); Before Sunset (Paris); Vertigo (San Francisco); Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Barcelona); The Third Man (Vienna) ; Manhattan (NYC)



    Unit 9: Resources and Pollution


            Years of Living Dangerously - Showtime series - any episodes    

    Audubon: Pollution

                Local Hero