Welcome to the Travel the World Challenge. Formerly known as Conquer the World, it has been renamed because we've had our fill of imperialism as a species, haven't we?
Watch one movie/short/episode/miniseries from as many different countries/territories as possible.
Nationality -- PLEASE READ THIS SECTION
I want to spend as little time as possible this month writing about matters of territoriality, sovereignty, and federalism. While these issues are very important, I think this challenge is not the ideal place to go back and forth regarding our thoughts on the autonomy of Western Sahara or whether any particular co-production is more French or more British. As such, please use the following rules:
- We will be using imdb as the sole source for determining nationality. This is not a perfect method, but it is relatively simple, and imdb is a fairly comprehensive resource. If you see something that does not have an imdb page, then you choose which country it should count for, but please be reasonable in your determination.
- To determine a movie's nationality, look at its imdb page. You will find a country listing under the section titled "Details." If more than one country is listed there, then you can choose ONE of those countries. For example, the 2000 biopic Lumumba has four countries listed: France, Belgium, Germany, and Haiti. If I saw Lumumba for this challenge, I could post it for any of those four countries. Once you indicate which country a movie counts for, you can't go back and change it later. Again, it's not a perfect method, but it gets the job done.
- Here is a list with every imdb country code. The countries/territories in this list are the only eligible ones for this challenge. As such, the maximum score in this challenge is 246.
- For movies that are listed on imdb as being made in a country that no longer exists, please list the current-day country that is analogous. This should be pretty easy to figure out if you see a West German movie -- obviously, you list it as a German movie. It's a little harder if you see a Soviet or Yugoslav movie. If you do so, please list whichever current-day country you feel it properly belongs to. So, if you see a Soviet movie, you could list it as a Russian or Ukrainian or Uzbek movie. Please be reasonable in these cases. Don't list a movie like Nevestka as a Latvian movie when it's clearly a Turkmen movie.
- Challenge runs 1 December 2019 - 31 December 2019.
- A feature film (at least 40 minutes) counts as one point.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films that are less than 40 minutes counts as one point.
- A mini-series episode that is at least 40 minutes counts as one point. If less than 40 minutes, then the short films rule applies.
- A total of 60 minutes of TV episodes counts as one point.
Stats & Formatting
- Title (Country/Territory, Year) is the preferred format. Submissions that do not mention the country/territory will not be counted.
- New posts are preferred over edited posts.
- Since this is a community project, participants are encouraged to post their reactions, thoughts, and ratings. The challenge is more fun and interesting when discussion is ample and it's possible to pick up recommendations.
Well, every movie, short film, TV show, and miniseries ever made is eligible for this challenge. So, feel free to look at any list. But if you want a purposefully global list, I suppose the following could help:
The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage
There's also this submission from Max
Doubles and Triples
Every documentary ever made is a potential double. There is only one triple possible--the Italian documentary of your choice.
Bonus Challenge: Travel the Continents
In addition to tracking the overall leader, I will also be tracking the leader for each continent except Antarctica. Not everyone agrees on the boundaries of continents, so please take note of the following: Central American and Caribbean countries will be counted as part of North America, and the former Soviet republics of the Caucasus will be counted as part of Asia. Transcontinental countries will be counted for only one continent: Russia will be counted as part of Europe, Turkey as part of Asia, and Egypt as part of Africa.
|Rank||Participant||Number of Points||Continental Leader?|
|1||jeroeno||39||Europe (14), Asia (8), North America (6), South America (5)|
|21||Daviddoes||6||South America (5)|