Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire retraces the improbable path an impoverished orphan takes to become a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2008, the film is full of economic themes.  A boy, Jamal, is locked in a latrine by his brother as a helicopter carrying a visiting movie star is about to land.  Jamal, who is carrying a picture of the star and desperately wants to have it autographed, must decide between missing out on the autograph or going through the hole in the floor of the latrine (and getting covered by waste).  This scene is a great illustration of choices/tradeoffs.  A second scene shows Jamal, his brother Salim, and their friend Latika living in a garbage dump.  It is a vivid illustration of poverty in less developed countries.

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