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US film institute picks Penguins
March of the Penguins
The film follows a group of Emperor Penguins
The documentary film March of The Penguins has been branded a "moment of significance" by a US movie body.

The American Film Institute (AFI) chose six events and trends from 2005 from the US movie and TV industries.

French-made March of the Penguins was commended for "its universal message - the need to be part of a community that cares for each other".

The institute said it was among films which reacted to the changed world after the 11 September attacks.

Others included George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, and War of the Worlds.

The migration of TV shows to portable players such as video iPods, and mobile phones was also considered a defining moment of 2005, along with internet coverage of the Live 8 benefit concerts.

The declining popularity of US cinema-going was highlighted by the AFI, against competition from DVDs and video games.

The consolidation of Hollywood studios was also noted by the AFI, after a year which saw Dreamworks bought by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought by Sony.

TV reporting of Hurricane Katrina was also credited, for putting "a spotlight on the contradictions between what officials were reporting and the images were seeing in their living rooms".




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