Film

The Many Repetitions of Hong Kong History

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There are few words fit to describe Blue Island (憂鬱之島), apart from “masterpiece.” The film stands out as an example of its genre, while also managing to be highly powerful and personal.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 22, 2022
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A Miao Church Choir Thrust into the Spotlight

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A Review of "Singing in the Wilderness" written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!

From No Man Is an Island
On April 16, 2022
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Goodnight, Oscar Levant, Wherever You Are

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An appreciation for the unappreciated.

From Popula
On March 7, 2022
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Yes Look Up

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Smart people wouldn’t yell in circumstances like those. They’d lay down their lives to persuade.

From Popula
On December 27, 2021
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Some Films Find You

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Jafar Panahi made Taxi, his seventeenth film, in 2015, despite the fact that the director has been under a government-imposed 20-year ban from filmmaking for “spreading propaganda against the system.”

From Popula
On September 21, 2021
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Telling a Story About Two Generations in Hong Kong

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No Man is an Island interviewed Kelvin Chan Kin-long (陳健朗), the director of Hand Rolled Cigarette (手捲煙).

From No Man Is an Island
On September 7, 2021
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My Own Personal Jesus

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A Holy Day of Obligation meant we weren’t in the classroom for a couple of hours. Instead, we were in church—which can be entertaining, or at least interesting if it’s a cool church full of statues and art and stained glass and candles.

From Preachy
On September 13, 2021
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The Forgotten Ones

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A prominent feature of post-colonial Nigeria was a remarkable fondness for everything white. This included western education and white-collar jobs, leading to the demonization of certain informal professions. For some reason, artists were among the most reviled.

From Olongo Africa
On September 8, 2021
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‘So Soon After 9/11’

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Documentarians Steven Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder discuss their new film, The Outsider, about the construction of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial and why it feels so cut off from New York City and from the last 20 years.

From FAQ NYC
On August 25, 2021
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At the Elder’s Corner

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The glories of art and music in Nigeria before independence, in a new documentary

From Popula
On August 23, 2021
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Freedom to Make Art* (*restrictions apply)

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Afghanistan's troubled film history, examined in a new documentary

From Popula
On August 6, 2021
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‘Zola’ is the Only Movie

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Who you gonna be tonight

From Popula
On July 9, 2021
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Documentary ‘The Accidental President’ Intentionally Forgets Trump Presidency

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The Accidental President recycles the same tired messages that media pundits have been repeating since 2015.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 23, 2021
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