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Stories about Film

2 January 2020

Long live Večerníček: The enduring appeal of a 55-year-old Czech children's television show

The show's format has remained virtually unchanged and become a shared childhood reference for millions of then Czechoslovaks, and now for Czechs.

31 December 2019

A journey through Uzbek national identity on the Tashkent metro

In the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, the metro is much more than just a means of transportation — it's an open history textbook.

10 December 2019

A 1990s Macedonian film set in 2019 foreshadows a xenophobic future

Like other sci-fi before it, it imagined the present year as a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

8 November 2019

Was this Nigerian English language film too English for an Oscar nomination?

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film was disqualified by award organizers because it has too much dialogue in English.

6 November 2019

#iamrabipirzada campaign supports Pakistani actress Rabi Pirzada after nude photos leaked

The Rabi Pirzada incident shows how people are personally attacked for their freedom of expression in Pakistan.

28 October 2019

DreamWorks’ ‘Abominable’ film banned in Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines for showing China’s claim over disputed seas

"We have to engage with them, and they are sensible people...They are just being misled."

23 September 2019

Trinidad & Tobago government unimpressed with BBC report on Venezuelan refugees

A BBC report about Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago has not been well received by locals. Many feel the report did not portray an accurate representation of the situation.

2 September 2019

This heavyweight contender from Cameroon fights his way to the big screen in ‘Fast and Furious 9′

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter from Cameroon will feature in the “Fast and Furious 9” cast as the second African to appear in the...

30 August 2019

Tanzania's first and only classic car club pays homage to Remmy Ongala, old school musical legend

Oldschool Rides Tanzania, a club devoted to restoring and celebrating vintage cars in Tanzania and the region, organized a classic car show to honor Tanzanian music legend Remmy Ongala.

21 August 2019

Remembering the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Over a third of young Czechs are unable to make a link between the date of August 21, 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

18 August 2019

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

15 July 2019

A look at indigenous women in Mexican cinema

Indigenous Mexican women in film, like Yalitza Aparicio ("Roma", 2018), Carmen Martínez ("At' Anni'", 2019), and Ángeles Cruz ("Arcángel", 2018), are drawing the attention of audiences worldwide.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

10 April 2019

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

4 April 2019

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

Advox

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

7 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing's tax evasion scandal — and her disappearance

Advox

The news of Fan's tax evasion penalty and her apology made the actress a top target for censorship on social media.

25 February 2019

Is your favorite movie promoting toxic masculinity? Mango Meter can tell you

"We have every right to enjoy entertainment that does not demean us, and we certainly have a right to voice our views and opinions."

14 January 2019

Rare film footage with sound of Kyoto, Japan, from 1929

What makes this film notable is that it features actual sound footage of Japanese city life at that time. Usually, newsreels from that era are silent.

21 November 2018

Winning Taiwanese director calls for independence at the Chinese Oscars

"I really hope one day our country will be regarded as an independent entity. This is my biggest wish as a Taiwanese."

17 October 2018

Hong Kong Free Expression Week features Umbrella Movement activists and political cartoonist Badiucao

Advox

In recent years, Hong Kongers who support democratic rights and territorial independence have faced fierce repression.