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Stories about Film

13 October 2017

‘They Tried to Give Us One Day Back’ — Trinidad & Tobago Marks a ‘One-Off’ First Peoples Day

"How do you know you are indigenous? [...] It does not matter what we are called, we know who we are. It is you who do not recognise me."

‘Are We Still in the Stone Age?’ Cambodians Express Disappointment as Government Bans ‘Kingsman’ Movie Sequel

"This is ludicrous, I can't believe these so-called experts could not distinguish between fiction and reality."

19 September 2017

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

19 August 2017

Dear Tanzanian Cinephiles, Your Local Film Industry Needs Your Support

The Bridge

Tanzania is blessed with countless stories and young people who are craving to tell them. But they need their compatriots' support in order to succeed.

11 August 2017

Record-Breaking Action Movie ‘Wolf Warriors 2′ Takes Chinese Nationalism to a New Level

"This movie is horrible and unreasonable, a dream of idiotic patriotism."

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

6 June 2017

A New Festival in Madhya Pradesh Revives a Lost Indigenous Culture

Thousands of people have gathered in Verwada village in Barwani district to celebrate the newest festival in Madhya Pradesh – the festival of Rani Kajal Mata, an ancient, indigenous deity.

19 April 2017

A Video Game Offers a Rare Nuanced Glimpse Into the 1979 Iranian Revolution

The Bridge

A new Iranian-designed video game achieves the rare feat of providing an accessible and authentic narrative on Iran’s history without compromising on either content or creativity.

30 March 2017

What Role Did Brazilian Mainstream Media Play in the Murder of a Teenage Girl? This Filmmaker Wants to Know.

"Eloá’s story is the story of many Brazilians. Brazil is the fifth country in the world in terms of the number of women killed..."

13 March 2017

Macedonians Mourn Folk Singer Vanja Lazarova, Whose Plight Inspired Facebook Activism

Vanja Lazarova became part of digital activism history in Macedonia after her tough circumstances late in life inspired the innovative use of Facebook as a tool to petition the government.

5 March 2017

India Bans Two Movies For ‘Being Too Lady-Oriented’ and ‘Glorifying Homosexuality’

"According to the Cinematography Act, a film can only be banned if it compromises on national security. What security is a romantic film on a gay couple compromising?"

22 February 2017

These Female Skateboarders Are Blazing a Trail in India

"I wanted to make it visible that there were girls skateboarding in India, even though the numbers could be counted on one hand at the time."

4 February 2017

These Classic Cartoons That Took on Dictatorships Are So Relevant Today

"They're building a wall around the village to keep the other Smurfs in. And to keep us out!"

24 January 2017

The First Non-US Animated Short to Win an Oscar Was Made by a Director From Croatia

With Academy Award nominations around the corner, learn about the director from Croatia who won the Oscar in 1961 for Best Animated Short Film.

19 January 2017

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

17 January 2017

Princess Leia's Hairdo Didn't Come From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Weeks after the tragic death of beloved actress Carrie Fisher, the Internet is digging up the Mexican origins of Princess Leia's iconic hairdo.

12 December 2016

These Short Films by Young Cambodian Men Aim to Stop Sexual Harassment

Rising Voices

Why stop sexual harassment? Young amateur filmmakers from Cambodia explored this question to encourage the public -- especially men -- to understand the impact of sexual harassment.

29 November 2016

A Bollywood Actress Inspires Hilarious Book Misinterpretations With Her ‘Animal Farm’ Gaffe

"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews"

28 November 2016

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

27 November 2016

In the Hands of the Azerbaijan Government, Beloved Novel Becomes Nation-Branding Infomercial

"Leyla Aliyeva, daughter of President Ilham Aliyev, was the executive producer of the film, which cost a reported $20 million to make."

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