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Stories about Film

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.

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."

4 November 2016

Iran’s Keywan Karimi: The Filmmaker as Graffiti Artist

The Bridge

Working under threat of imprisonment for practicing his craft, Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has turned the difficult conditions of artistic production into an aesthetic.

1 November 2016

International Film Festival Brings Some Good News to A Beleaguered Mexican State

Gael García Bernal, Audrey Tautou, and Willem Dafoe are among the celebrities who will attend the 2016 Morelia International Film Festival.

18 October 2016

Meet Eufrasia Vieira, the ‘Next Angelina Jolie’ From Timor-Leste

"Sometimes, I take those compliments as a joke. Angelina is so beautiful and she’s just wow. I’m just ordinary woman living a simple life."

5 October 2016

Hong Kong's Iconic Post-WWII State Theatre Faces Demolition

"Indisputably an architectural gem both locally and worldwide...it surely has the potential to develop into a tourism highlight and a cultural landmark that Hong Kong people can be proud of."

3 October 2016

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

Global Voices Advocacy

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

2 October 2016

The Women Who Resisted Uruguay’s Dictatorship Get a Film Honoring Their Heroism

Manane Rodriguez's “Migas de Pan” tells the story of a group of women tortured and sexually abused by Uruguay's dictatorship, set thirty years after the regime's fall.

30 September 2016

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

28 September 2016

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

The Bridge

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

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