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Stories about Film

1 March 2016

Filmmakers Lubezki and Iñárritu Once Again Bring Mexican Flavor to the Academy Awards

"Cuaron, Lubezki & Iñarritu are not flukes but proof of creative vitality in Mexican culture, ethics hard work & opportunity from globalization"

23 February 2016

China Won't Broadcast the Hong Kong Film Awards Because of Dystopian Nominee ‘Ten Years’

"What is so fearful about this film? The film has portrayed different thoughts and perspectives; this can be a starting point for communication and understanding."

22 February 2016

An Aboriginal Comedy Show in Australia Finds a Mainstream Audience

The TV show "Black Comedy" is a breakout hit in Australia. Co-writer Nakkiah Lui says the secret to its success is that it invites white Australians in for a laugh.

20 February 2016

Online Documentary Preserves Oral History Surrounding 1950s Yugoslav Anti-Veil Law

The law was adopted "... to achieve the goal of removing the century-old sign of subjugation and backwardness of of Muslim women..."

12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

RuNet Echo

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

5 February 2016

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

24 January 2016

Social Media Slams India's Judgmental Journalist

"I wasn’t abused, I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t molested, I wasn’t raped.” Actor Sunny Leone has moved beyond her porn star past -- why can't the journalist who interviewed her?

19 January 2016

Expand Your Movie-Watching Horizons With These 16 Films From Around the World

The Bridge

Follow the exploits of a transgender dad, a rotten tomato, Iranian rockers, a janitor-turned-mayor and others in this list of films that take you to the world beyond Hollywood.

2 January 2016

‘The Dress’ Is Back, But This Time It's A Debate About Censorship on Russian TV

RuNet Echo

The new viral meme in question is the 1969 Soviet comedy classic The Diamond Arm. Did Russian TV delete a halo to spare Christians' hurt feelings?

29 December 2015

Who Would Have Thought ‘Everest’ Was in Kazakhstan?

'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'

17 December 2015

Do You Know the Story of Brazil's First Black Female Legislator?

More than 80 years ago, Antonieta de Barros became the first black woman elected in Brazil. But she's hardly a household name. One filmmaker has tried to change that.

11 December 2015

Bangladesh's Censor Board Blocks the Country's First Chakma-Language Film

There are a number of indigenous groups with unique cultures in Bangladesh. However, their lives and languages are rarely highlighted in Bangladeshi films or national broadcasts.

8 December 2015

Russian Film Festival Gets Official Warning After Promoting Anti-Corruption Documentary

RuNet Echo

The warning comes after Artdocfest announced that it is including in a special online competition a film about the corrupt business dealings of figures close to Attorney General Yuri Chaika.

4 December 2015

Why Doesn't It Rain in Guinea-Bissau Like It Used To?

While world leaders discuss climate change in Paris, the decrease in rainfall and sea level rise are threatening the soil fertility and the subsistence of the people of Guinea-Bissau.

15 November 2015

Think You're Cool? Then These Stop-Motion Ultraman Videos Are for You.

A YouTube user has created compelling stop-motion videos of the beloved Japanese superhero Ultraman.

3 November 2015

Meet the Flourishing Muslim Community in Buenaventura, Colombia

Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.

26 August 2015

Chinese Cultural Revolution Sci-Fi Wins Hugo Awards’ Best Novel Prize

"Even with all the dodgy science in Liu Cixin's sci-fi, his values and literary skill aside, his imagination still far surpasses that of other contemporary Chinese sci-fi writers."

15 August 2015

Amazing Japanese TV Commercial Racks Up Views

A popular commercial about an amazing game of baseball has gone viral in Japan.

7 July 2015

Film Explores Haiti's Only Free School for Children With Disabilities

"Only 1 in 50 Haitian children with disabilities attend school. This is a tremendous setback both for the children who stay home, and for parents..."

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