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The Revolutionary - An American in Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An…
Lion
This Oscar-nominated family drama tells the story of Saroo, a young boy who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before…
Edward Said On Orientalism - "The Orient" Represented in Mass Media
Edward Said's book Orientalism has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging and lavishly illustrated interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes,…
Mardi Gras: Made in China - Globalization Gone Wild
Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival - where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity - to the disciplined…
6 Weeks to Mother's Day - A Remarkable School in the Jungles of Thailand
An intimate portrait of true Thai culture exploring one of its most progressive schools, Moo Baan Dek, known in English as the Children's Village School. Home to some of Thailand's most underprivileged children, the Children's Village School has become a…
Singapore 1942: End of Empire
A 70th anniversary television event, Singapore 1942: End of Empire tells the story of those early shocking days of the Pacific War when belief in security and comfort from empire collapsed. For the first time this momentous 20th century battle,…
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Two Million Minutes - An Examination of High School in the U.S., India and China
Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, they have just two million minutes to prepare for college, and ultimately, a career. For some, high school is little more than a necessary rite of passage --…
Who Is Arthur Chu? - A Jeopardy Champion Fighting for Social Change
This acclaimed documentary follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! champion Arthur Chu as he attempts to leverage his viral celebrity to make positive social change online. Following a world premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival , the film has played…
Before the Leaves Fall - Yuzuriha no Koro
An aging woman from Tokyo named Ichiko (Kaoru Yachigusa) embarks on a personal journey to find an old painting, "A Childhood Scene", by the famous artist Kenichiro Maya which she believes she was the inspiration for it as a young…
Love & Sex in Japan
In the Land of the Rising Sun, love and relationships are in danger. A quarter of all Japanese people aged 30 to 40 are virgins and 50% of the population admits to not having sex regularly. Unsurprisingly, this has led…
Yasmine
Living alone with her strict father, Yasmine is a free-spirited girl. When her father tells her she's been refused a school loan and must study far away, she takes the news very poorly. Yasmine joins the humble silat club at…
The Slanted Screen - Hollywood’s Representation of Asian Men in Film & Television
From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, THE SLANTED SCREEN explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting…
The Red Turtle - La tortue rouge
The revered Studio Ghibli ( Spirited Away ) joined forces with artist Michael Dudok de Wit to create this stunning Oscar -nominated animated fable set on a desert island. A shipwrecked sailor washes ashore and explores his new home. He…
Eat Drink Man Woman
A gastronomic delight from Academy Award -winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), this is a classic tale of simmering frustrations and relationship woes as semi-retired Master Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) shares his culinary skills and tends to…
In the Realm of the Senses - L'Empire des Sens
Banned around the world, Oshima's extraordinary tale of sexual obsession remains equally shocking over 30 years since it's notorious release - this explicit study of love and death was so controversial in Japan that cans of film were smuggled to…
The Split Horn - The Life of A Hmong Shaman in America
America has become the testing ground for the enduring strength of Hmong culture. The Split Horn documents the journey of Hmong shaman Paja Thao and his family from the mountains of Laos to the heartland of America: Appleton, Wisconsin. This…
Hanzi - Exploring Language and Culture through Chinese Typography
How does language shape identity? What role does handwriting play in the digital age? HANZI encourages audiences around the world to revisit and rethink their own culture, language and identity. HANZI explores international design, visual culture, and identity through the…
Soul Of A Banquet - The Matriarch of Modern Chinese Cooking
In this mouth-watering documentary, director Wayne Wang ( The Joy Luck Club ) profiles Cecilia Chiang, the matriarch of modern Chinese cooking, as she relates her fascinating history and cooks up a sumptuous, once-in-a-lifetime banquet. "A mind-bendingly hunger-inducing piece of…
The Birth of Saké - Passionate Sake-Makers Keep Tradition Alive
In a world where most mass-produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year- old tradition that we have come to know as sake. THE BIRTH OF SAKE is…
In the Year of the Pig - Origins of the Vietnam War
From French colonialism and rickshaws to the Vietnamese victory at Dien Bien Phu. And then, the origins and nature of the U.S. commitment from the end of WWII through the offensive of 1968. History, death, battle, ideas as only film…