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Chinese Director Pengfei Portrays China's 'Left Behind Children'

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A discipline of Tsai Ming-liang, Chinese director Pengfei discusses his latest film "The Taste of Rice Flower."


Chinese Film 'Wolf Warriors 2' Speaks to Overseas Chinese

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'Wolf Warriors 2' breathes new life into the Chinese action genre and appeals to foreign-born Chinese in the process.


INTERVIEW: Director Tom Waller on Profiling Thailand's Last Gunshot Executioner

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Bangkok-based director Tom Waller talks about his experiences profiling Thailand's last gunshot executioner and why so few Thai films make it big internationally.


Joshua Wong on Documentary "Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower"

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Cinema Escapist caught up with Wong to get his thoughts on the recent documentary and its broader socio-political context.


Meet India’s Transgender Community in Documentary 'Black Sheep'

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New documentary profiles the hijra — a unique transgender community in India with several thousand years of history.


INTERVIEW: Art, Politics, and Non-Bollywood Indian Films

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Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's latest film 'Sexy Durga' won the prestigious Hivos Tiger Award at 2017's Rotterdam Film Festival — a first for Indian cinema.


INTERVIEW: Bridging China and the West Through Documentaries

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Zhao Qi is a Chinese producer and director who has helped bring four documentaries to Sundance Film Festival —including 2015's "The Chinese Mayor."


Why Anyone Who Cares About Taiwan Should Watch 'A City of Sadness'

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'A City of Sadness' is not only one of Taiwan's most renowned films, but also a great way to learn about the island.


OPINION: The Difference Between Chinese and American Romance Movies

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While Americans have romantic comedies, the Chinese have something else.


INTERVIEW: Documenting China's Women's Rights Activist Ye Haiyan

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'I was just so curious what kind of person she was, and why she would act this way. So I decided I would meet with her no matter what,' says filmmaker Nanfu Wang.

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