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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…
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…
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…
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,…
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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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…
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…
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…
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…
1000 Rupee Note - Ek Hazarachi Note
Budhi, a widow lives in a small village in Maharashtra, India. Her only son, a young farmer, has committed suicide. Though poor and left alone in the world, she leads a cheerful life. She is particularly fond of her neighbor,…
Before We Vanish - Sanpo suru shinryakusha
After going missing for several days, a man named Shinji mysteriously reappears, acting nothing like his former self. His relationship with his wife Narumi had been on the rocks, but now Shinji is calmer and kinder than before, which only…
A Thousand Mothers - Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar
Set at an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, A THOUSAND MOTHERS is an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women in Myanmar are quite limited, this…
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…
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…
Shin Godzilla - Shin Gojira
It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may…
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…
Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari)
TOKYO STORY is prehaps the most powerful reflection on the human condition ever committed to celluloid. When an elderly couple travel to a rapidly-rebuilding Tokyo to visit their children, they are met with unexpected indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. As the…
Crazy Wisdom - The Life And Times Of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Crazy Wisdom explores the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, who landed in the U.S. in 1970. Trungpa became renowned for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand and…
Remittance
An intimate look at the lives of migrant domestic workers in Singapore and captures the hardships that confront them in their struggle to financially get ahead as well as the perseverance of their sacrifice to support their families. Not unlike…