A First Farewell (China, 2018) [NYAFF 2019]

Dedicating her debut feature film “to my hometown Shaya, Xinjiang,” Wang Lina marks what is hopefully an ever-increasing number of independent filmmakers and productions local to the region of Xinjiang and its diverse ethnic groups, […]

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on Jul, 01 · in Reviews

Ma (Philippines, 2018) [NYAFF 2019]

The monosyllabic simplicity of the title of Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s debut feature is deceiving. It belies a work that operates very much like a fairy tale, specifically those of old whose grim and highly disturbing […]

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on Jun, 30 · in Reviews

Complicity (Japan/China/France, 2018) [NYAFF 2019]

Kei Chikaura’s debut feature film tackles the immigrant life and experience through Chen Liang (Yulai Lu), a young Chinese man from Henan province who makes his way to Japan in the hopes of earning enough […]

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on Jun, 28 · in Reviews

Nakorn-Sawan (Thailand/South Korea/Germany, 2018) [Aperture 2019]

The emotion and intention that drove the making of Puangsoi Aksornsawang’s debut feature film are clear and affecting: the passing and memory of her mother. Nakorn-Sawan (meaning “paradise city”) is a work that is at […]

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on Jun, 24 · in Reviews

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