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

Poetic Voices: A Trip Through the Taiwanese Avant-garde of the 1960s [Aperture 2019]

Presented as part the 2019 Aperture: Asia and Pacific Film Festival, “Poetic Voices: A Trip Through the Taiwanese Avant-garde of the 1960s” is a collection of four short films that were recently researched and restored […]

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on Jun, 23 · in Reviews

The Open Door (Bhutan, 2018) [Aperture 2019]

I suspect that many readers will be unfamiliar with the emerging Bhutanese cinema, yet they might know the director of the short film The Open Door, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, as the teenage actor portraying the […]

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on Jun, 23 · in Reviews

The East State Wind Farm (China, 2009)

The East State Wind Farm,​ a documentary using interviews as primary sources, interspersed with animated sequence, continues Hu Jie’s mission to expose the horrors and lasting legacy of Maoist China. In this entry, the testimony […]

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on Jun, 22 · in Reviews

Though I Am Gone (China, 2006)

At the start of his documentary Though I Am Gone, Hu Jie asks his interviewing subject, Mr. Wang Jungyao, whether it was painful to photograph the body of his wife so soon after her death. […]

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on Jun, 21 · in Reviews

Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul (China, 2004)

Hu Jie’s documentary Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul is about the persecution of anti-socialist Chinese activist Lin Zhao under Mao Tse Tung’s period of reform called “The Great Leap Forward” (1958-1962). Made during China’s rise […]

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on Jun, 20 · in Reviews

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