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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…
Forever, Chinatown - An Artist Recreates His Childhood Chinatown in a Rapidly Changing San Francisco
A documentary about unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This film takes the…
Midnight's Children
At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the…
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,…
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,…
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…
Drokpa - Nomads of Tibet
Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, DROKPA is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of Tibetan nomads whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change as once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts. The…
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…
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…
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…
These Birds Walk - An Orphan Finds His Way Back Home
In this beautifully filmed, inspirational documentary, a high-spirited runaway boy in Pakistan tries to find his way back home from the orphanage in which he lives, aided by a sympathetic ambulance driver who was once a street kid himself. Winner…
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…
Finding Kukan - Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's
KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When…
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…
Guangzhou Dream Factory - The African Community in Guangzhou, China
Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams...This documentary weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, "Made in China" dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China's centuries-old trading port. Today it's…
Eastern Mystics
In this groundbreaking documentary, well-known mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita, and Taoist traditions discuss their own awakening experiences, the nature of mysticism, religious tolerance, love and compassion, spiritual practices, the many paths to truth, and world peace. Their comments…
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South Korea: Success at all Costs - The Successes and Pitfalls of a Major Economic Power
With their long working hours, cultural obsession with productivity, and high-stakes schooling system, South Koreans live life in the fast lane. Everyone has the same aim: to be successful and to beat the competition. Thanks in part to this hard…
The Zen Mind
A travelogue across the breadth of Japan to explore the practice of modern day zen. We will take you from the bustle of rush-hour Tokyo to the tranquil mountains of Kyoto. From zen centers hidden among skyscrpaers to the zendo…
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…