Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Articles by Anthony Kao

Art, politics, and non-Bollywood Indian films with director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

BY

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.

“Change” teaches us how construction and environmentalism can coexist

BY

This documentary follows a unique eco-education program initiated by Taiwan's construction industry.

A talk about kitties with the director of “Kedi”

BY

Ceyda Torun discusses her documentary about Istanbul’s street cats.

Review: Ghost in the Mountains (China, 2017)

BY

This indie film shot in rural Hunan shows what's left in the wake of China's urbanization.

Interview: Zhao Qi on bridging China and the West through documentaries

BY

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

Why anyone who cares about Taiwan should watch “A City of Sadness”

BY

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

Asian Brilliant Stars program launches amidst Berlinale 2017

BY

The Asian Brilliant Stars program aims to boost international exposure for both emerging and established filmmakers from Asia.

A taste of South Indian indie film from “Six Feet High” and “An Off-Day Game”

BY

Keralan director Sanal Kumar Sasidhara's first two features offer an example of world-class cinematic technique applied to local, Indian narratives.

An interview with Dror Shaul, director of “Atomic Falafel”

BY

"Atomic Falafel", which satirizes Israel-Iran nuclear tensions, has been praised as an Israeli "Doctor Strangelove"

The difference between Chinese and American romance movies

BY

While Americans have romantic comedies, Chinese have something else... read to learn what and why!