Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Articles by Anthony Kao

Meet Joshua Wong: the 20 year-old poster boy of Hong Kong’s democracy movement

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Wong is the subject of "Joshua: Teenager v. Superpower"―a new documentary now available on Netflix.

“In the Crosswind” illuminates a little known Baltic tragedy of WWII

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This Estonian film reveals why Baltic countries still fear Russian today

“Land of Oblivion” is a refreshingly authentic movie about the Chernobyl disaster

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This French-Ukrainian film stars Olga Kurylenko (from the Bond movie "Quantum of Solace") as its lead.

Meet this 21-year-old Syrian who shot an Oscar-winning film

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Khaled Khatib was an Aleppo-based cinematographer for “The White Helmets”, which won a 2017 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

Meet India’s “third gender” in “Black Sheep”

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A new documentary profiles the hijra - a unique transgender community in India with several thousand years of history.

Review: River of Exploding Durians (Malaysia, 2014)

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Activism, history, and youth in a film that expresses the malaise of Malaysian Chinese.

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

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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

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

A talk about kitties with the director of “Kedi”

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

Review: Ghost in the Mountains (China, 2017)

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