Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Interviews

“Fathers” director Palatpol Mingpornpichit on making a film about LGBT families in Thailand

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Mingpornpichit's film "Fathers" focuses on a gay couple in Thailand who must deal with many tribulations to raise a son.

An interview with Tom Waller, director of “The Last Executioner”

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Bangkok-based director Tom Waller talks about his experiences profiling Thailand's last gunshot executioner, and why so few Thai films make it big internationally.

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.

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.

Taiwanese director Huang Hui-chen on her film “Small Talk”

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"Small Talk" won a 2016 Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary and a Teddy Award at 2017's Berlinale.

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.

A talk about kitties with the director of “Kedi”

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

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

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

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

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

An interview with Nanfu Wang, director of “Hooligan Sparrow”

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"Hooligan Sparrow" is an Oscar shortlisted documentary about one of China's most prominent women's rights activists.