Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Democratic Republic of Congo

Why I show Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba: La Mort du Prophète” to my students


Marcus Filipello, a UW Milwaukee history professor, analyzes this documentary on the Congo by Peck (best known for the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro")

From Our Archives

Review: A Loner (China, 2017)


"A Loner" (大雪冬至) explores the life of a old woman in Beijing, illuminating a broader social phenomenon of "left-behind" elders in modern-day China.

Review: Doomsday Book (South Korea, 2012)


The South Korean sci-fi anthology Doomsday Book promises zombies in Seoul, robots achieving nirvana, and asteroids hitting Korea -- but can it deliver on this...

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


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

“Change” teaches us how construction and environmentalism can coexist


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