Cinema Escapist

Explore and connect the world through a cinematic lens

Documentaries

“Love Boat: Taiwan” Traces Asian Diaspora and Taiwanese Identities

BY

Director Valerie Soe explores a study tour that’s become a legend among Taiwanese-Americans.

Review: “One Child Nation” Tells The Story of a Nation At War With Its Own Population

BY

“One Child Nation” confronts the untold history of China’s One-Child Policy with a personal and empathetic touch

Review: Ai Weiwei’s “The Rest” Offers a Scathing Critique of Europe for Denying Human Dignity to Refugees

BY

Ai Weiwei asks Europe: You accepted me as a refugee, but what about the rest of us?

Review: “The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid” Depicts Two Irelands At War

BY

Analyzing the latest documentary in an Irish cinematic movement that depicts farmers as heroes against an oppressive system.

Interviewing “Tickling Giants” Director Sara Taksler on Standing Up to Abuses of Power

BY

Director Sara Taksler talks about "Tickling Giants", her time filming in Egypt, and standing up to abuses of power with humor.

Interview: “Nossa Chape” Directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist Discuss How Communities Rebuild After Tragedy

BY

The directors of "Nossa Chape" discuss their documentary, and the power of sport in recovering from national tragedies.

Review: Documentary “Nossa Chape” Explores the Transcendent Nature of Sports

BY

After a tragic plane crash, the Chapecoense football club rebuilds in this documentary about the societal impact of sports.

“People’s Republic of Desire”: Director Hao Wu Introduces Us to Chinese Internet Celebrity Culture

BY

America has YouTube celebrities—but who are the "internet famous" in China?

Films Like Netflix’s “One of Us” Reflect a Surge of Interest in New York’s Hasids

BY

New York's Hasidic Jewish community has seen a recent resurgence of cinematic depictions.

Latest Articles