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Review: China’s “Sky Hunter” gives “Top Gun” a run for its money

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"Sky Hunter" showcases shiny Chinese fighter jets, global ambitions, and...Fan Bingbing.

Review: “Five Fingers for Marseilles” shows colonialism’s scars in South Africa

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The film transplants the Western genre to South Africa, offering an allegory for colonialism's damaging influence on African nations.

11 WWII movies from the Japanese perspective

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Check out 10 of the best Japanese WWII movies. Learn about World War II from a different perspective!

Is Feng Xiaogang’s “Youth” really that controversial?

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The film's original Chinese National Day release was pushed back, purportedly for political reasons.

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

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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")

Interview: Shady Srour and Ilan Moskovitch discuss “Holy Air” in Israel’s Arab capital

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Filmmakers Srour and Moskovitch find absurdity in the lives of a "minority within a minority"—Nazareth's Christian Arabs.

Interview: Mark Grieco’s “A River Below” isn’t just about saving the dolphins

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Grieco's documentary explores the complex, "post-truth truth" behind an episode of environmental activism in Brazil.

Review: The Hidden Sword (China, 2017)

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A distinctively artistic take on an alternate Second Sino-Japanese War which China wins with the help of a mysterious swordsman.

Interview: Berni Goldblat, director of “Wallay”

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Berni Goldblat is the director of "Wallay", which tells a moving coming-of-age story set in Burkina Faso.

Interview: “Bad Genius” director Nattawut Poonpiriya

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Poonpiriya's hit film "Bad Genius" has been described as a Thai "Ocean's Eleven".