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Independent Films

The Rise and Fall of the Turkish “Mockbuster”

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Cult Film enthusiast Timon Singh explores the strange story of how Turkey became the home of cinema’s most curious rip-offs.

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

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

Jamie Greenberg talks “Future ’38”, his anti-Nazi time travel comedy

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In this lighthearted screwball comedy, a secret agent from 1938 travels to the far-off future of 2018 on a mission to stop Hitler.

Review: “This Is Congo” and the farcical nature of power

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This brilliant war documentary shows that the decades-old Congo conflict is nothing more than a farcical power struggle.

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.

Review: Menashe (United States, 2017)

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"Menashe" is the first Yiddish-language feature film to hit theaters since the Holocaust.

Review: The Wedding Plan (Israel, 2016)

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Rama Burshtein's sophomore film manages to make -- from a tired plot -- a lively comedy with a lot to say about Orthodox Jewish women...

Review: A Loner (China, 2017)

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"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: Berlinized (Germany, 2012)

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"Berlinized" is a peek into the bizarre art culture that grew out of the fallen Berlin Wall.

Review: Kajaki (United Kingdom, 2014)

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The independent film Kajaki (titled Kilo Two Bravo for North American distribution) tells the true story of British troops who must contend with the physical...