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Review: “Book-Paper-Scissors” Honors Japanese Artisan Culture Amidst Modernity

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"Book-Paper-Scissors" offers a contemplative and philosophical view on maintaining traditional Japanese art in a modern society.

Review: “Fukushima 50” Offers Uncontroversial Take On Japan’s Biggest Nuclear Disaster

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Starring Ken Watanabe, "Fukushima 50" avoids controversy as part of faithfully reflecting Japanese realities around Fukushima Daiichi.

Japanese Indie Drama “My Identity” Examines A Fractured Taiwanese-Japanese Immigrant Identity

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In her heartfelt debut film “My Identity,” which screens at Japan Cuts 2020, Sae Suzuki explores being misunderstood in a Taiwanese-Japanese immigrant coming-of-age story.

Review: “Article 15” Provides A Nuanced View of Caste Discrimination’s Effects in India

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Bollywood film "Article 15" displays a sobering perspective on casteism’s persistence despite the law banning it, but leans heavily into its savior complex.

Review: Egypt’s First Animated Feature “The Knight and the Princess” Champions Arab Storytelling

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"The Knight and the Princess" offers entertaining storytelling and a win for Arab representation in global animated cinema.

Review: What “A Silent Voice” Can Tell Us About Ableism and Tolerance in Japan

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Kyoto Animation's 2016 hit anime movie "A Silent Voice" deftly tackles controversial social issues in Japan.

Review: “House of Hummingbird” Paints A Bleak Coming-of-Age

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In "House of Hummingbird," Korean director Kim Bora examines adolescence and alienation in 1990s Seoul.

Review: “Rift” Offers LGBT Horror Amongst the Icelandic Wilderness

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Erlingur Thoroddsen’s impressive second feature "Rift" explores the tension of a relationship through Icelandic horror.

Korean Film “Beauty Water” Depicts the Horrors of Keeping Up with Beauty Standards

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Debuted at Annecy 2020, Korean animated movie "Beauty Water" provides a dark view of using plastic surgery to change one’s socioeconomic standing.

Review: “La Flor de la Vida” Provides an Intimate Look into the Socially Isolated Lives of the Elderly

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Uruguayan documentary "La Flor de la Vida" explores the joys and sorrows of aging through intimate interviews and home video footage.

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