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Interviews

Interview: Chinese director Pengfei on “The Taste of Rice Flower”

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A disciple of Tsai Ming-liang, Chinese director Pengfei discusses his latest film "The Taste of Rice Flower".

Interview: Wang Yu-lin on Taiwanese aborigines and gender identity in “Alifu, The Prince/ss”

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"Alifu, The Prince/ss" tells a unique story at the intersection of Taiwanese aboriginal traditions and transgender rights. It premieres October 2017.

Interview: Vladimir Zelenskiy on playing Ukraine’s president in “Servant of the People”

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Vladimir Zelenskiy may be the most popular actor in Ukraine today -- and his hit show "Servant of the People" is now on Netflix.

Interview: Director Zero Chou on making LGBT films in the Greater China region

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The Teddy Award-winning Taiwanese director discusses her latest "Six Asian Cities Rainbow Project" and past works.

“Fathers” director Palatpol Mingpornpichit on making a film about LGBT families in Thailand

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Mingpornpichit's film "Fathers" focuses on a gay couple in Thailand who must deal with many tribulations to raise a son.

An interview with Tom Waller, director of “The Last Executioner”

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Bangkok-based director Tom Waller talks about his experiences profiling Thailand's last gunshot executioner, and why so few Thai films make it big internationally.

Meet Joshua Wong: the 20 year-old poster boy of Hong Kong’s democracy movement

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Wong is the subject of "Joshua: Teenager v. Superpower"―a new documentary now available on Netflix.

Meet this 21-year-old Syrian who shot an Oscar-winning film

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Khaled Khatib was an Aleppo-based cinematographer for “The White Helmets”, which won a 2017 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

Taiwanese director Huang Hui-chen on her film “Small Talk”

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"Small Talk" won a 2016 Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary and a Teddy Award at 2017's Berlinale.

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan on art, politics, and non-Bollywood Indian films

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Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's latest film "Sexy Durga" won the prestigious Hivos Tiger Award at 2017's Rotterdam Film Festival — a first for Indian cinema.