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“Bad Genius” and “Freshman” Explore the High Stakes of Standardized Testing

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"Bad Genius" and "Première Année" highlight standardized tests' impact on friendships and social equity.

Why “Parasite” Is Bong Joon-ho’s Biggest Hit and Darkest Film Yet

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“Parasite” speaks to Korean audiences’ real-life woes in an intricately crafted and empathetic manner.

The Bruce Lee Statue That Sought to Unify a Divided City

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The story behind the world's most unlikely Bruce Lee tribute: a statue in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

Remembering Sridevi: How India’s Most Famous Actress United North and South

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Superstar Sridevi Kapoor's death both bridges and highlights one of India's biggest cultural divides.

Why You’ll Never See an Asian Stoner Movie

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East Asia emulates many Hollywood genres—but not stoner movies (thank Western hegemony).

Why and How FESPACO Needs To Reform

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Africa's most important film festival is fast approaching its 50th anniversary. Boukary Sawadogo suggests how it can improve and better prepare for the future.

How “Isle of Dogs” Is A Metaphor for Japanese Politics

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Other critics have it wrong: Wes Anderson's film actually conveys Japanese issues through an American lens, not the other way around.

What Does It Mean for Asian-Americans When China’s Most Popular TV Program Is Racist?

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What does perceived Asian racism mean for the Asian-American identity?

Why “Who Killed Captain Alex?” is the Most Important African Film of the 21st Century

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The Ugandan action comedy that became an internet sensation heralds the future of African Cinema

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