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Rae Red Talks “Babae at Baril,” Her Feminist Film About Philippine Realities

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Filipina filmmaker Rae Red’s directorial debut “Babae at Baril” tells the story of a girl and a gun—and the patriarchal, capitalist system they live in.

Interview: Yeo Yann Yann Talks “Invisible Stories,” Motherly Roles, and Singaporean Narratives

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Hot off the heels of winning Best Actress at the 2019 Golden Horse Awards for "Wet Season," Yeo Yann Yann discusses what's next.

Philippine Documentary “A Thousand Cuts” Traces the Rise of Authoritarian Fascism

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"A Thousand Cuts" tells a disturbing story of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian attacks on the free press through an intimate look at Rappler founder...

“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.

Review: Netflix’s “The Ghost Bride” Brings Malaysian Chinese Superstition To Life

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Netflix's first Malaysian Mandarin-language original series offers a compelling premise and memorable production design amidst a rocky narrative.

The 8 Best Thai Movies of 2019

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The top Thai movies from 2019, ranging from comedies and romances, to horror and documentaries.

Review: “Halfworlds” Was HBO Asia’s First Home-Grown Fantasy Epic

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"Halfworlds" marks an important step for HBO in localizing its original series for the Asian market.

The 10 Best Pinoy Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the best Filipino movies of 2019, across genres like romance, indie, fantasy, comedy, drama, and more.

Review: “A Copy of My Mind” is Joko Anwar’s Love Letter to Jakarta

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Shot in a very loose, naturalistic, and intimate style not unlike a documentary, "A Copy of My Mind" shows vignettes of life in Indonesia's capital...

Interview: “Ilo Ilo” and “Wet Season” Director Anthony Chen Talks Casting, Honesty, and Being Away From Home

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Singaporean director Anthony Chen discusses his films "Wet Season" and "Ilo Ilo"—and tells us why he found "Crazy Rich Asians" offensive.

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