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‘The Sales Girl’ is a black comedy about a sex shop worker in urban...

A slice of urban life is the last thing that comes to mind when considering films set in  Mongolia. The Sales Girl, a film by Sengedorj Janchivdorj, invites us into Saruul’s life  (Bayartsetseg Bayangerel),...

‘Evil Does Not Exist’ captures otherworldly atmosphere

A glittering landscape of ice and snow and mysterious alpine woods opens Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist, a tone poem of a rural idyll built through quiet shots of locals going about their...

Don’t miss August screenings of two Hong Kong martial arts movies from director Johnnie...

“The Heroic Trio” dir. Johnnie To If you’re looking for unhinged fun in your summer movies - and who isn’t during these trying times - look no further than “The Heroic Trio,” a cartoonish martial...

Recommended watching from the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The 2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival ran from May 5 – 13 with a feast of films for every taste. The following are some of my narrative film picks. Arisaka In Mikhail Red's Arisaka,...

Film Movement releases a three-disc trio of films by Lee Isaac Chung

Anyone wishing to explore Lee Isaac Chung's films – director of Oscar nominated Minari – need look no further than the three-disc trio, Munyurangabo, Lucky Life and Abigal Harm (2012) released by Film Movement....

Dispatches from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival: Documentaries, feature film and shorts recommendations

Documentaries TikTok Boom Director: Shalini Kantayya Shalini Kantayya continues to explore the inequities that exist in social media with her latest documentary feature, TikTok Boom. Stars and influencers abound on social media but TikTok's ability to target...

Recommendations from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is usually a gala event that stretches over 11 days. This year’s version comes with an abbreviated line-up that covers only a week and it’s virtual. Meaning anyone could buy...

We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants shape our multiracial...

It can be difficult, if not dangerous, to be a member of a minority group in the United States. On September 25, the L.A. Times reported that two young men assaulted Maan Singh Khalsa...