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Cathy Yan’s directorial debut, “Dead Pigs”, is a cautionary globalization tale and dark comedy

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, UT, January 18-28. International Examiner writer Misa Shikuma is attending to provide coverage of select films featuring API stories, artists, actors and/or originating from API...

Sundance Film Festival features movies that showcase Asian women artists Yayoi Kusama, M.I.A. and...

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, UT, January 18-28. International Examiner writer Misa Shikuma is attending to provide coverage of select films featuring API stories, artists, actors and/or originating from API...

Documentary reveals that the forcible harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience in China...

For many Americans, having the tiny red heart on our driver’s license designating us organ donors is no big deal. Though the wait lists are notoriously long, we have a system in place that attempts to match the patients with the greatest need with organs from the recently deceased. But, what if instead of months and years, patients could be guaranteed a new organ within a week? The catch is that the organ was forcibly taken, and the operation essentially an execution for the so-called donor. As much as it may sound like the premise of a B-grade film, for persecuted practitioners of Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience in China, it’s a reality.

‘The Big Sick’ weaves together identity, love, and comedy

'The Big Sick' weaves together a narrative of identity, family, love, and compassion. 'The Big Sick' opens June 23 in New York and Los Angeles, select cities June 30. and wide release July 14.

Mayhem: Fans will rejoice seeing Steven Yeun back in fighting form

In Mayhem, directed by Joe Lynch, Steven Yeun portrays Derek Cho, a disgruntled mid-level associate at a top consulting firm with a bone to pick with the company’s partners. But on the day he...
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‘I Am Another You’ an exquisite, intimate portrait of the human experience

In I Am Another You, documentarian Nanfu Wang blurs the lines between friend, subject, and director after meeting enigmatic drifter Dylan Olsen at a Miami hostel and deciding to join him in his perpetual...

Director Miao Wang returns to SXSW with “Maineland,” a gripping tale about two international...

Director Miao Wang, whose first full length documentary feature, Beijing Taxi, debuted at SXSW seven years ago, returns to the festival with her latest project, Maineland. Through the eyes of the two teenaged protagonists,...

Turning Japanese a fresh take on hapa identity crisis

Humorous, biting, and excruciatingly honest at times, MariNaomi’s graphic memoir Turning Japanese is a fresh take on the hapa identity crisis and the throes of young adulthood. Set in the mid-1990s, when the author...

North Korean defectors share gripping stories of struggle

In the face of a roiling world political climate, Every Falling Star and In Order to Survive are more than worthy of being shared, not just because of their storytelling merit but also to inspire readers to effect change in their everyday lives.

Tomine’s ‘Killing and Dying’ is a journey worth embarking on

With Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine’s latest compilation of graphic novel vignettes, the author continues to push the limits of the medium with eclectic stories about the human experience that are alternately poignant, darkly...