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‘Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell’ shows a man searching for faith amidst tragedy

In director Phạm Thiên Ân’s Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell, Thiện, a young drifter in Saigon, is troubled by a mundane existentialism that leaves him withdrawn and indifferent to the rhythms of everyday life....

SAAFF 2024: ‘The Harvest’ explores a Hmong family’s tension between tradition, modernity

During the tumultuous harvest season in the deep Laotian mountain countryside, life begins anew. A Hmong mother, Youa, struggles to deliver her child. Amid her twisting agony, Cher, her husband, paces anxiously around their...

SAAFF 2024: Opening night film captures experience of being blind, undocumented

A new documentary, unseen (2023), follows the journey of Pedro, a blind undocumented immigrant building toward a career in social work and mental healthcare. Pedro and his family came to the United States from...

A preview of ‘The Qingming Kid’ and ‘From Yeondoo’ shorts, screening at the Seattle...

In Qingming Kid, Eugene can’t remember the last time he had his birthday all to himself. He has the unique circumstance of sharing it with Qingming, the Chinese festival dedicated to honoring ancestors. Every...

‘Diamond Island’ captures alienation, anxiety against backdrop of Cambodia’s urbanization

Diamond Island is a subdued, gestural snapshot of a young Cambodian rural migrant working in the rapidly shifting capital of Phnom Penh. Davy Chou’s 2016 film comes at a moment when Cambodia is undergoing...

A preview of Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s ‘Messy, Queer, Asian’ shorts program

Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Seattle's very own 28-year-old queer film institution, will present the Seattle Queer Film Festival from Oct. 12 - 22, 2023 around the theme of 'Queer Joy.' Below, film reviewer Perry...

‘Suzhou River’ narrative captures the low mood of everyday Shanghai

In Suzhou River (2000) by Director Lou Ye, an enigmatic videographer drifts down the titular river in a gloomy Shanghai. From behind the camera, he documents the lives of everyday people who work on...

“Before, Now & Then” toes the line between dreams and consciousness

In Before, Now & Then (2022), secrets and troubled memories are sealed away between koi ponds and mist-laden forests at a landed estate in mid-century Bandung. Director Kamila Andini draws us into a mood...

A preview of Northwest Film Forum’s 26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival

Local Sightings Film Festival is Seattle’s only festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest films and filmmakers, from WA, OR, AK, ID, MT, BC, and the Yukon. She Marches in Chinatown (2023) She Marches in Chinatown (2023) by...

‘Spacked Out’ dives into all the emotional turbulence of subaltern Y2K Hong Kong teens

In Lawrence Lau’s Spacked Out (2000), four wayfaring teenage outcasts drift through the colorful grime and sludge of turn-of-the-century Hong Kong. 13-year old Cookie has so much on her mind but no one to...