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Even the Walls: Seventy years of life at Yesler Terrace

As bulldozers raze Yesler Terrace, tenants grapple with losing their community to a rapidly gentrifying city. Even the Walls chronicles their stories.
Apr 22, 2015
Rebecca Peacock in Seattle with her daughter Trisha. Both mother and daughter were adopted from India. (Courtesy Photo)

Finding my daughter, and my roots, in India

I was always torn about searching for my birth mother in India. Instead I went there to become a mother myself.
Amen Gibreab (right), director of the film Horeta: The Journey Beyond Culture, enjoys a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony performed by Fanaye Debalke at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant on Aurora Ave. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

How a trip to Ethiopia shattered stereotypes, spurred documentary

After a trip to Ethiopia, a local filmmaker and a group of students are challenging Americans' grim generalizations about Africa.
Feb 20, 2015
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Straight Outta Compton: biopic on N.W.A. has relevance in Seattle

N.W.A.'s hip-hop was an important voice in black activism, that is still relevant today.
A donated video camera being used by a One Vibe student, Mercy Auma.(Photo courtesy of One Vibe Africa)

EMP to debut fruits of Kenya-Seattle arts collaboration

Kenyan nonprofit One Vibe Africa partnered with Seattle filmmakers to bring visual art mentorship to youth living in slums. Their work will be shared Saturday at the EMP.
Feb 18, 2015
A building damaged in fighting in Kurakhove, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. (Photo by VO Svodboda via Picasa)

What the heck is happening in Ukraine (and why you should care)

A filmmaker from Ukraine visited Seattle last week and shared some shocking footage from a conflict that has turned into all out war.
Feb 17, 2015
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Fifty Shades of Seattle tourism

For $14,169 a night, The Edgewater Hotel offers a package worthy of those with the earnings of Mr. Grey himself.
Feb 13, 2015
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What to watch at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Hollywood may not have leading roles for Asian actors, but you can catch plenty at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival this year.
Feb 6, 2015
Migrant farm workers in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Fla., where advocacy led to a Fair Food agreement with major food chains. (Still from FoodChainsFilm.com)

What can Sakuma workers on strike learn from ‘Food Chains’?

Connecting the field to the grocery store proved to be the best means to achieve labor gains for migrant farmworkers.
Jan 2, 2015
The independent Ark Lodge Cinemas in Seattle will show "The Interview," after major movie theater chains pulled out of screening the comedy set in North Korea and starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Phot

Columbia City movie theater to screen “The Interview” in Seattle

Ark Lodge Cinemas in Seattle's Columbia City is among the 200 indie theaters nationwide that will show the nearly shelved "The Interview" on Christmas Day, according to entertainment site Deadline.com and the theater's website.
Dec 23, 2014
Screen capture of the documentary online at http://www.thelongnightmovie.com

Seattle victims of sex trafficking speak out in film

A new film available to stream this week gives voice to the victims of the hidden world of Seattle child sex trafficking.
Dec 3, 2014
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Dear White People: Why I still watch every movie about black people

I left "Dear White People" feeling sad because it’s 2014 and I am still excited to see a movie about black people.
Oct 31, 2014
A still from "Titli" about a young man trying to escape his criminal family in Delhi, one of the flagship films of the Seattle South Asian Film Festival's 9th year.

Festival brings top-notch South Asian filmmakers to town

Now in its ninth year, the Seattle South Asian Film (SSAFF) once again brings a wide array of radical, thought-provoking films to the Puget Sound area. This year there’s narrative and documentary films from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka on everything from human rights, gender, LGBT issues, education, and the environment — and some laughs […]
Oct 29, 2014
Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2012. (Photo courtesy Apo Anak Productions)

The new ‘coming out’

Our undocumented neighbors, co-workers and friends are taking a brave step out of the shadows to change the way we think about immigration.
Oct 23, 2014
Hugo Lucitante pilots a boat on the Ecuadorian Amazon, on the land of the Cofan people, which is threatened by oil extraction. (Photo courtesy Oil and Water)

Lifeline for Amazon tribe runs through Seattle

Local documentary, “Oil & Water,” tells the story of an Ecuadorean tribe endangered by global warming and oil extraction, an ambassador from that tribe in Seattle and his friendship with a man who helps certify oil companies as environmentally friendly.
Oct 3, 2014
Shanta Darnal attended school in Kathmandu thanks to Western donations. (Photo by Amy Benson)

Nepalese student’s suicide reveals dark side of ‘globalization lottery’

Girls’ education is often seen as a panacea for global development. One promising Nepalese student's suicide reveals a more complicated picture.
Jul 11, 2014
Director Peres Owino (left) on set of her documentary "Bound: Africans versus African Americans" premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend. (Photo by Nyar Nam Productions)

Bound by history, Africans and African Americans struggle to relate

Two little boys dig in the sand on an empty beach, the blue ocean behind them reflecting a dazzling sun. An off-screen narrator describes inseparable brothers in “the land of warm waters.” But the peaceful scene quickly turns frightening as one brother suddenly vanishes — disappeared, explains our narrator, “to the land of cold winters.” This […]
Jun 6, 2014
Exchange students try their hands at American football (with mixed results) in a still from "We Are Unity"

From China to rural Oregon, cultures come together in “Welcome to Unity”

Seven foreign exchange students move to a tiny Oregon town and join the football team to make friends. No, it's not the latest Will Ferrell movie.
May 23, 2014
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SIFF boasts global lineup for film fest’s 40th

In a large corner office lined with bookcases at the Seattle International Film Festival’s Film Center, Carl Spence is busy gearing up for the 40th year of the festival. The sun shines in two large glass windows as the artistic director of SIFF furiously types, sending last minute emails to finalize the festival’s lineup. The […]
May 1, 2014
Dede Adhanom's son King holding family photo in a still from "Unified Struggle." (Courtesy of Guerrilla Films)

“Unified Struggle” film tackles deportation, justice, and activism

Giday “Dede” Adhanom is a mother of three living in Seattle, who has devoted most of her life to activism. She’s worked on issues of youth violence, housing access, employment, and the juvenile prison expansion. She’s also spent much of her life fighting her own deportation. In an effort to call attention to the persecution […]
Apr 23, 2014