Still from "Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border"

The pulse of Latin American film comes to Seattle

“Latin America is the region of open veins. Everything from the discovery until our times has always been transmuted into European — or later, United States — capital, and as such has accumulated on distant centers of power.”  — Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America. This week the Northwest Film Forum is featuring “Pulsos Latinos: […]
Apr 18, 2014
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Cost of Gender: Transgender Americans seek healthcare in Thailand

The Cost of Gender shares the stories of transgender Americans faced with health care discrimination at home, who look to Thailand for better options.
Apr 3, 2014
Still from "Bethlehem" about an Israeli secret service officer and his Palestinian informant, playing at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Six quick global picks from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival

One perk of living 2,000 years in the diaspora: great material for an international film festival!
Feb 27, 2014
Vanna Fut breakdancing in front of a crowd. (Photo courtesy of Vanna Fut)

From gangster to breaker to peacemaker, the remarkable life of Big Lazy

When I asked Vanna Fut, the subject of the recent biopic “Raskal Love,” to introduce himself, he simply said: “birth name Vanna Fut, and the street calls me Big Lazy.”
Feb 7, 2014
In "Beijing Meets Seattle" Actress Tang Wei plays a materialistic woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to the child of her married Beijing lover.

Movie romance wooing Chinese tourists to Seattle

Chinese blockbuster "Beijing Meets Seattle" has a young generation in China swooning over our city.
Jan 31, 2014
Jeremy Lin documentary "Linsanity" will open the festival on Feb. 6.

Seattle Asian American Film Festival is back with even more Northwest flavor

The long yet not-so-illustrious history of Asian Americans in film includes such blots as the submissive woman and Dragon Lady types, the geek who provides comic relief (often for white counterparts), and the arch villain. All of these compound and express the overarching taint of foreignness. You don’t have to search too hard for the same […]
Jan 29, 2014
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“The Square” sparks controversy, flashbacks to Egyptian Revolution

Join the Seattle Globalist Thursday for a screening of The Square, and Q & A with director Jehane Noujaim.
Jan 22, 2014
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In dark Seattle winter, Nordic films hit close to home

The films of the Nordic Lights Festival next weekend at SIFF are a testament to our cultural kinship with Scandinavia.
Jan 10, 2014
Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

New crop of local South Asian filmmakers shine at Tasveer festival

Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle’s South Asian community has a growing passion for film.
Oct 11, 2013
A still from The Light in Her Eyes, a film about women practicing conservative Islam, which screens in Tacoma next week. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Traveling film fest in NW to spark conversation on global issues

Film Forward, a touring program that will show movies from around the world at various venues in Seattle and Tacoma next week, aims to start conversations about complex global topics.
Aug 30, 2013
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The Act of Killing makes movie stars out of war criminals

A new film out of Indonesia takes an unflinching look into the dark heart of political violence.
Aug 13, 2013
Mads Mikkelsen in the Danish film "The Hunt"

SIFF picks of the week

More must-see global cinema from week four of the Seattle International Film Festival.
Jun 4, 2013
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SIFF picks of the week

More must-see global cinema from week three of the Seattle International Film Festival.
May 28, 2013
Rwandan filmmakers--and "Finding Hillywood" interns--Richmond Runanira and Christian Bishika on set. March 2008. (Photo courtesy of Leah Warshawski)

The power of film to unite, from Rwanda to Seattle

A new film about Rwanda’s burgeoning film industry shows how the collective moviegoing experience has the power to heal the scars of genocide.
May 24, 2013
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21 must see global films at SIFF

With 447 films from 85 countries, deciding what to see at the Seattle International Film Festival, May 16-June 9, can be daunting.  So let us give you a hand!
May 16, 2013
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Top 30 global health films to get you inspired

Global health gets a lot of attention in Seattle. But sometimes Hollywood wants a piece of the action too.
Apr 25, 2013
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Don’t call them victims, these youth are slum changemakers

The polio-fighting, clean water advocating, girls’ rights empowered youth of “The Revolutionary Optimists” shatters everything we thought we knew about creating change. 
Mar 29, 2013
Filmmaker Eli Kimaro in her Columbia City home. Her documentary 'A Lot Like You' has won acclaim around the world and opens at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival tonight. (Photo by Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times)

Have a complicated identity? America’s future looks ‘A Lot Like You’

“The bibimbap, is that dolsot?” asks documentary filmmaker Eli Kimaro looking up from the menu of Wabi-Sabi in Columbia City. She’s trying to gauge the authenticity of the Korean dish in question. This version doesn’t come in the traditional heated stone pot (dolsot), but she goes for it anyway–calling the rice bowl a favorite “comfort […]
Jan 25, 2013
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4 picks from The Seattle Asian American Film Festival

I’m pretty used to complaining. And as a professor of Asian American media, believe me, I’ve got lots to complain about. From the underrepresentation of Asian Americans on film and television to the appalling stereotypes that often typify the rare times we do appear (see Two Broke Girls) to the persistence of yellowface as an […]
Jan 22, 2013
A North Korean army (or is it Chinese?)  invades Spokane in the remake of Red Dawn, opening this weekend. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

North Koreans invade Spokane, xenophobia invades box office

A sunny morning in Spokane — shaggy green lawns, puffy clouds and compact SUVs parked outside of 100-year-old houses. Then a boom, a rattling snow globe featuring the Space Needle and the blue sky fills with white parachutes. The North Koreans have just invaded Washington state. To children of the ’80s this might sound vaguely […]
Nov 23, 2012