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

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
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

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

“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

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

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

SIFF picks of the week

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

SIFF picks of the week

More must-see global cinema from week three of the Seattle International Film Festival.
May 28, 2013

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

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

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

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