Burmese film star turned political activist Kyaw Thu, who is in Seattle this month promoting a film about his life. (Courtesy photo by Myint Myint Khin Pe)

‘Burma’s Brad Pitt’ walks a fine line for political reform

Kyaw Thu, leading man of Burmese film, endured decades of blacklisting and imprisonment in one of the world’s toughest military regimes. He's in Seattle this month to share his story.
Sep 2, 2016
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Streaming down to Rio: Eight great Brazilian films to watch tonight

Practice your Portuguese and get a taste of the country that's hosting this summer's Olympics with these eight fantastic Brazilian films.
Jul 19, 2016
The movie "Tanna" was filmed entirely in Vanuatu. (Photo courtesy SIFF.)

The top 10 SIFF movies I’m dying to see

These ten recommendations for the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival span the globe.
May 23, 2016
Hedieh Tehrani in Asghar Farhadi’s "Fireworkds Wednesday" Photo courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

Iran film “Fireworks Wednesday” probes marital tensions amid Persian New Year celebration

Director Asghar Farhadi's 2006 drama features acclaimed actor Taraneh Alidoosti. The movie is screening at Sundance Cinemas in Seattle starting April 22.
Apr 20, 2016
"Cemetery of Splendor" is an enigmatic film, made before the 2014 junta in Thailand. (Photo courtesy Strand Releasing.)

Thai film “Cemetery of Splendor” blends surrealism and fear

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will not show his film "Cemetery Of Splendor" in Thailand because of heightened censorship after a 2014 coup.
Mar 9, 2016
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Documentary Zona Intangible explores meaning of home

Sponsor post: Forthcoming documentary Zona Intangible is named for the signs that ring Manchay, Peru: This zone is off-limits. Don’t build here. And yet, people do.
Dec 16, 2015
Diana Elizabeth Torres depicts Juana in "East Side Sushi." (Photo courtesy of Blue Sun Pictures)

“East Side Sushi” pushes gender barriers in a cross-ethnic culinary setting

The "East Side Sushi" premiere in Seattle is sure to raise questions about gender, culture and food.
Nov 12, 2015
Doğan İzci (center) steals the show in "Sivas," part of the Seattle Turkish Film Festival this weekend.

Turkish Film Festival offers immersion into a country in turmoil

Seattle Turkish Film Festival, now in its third year, runs through the weekend at Pacific Place in Seattle.
Nov 6, 2015
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Top 5 things to do in Seattle this October

Forrest Baum's guide to the most fun, most Globalist events in Seattle in October.
Sep 30, 2015
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Top 5 things to do in Seattle this September

Seattle in September means we're back to rain, but don't start hibernating yet! There are plenty of great options for fun both outside and in.
Sep 5, 2015
Members of N.W.A. as depicted in the new film 'Straight Outta Compton,' which opened to big audiences and beefed up security at movie theaters last weekend.

Straight outta patience with white fear

Movie theaters beefed up security for 'Straight Outta Compton,' a reminder that not much has changed since N.W.A.'s heyday. Black lives still matter less than white fear.
Aug 18, 2015
Members of the Central Area Senior Center Sliders Dance Group learn some West African moves at the November World Dance Party. (The World Dance Party held at the Filipino Community Center in November. (Photo by Steven Zhang)

Top 5 things to do in Seattle this June

It's June, and that means Seattle is bursting with fun. We've scoured the Globalist Calendar and come up with five events you won't want to miss!
Jun 4, 2015
"Steak (Re)volution" documents the practices of the top beef producers in the world. (Photo courtesy SIFF.)

Culinary Cinema: SIFF 2015 offers films for food lovers

This year, SIFF is a place where the food-obsessed can really let loose. With its Culinary Cinema program, SIFF rolled out 11 films for foodies, including seven international films.
May 25, 2015
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Translations puts the global transgender experience on the big screen

This weekend's Translations film festival includes over 40 films exploring the global transgender experience.
May 8, 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.
Apr 22, 2015
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‘Desert Dancer’ film’s Western bias denies audiences a more accurate view of Iran

Do "Desert Dancer" producers equate "positive" with depicting Iranians as Westerners?
Apr 17, 2015
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
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