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Top 5 things to do in Seattle this June

A Euro-mazing Pride event, Filipino film fest, and a orchestra made of trash round out our top 5 things to do in Seattle this June.
Jun 1, 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
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
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
Former gang members work with A Better LA to foster peace being a bridge between the community and the police. (Photo by LTO, LLC.)

Documentary on A Better L.A. shows potential for A Better Seattle

Former gang members are helping with peacekeeping through a Los Angeles organization. A Better Seattle brings similar concepts here.
Jun 16, 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
Natnael Moges and Eyobe Alemu play two boys living in the Yesler Terrace housing project in the 1990's in the short film "Hagereseb."

What Seattle is losing in Yesler Terrace redevelopment

Two short films playing at SIFF this weekend present the changing face of the Yesler Terrace housing project.
May 21, 2015
Prepare to be thrilled with international horror flicks like "Cub" pictured above (Photo via horrorfilmcentral.com).

Foreign horror selections at SIFF prove fear is universal

Tired of Hollywood abusing your favorite genre? Here are five foreign horror film picks playing at SIFF that do it justice.
May 18, 2015
"Romeo is Bleeding" documents a poet who reworks "Romeo and Juliet" into a story about the ongoing gang war in Richmond, California. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Film Festival.)

Highlighting Artivism: “Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” at SIFF

“Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” tell parallel stories of fire, violence, bearing witness, and the power of art as activism.
May 16, 2015
Be watching. (Photo courtesy of Seattle International Film Festival)

Make me laugh: 5 worldwide comedies you don’t want to miss at SIFF

Learn to laugh in a different language with these global comedies lighting up the screen at SIFF this year.
May 14, 2015
Ala'a Basatneh sits in her Seattle hotel room. Basatneh and  Piscatello have spent the last seven months debuting the #ChicagoGirl film in Europe. Seattle is its first American debut

Photo by Alisa Reznick

#Chicagogirl brings Syrian activism to SIFF

Meet the Syrian college student who helped lead the revolution from her laptop in Chicago.
May 20, 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
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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
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
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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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SIFF pick resurrects Cambodia’s forgotten film industry

Inside the gutted remains of a 1000-seat movie theater that now is home to hundreds of squatters, an old woman sits with a baby in her lap and retells the plot of a Cambodian movie she loved as a child. The movie she speaks of probably no longer exists, destroyed under the reign of the Khmer […]
May 30, 2012
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SIFF film picks from Africa

Of the 460-odd films from 64 different countries playing at SIFF this year, only a thin slice hail from Africa. To be fair to the SIFF programmers, they can only screen the films that get submitted, and only a few African countries have robust film scenes. But c’mon – only 5 features and 4 shorts? […]
May 20, 2012
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Five fantastic foreign films playing at SIFF 2012

The Seattle International Film Festival returns May 17, boasting a line-up of 459 films including 24 feature films making their world premiere. And as usual, this year’s lineup stays true to the International in “Seattle International Film Festival” with a ton of foreign films that you probably won’t get another chance to see. To help you cull through […]
Apr 27, 2012