Category Archives: Movie Reviews

March 25

World Premiere**“LADY BUDS” Official Selection – 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

**World Premiere**“LADY BUDS”Official Selection – 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival LADY BUDS**World Premiere**Official Selection – 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Director:Chris J. Russo  Synopsis:  Following the widely praised 2016 decision to legalize cannabis in California, six courageous women emerge from the shadows to enter the new commercial industry. As farmers, entrepreneurs and […]

March 19

“COLLECTIVE” The two-time Oscar nominee everyone is talking about.Director: Alexander Nanau

Collective The two-time Oscar nominee everyone is talking about.DI rector: Alexander Nanau | 109 min | 2019 | Romania, Luxembourg | Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Already purchased?Click “Watch Now” & view the film. Streaming until April 29th  WATCH NOWGET CINEMA TICKETS When a catastrophic fire at a Bucharest nightclub leads to the mysterious death of […]

March 08

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CONVERSATIONABOUT NASRINSOTOUDEH AND HUMAN RIGHTS 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA, THE GLOBAL JUSTICE CENTER, AND THE FEMINIST MAJORITY FOUNDATION PRESENT AP INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CONVERSATIONABOUT NASRINSOTOUDEH AND HUMAN RIGHTS  Banned Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Will Present a Message During Panel “Nasrin Sotoudeh should win the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a hero of our time, bravelychallenging misogyny and dictatorship.”– Nicholas Kristof, The New YorkTimes RSVP:https://amnestyusa-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YupiS2O9TFOKuvWewnyJEw Monday, March 8, 2021 – New York, […]

March 07

Land of Big Numbers (Mariner, 2021), a collection of 10 short stories by Te-Ping Chen

In my junior year of college, I  had the chance to study abroad. I chose Rennes, France, because I wanted to live with a French family—I wanted to be forced to speak, think, dream in French. In the eight months leading up to the trip, I sweated and saved, packed and repacked, and conjugated verb […]

March 03

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE and MTV DOCUMENTARY FILMS Presents-“76 DAYS”DIRECTED, PRODUCED & EDITED BY HAO WU PRODUCED BY JEAN TSIEN

76 DAYSDIRECTED, PRODUCED & EDITED BY HAO WUPRODUCED BY JEAN TSIENDIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITORHAO WU,PRODUCER JEAN TSIEN and DIRECTOR – DIVISION OF PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE ATCEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER PETER CHEN, M.D. ACADEMY AWARD® WINNING FILMMAKERFREIDA LEE MOCK 76 DAYS IS INCLUDED ON THE OSCAR® SHORTLIST OF FILMS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATIONFOR THIS YEAR’S ACADEMY AWARD® FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE “RIVETING. ASTONISHINGLY […]

March 02

ISLANDS-Directed and Written by Martin Edralin Produced by Martin Edralin, Priscilla Galvez

ISLANDS-Directed and Written by Martin EdralinProduced by Martin Edralin, Priscilla GalvezStarring Rogelio Balagtas, Sheila Lotuaco, Esteban Comilang,Vangie Alcasid, Pablo Quiogue, Isys Szuky, Maximus Szuky WORLD PREMIERE – 2021 SXSW Film Festival – Narrative Competition About ISLANDSJoshua, a timid, middle-aged Filipino immigrant has lived in the comfort of his parents’ home his entire life. He pleads with God to find […]

March 02

PERIODS DON’T STOP FOR PANDEMICS: AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY ON PERIOD POVERTY HITS ALL MAJOR STREAMING PLATFORMS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

PERIODS DON’T STOP FOR PANDEMICS:  AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY ON PERIOD POVERTY HITS ALL MAJOR STREAMING PLATFORMS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY  Urgent and timely Canadian film Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation, headed by female production team, releases on March 8th.Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation streams March 8th.March 1, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – From IR Films, a co-production company founded by Media One Creative and Diva International, makers of the DivaCup, and Canadian Screen […]

February 19

Now Transmitting: Highlights from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

The Circle Cinema Satellite Screen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By Virginia YappWednesday, February 17th, 2021 In our 40 years as an Institute, we’ve never hosted a Sundance Film Festival quite like 2021’s. And that’s thanks in large part to you, our adventurous audiences from all 50 states and 120 countries, who joined us (and our friends at […]

February 01

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s -FIRST VOTE Directed by Yi Chen

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s FIRST VOTE offers unparalleled access to a diverse cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans. The film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms and explores the intersections between immigration, voting rights, and racial justice. Directed by Yi Chen, a […]

January 31

A-DOC: ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK AND OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS CONTENDERS

A-DOC: ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK AND OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS CONTENDERS A-DOC            http://bit.ly/adoc-youtubeOYEATMF      https://bit.ly/39u0iua ABOUT:  A-DOC:ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORKA-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.  Asian American documentary filmmakers […]

January 30

CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA (CAAM) IN ASSOCIATION WITH MTV DOCUMENTARY FILMS PRESENTS -FINDING YINGYING DIRECT BY-JIAYAN “JENNY” SHI

Yingying Zhang, was a 26-year-old Chinese student, who comes to the U.S. to study. In her detailed and beautiful diaries, the aspiring young scientist and teacher is full of optimism, hoping to also be married and a mother someday. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from the campus. Through exclusive access to Yingying’s family […]

January 24

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY – “SOFTIE” DIRECTED BY SAM SOKO

“A marvel of narrative storytelling…”-Filmmaker Magazine“A compelling act of defiance”“a powerful and personal election biopic… as intimate as it is brave”-The Film Stage“…tremendous film”-The Times (UK)  “…RIVETING!” – VarietyBoniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan […]

January 22

“HUMAN NATURE”-The Story Of CRISPER.The Most Important Scientific Discovery Of The 21st Century

HUMAN NATURE is currently streaming on NETFLIX ABOUT HUMAN NATUREHUMAN NATURE is a provocative exploration of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st century—and it isn’t digital, it’s biological. CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life and opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. […]

January 20

DOCUMENTARY“BEDLAM” – DIRECTED BY DR. KEN ROSENBERG PRODUCED BY PETER MILLER<An intimate journey Into the America’s mental health crisis

BEDLAM is set in Los Angeles and is the first major documentary to explore the crisis in the care of severely mentally-ill citizens. Judge Songhai Armstead, Exec. Director, Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative/County of Los Angeles (Proposition J), George Gascon, LA County DA, The Honorable Patrick Kennedy, Dr. Jonathan E. Sherin, Director, LA County Dept. of Mental […]

January 19

“PANDEMIC19” A Film by Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins

PANDEMIC19 A Film by Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins Executive Produced by Jean Tsien and Donald Young Audience Award Winner – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 Special Jury Mention – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 Winner – SPE Media Festival 2021 Official Selection – SFFILM Doc Stories 2020 “…a poignant document…this film feels alive […]