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'Mia Madre' unpacks the burdens that women carry

Mar 16, 2016

'Mia Madre' unpacks the burdens that women carry

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Why does the burden of balancing work, family and sanity almost always ends up on the shoulders of women? Hints can be gathered in “Mia Madre,” winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film’s female ...

Needs of post-3/11 Tohoku stay in focus for filmmakers

Mar 11, 2016

Needs of post-3/11 Tohoku stay in focus for filmmakers

The dramatic imagery that emerged from the disasters of the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, documented so extensively by mainstream and social media, is hard to forget. However, there were and still are many stories to be told about the people who were ...

The Greek auteur who cooked up 'The Lobster'

Mar 9, 2016

The Greek auteur who cooked up 'The Lobster'

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When a gifted director ditches their native tongue and starts working in English, it can be a fraught process. For every Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, there’s a Wong Kar-wai or Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose career still hasn’t recovered since he parlayed the Oscar triumph ...

Asian-American jab at Oscars reveals deeper diversity woes

Mar 6, 2016

Asian-American jab at Oscars reveals deeper diversity woes

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TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan was reveling in Oscar host Chris Rock’s deft comedic assault on white-fixated Hollywood. Then three Asian-American kids were brought onstage for a gag mocking them as ethnic stereotypes. “It’s like going on a road trip with ...

Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima

Mar 4, 2016

Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima

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Freelance journalist Mizue Furui is a frequent visitor to a small housing complex in northeastern Japan for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster. While domestic issues are not her field, she found herself drawn to Fukushima by parallels she saw between ...

The true cost of your iPhone is hard to stomach

Mar 2, 2016

The true cost of your iPhone is hard to stomach

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‘Information should be free” was one of the mantras of the IT revolution, promising a new era of civic openness. But though the economy of “Big Tech” is largely based on its ability to harvest and monetize your personal information, corporations display no openness ...