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2020’s Better Tomorrows! Congrats to Parasite

Aditya Tuesday February 11, 2020

The victory of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, at the 92nd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars), is a clear sign of global change.

Bong Joon Ho / Parasite
Still from Parasite by Bong Joon-ho

 

It signals that this award will no longer be only American. This is also recognition of the existence of other cinemas, especially the Asian cinema in Hollywood. Parasite was acknowledged as the best film and won three other awards – for best director, best screenwriter and best international feature.

The history of cinema is being written on our eyes! For the first time, the most prestigious cinema awards were given to one film - the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film festival, the Best Asian film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Oscars. For the first time, we see such unanimous acclaim of one film. Can we consider it as a real victory for Asian cinema? Yes surely, and Korean cinema that began its journey to victory in the beginning of 1980s has successfully arrived. Through this film, we understand that the world has become truly global, as are all the problems highlighted in it.

- by Gulnara Abikeyeva
Netpac Board Member, Film Critic and Academic, Kazakhstan

SHAOYI SUN TRIBUTE

Aditya Thursday August 22, 2019
I met Shaoyi in May, 1999 when he was a USC student and hired him to assist me in starting an Asia Pacific Media Center (APMC) at USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication. Help, he did, and continued after APMC morphed into Asia Pacific Films, a company that streamed curated films from Asia and the Pacific Islands to educational institutions.
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SUN Shaoyi - Another Gem says goodbye.

Aditya Saturday August 17, 2019
Born in 1961, Prof. SUN Shaoyi did a Masters and a Ph.D from the University of Southern California (USC). He was Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai Theater Academy (STA), taught Chinese film and literature at USC, University of California at Irvine, National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan), Shanghai University and New York University in Shanghai.
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Jocelyne Saab – A Woman of Grit, A Filmmaker of Substance

Aditya Thursday January 17, 2019
Jocelyne Saab, widely considered one of the most important contemporary Arab filmmakers, passed away after a brave and difficult battle with cancer on 7 January. Although death had long been hovering, many of us in contact only through texting or phoning, were taken by surprise, as the usual season's greetings had been exchanged with no hint that this beloved member of our film community would leave us within a week.
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A book on Sri Lankan Actress Malini Fonseka

Aditya Friday December 28, 2018
Malini Fonseka is unquestionably the greatest living film actress in Sri Lanka. Over the past half a century she has succeeded in exercising a profound and far-reaching influence on the cinematic imagination of the country. There is no doubt that she has left an indelible mark on the history of Sri Lankan cinema.
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Asia Pacific Screen Lab - Griffith Film School

Aditya Monday August 21, 2017
Herman Van Eyken, Chair of the CILECT Asia Pacific Association, Philip Cheah, Advisor to NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema), Ki Yong Park (Founder Asian Film Academy), and and Anne Demy-Geroe (Vice-President NETPAC), with the support of NETPAC, the Sun Foundation, Temenggong Artists in Residence and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy have worked assiduously since 2010 towards the development of the Asia Pacific Screen Laboratory (APSL).
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Congratulations Bong Joon Ho

Congratulations to Bong Joon-ho TXmvGYanrJgMzRNgaSEK The victory of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, at the 92nd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars), is a clear sign of global change. The history of cinema is being written on our eyes! For the first time, the most prestigious cinema awards were given to one film - the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film festival, the Best Asian film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Oscars. For the first time, we see such unanimous acclaim of one film. Can we consider it as a real victory for Asian cinema? Yes surely, and Korean cinema that began its journey to victory in the beginning of 1980s has successfully arrived. Through this film, we understand that the world has become truly global, as are all the problems highlighted in it.

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