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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

Liberation DocFest Bangladesh Inviting Entries for its 8th Edition

Aditya Monday January 6, 2020
From this year, we are inviting films for international competition section. Our competition program is looking for creative, innovative, non-fiction films on human rights issue with a maximum length of 60 minutes. Films completed after December 31, 2016 are eligible for international competition.
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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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International Women's Day

We are pleased to bring to you, for the second year, our International Women’s Day screening!

Free online screening | 8th March

IWD theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge - Ubolsyn herself completely embraces the theme!

This year we invite you to a special free online screening of ULBOLSYN from director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Our sincere thanks to the producers, Guillaume de Seille and Olga Khlasheva, for their generosity and their efforts in facilitating the screening.

Ulbolsyn Source Poffdotee

The film tells the story of a girl named Ulbolsyn (Kazakh for ‘let there be a son’) whose little sister Azhar is kidnapped by the regional mayor’s brother Urgen for marital purposes and taken away to his village. Ulbolsyn wants her sister to be free and to enter her into a foreign university so that she can pursue a future career. As soon as she learns about the incident, Ulbolsyn decides to fight for her sister and face down the patriarchal world of the people living in the Karatas village.

The film is the recipient of the NETPAC Award in Tallinn Black Nights and TRT award in CineLink Sarajevo WIP 2020

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