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From Asia’s most innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.

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THE CHIEF OF YANCHENG DISTRICT

Film

THE CHIEF OF YANCHENG DISTRICT

Directed by Adiong Lu
There once was a song / about sensuous spirits / that had everyone in Taiwan / aching to…
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A FIRST FAREWELL

Film

A FIRST FAREWELL

Directed by Wang Lina
In this tender ode to Uyghur life, young farmboy Isa tries to hold it all together with the…
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A FRENCH WOMAN

Film

A FRENCH WOMAN

Directed by Kim Hee-jung
Once a promising actor, middle-aged Mira heads straight from a divorce and a lifetime in Paris to reunite…
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FROM TOMORROW ON, I WILL

Film

FROM TOMORROW ON, I WILL

Directed by Ivan Marković, Linfeng Wu
Migrant workers in Beijing share an underground apartment, sleeping in shifts. A delivery man works all day while…
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THE HOUSE OF US

Film

THE HOUSE OF US

Directed by Yoon Ga-eun
Fed up with her parents’ fighting, 12-year-old Ha-Na finds solace in friendship with two young sisters she meets…
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LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING

Film

LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING

Directed by Kavich Neang
The iconic “White Building” of Phnom Penh, home to 493 families including the director’s own, is set to…
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MANOHAR & I

Film

MANOHAR & I

Directed by Amitabha Chaterji
A love note to storytelling and the everyday people of Calcutta, an unlikely friendship develops between a young…
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PRESENT. PERFECT.

Film

PRESENT. PERFECT.

Directed by Shengzhe Zhu
Shengzhe Zhu takes a deep dive into the phenomena of DIY live-streaming in China and emerges with a…
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THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS

Film

THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS

Directed by Yosep Anggi Noen
After witnessing a faked moon landing in 1960s Indonesia, Siman’s tongue gets cut off, rendering him a possessed…
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VAI

Film

VAI

Directed by ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Dianna Fuemana, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Matasila Freshwater, Miria George, Nicole Whippy
From the producers of Waru, the profound and poetic life story of Vai--from struggling young girl to ceremonial…
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WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

Film

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

Directed by Mariam Ghani
Long thought disappeared, five unfinished films reveal the scrappy directors and studios who persisted amidst the whims and…
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WILD SPARROW

Film

WILD SPARROW

Directed by Shih Li
Deep in the Taiwan mountains, quiet young Han’s life with his great grandma is interrupted when his absentee…