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Unknown Pleasures

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

Unknown Pleasures

A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING

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A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING

Directed by Payal Kapadia
India’s violent legacies of casteism and religious discrimination haunt the grainy black-and-white images in Payal Kapadia’s trance-like feature…
Unknown Pleasures

A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES

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A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES

Directed by Shengze Zhu
Shengze Zhu’s melancholic meditation on industrialization and homesickness, set at the banks of the Yangtze River in her…
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ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS

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ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS

Directed by Wang Qiong
Filmmaker Qiong Wang excavates the dramatic impact of China’s one-child policy on her and her siblings’ upbringings. Approaching…
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DAYS BEFORE THE MILLENNIUM

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DAYS BEFORE THE MILLENNIUM

Directed by Chang Teng-yuan
Like many Southeast Asian women in the 1990s, Van Tue moves to Taiwan and marries a Taiwanese man,…
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KIM MIN-YOUNG OF THE REPORT CARD

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KIM MIN-YOUNG OF THE REPORT CARD

Directed by Lee Jae-eun, Lim Jisun
Back in high school, Jung-hee and Min-young imagined their future lives as young Korean women through their poetry…
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THE MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART

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THE MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART

Directed by Juan Martín Hsu
Filmmaker Juan Martín Hsu travels from Argentina to Taiwan to visit his mother, intending to investigate the circumstances…
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WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE

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WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE

Directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad
After Typhoon Haiyan hits, a son, his mother, and his friend navigate an uncanny city in ruins, targeting…
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WRITING WITH FIRE

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WRITING WITH FIRE

Directed by Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
India’s only all-female newspaper, Khabar Lahariya, is founded and run by Dalit (formerly “untouchable”) women. Rintu Thomas and…