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Ontorjatra

Ontorjatra (Bengali: অর্ন্তযাত্রা; English: Homeland)  Director:  Tareque and Catherine Masud Country: Bangladesh Year: 2006 After 15 years abroad, Shireen and her son Sohel return to Bangladesh to attend the memorial service for Sohel’s father. After getting a divorce when Sohel was … Continue reading

Japan Cuts 2016

JAPAN CUTS 2016

JAPAN CUTS is back and it is their 10th anniversary. JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest celebration of new Japanese cinema in North America, is 11 days of blockbusters, documentaries, animations, new classics and avant-garde from Japan’s latest … Continue reading

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Sardaarji

Sardaarji (ਸਰਦਾਰ) Director: Rohit Jugraj Country: India (Punjabi) Year: 2015 Jaggi, or “Sardaarji,” is a talented ghost hunter from rural Punjab, India. Emotionally immature, he is waiting to find his “queen witch:” the prettiest and most wonderful female ghost, who … Continue reading

JSA

The Demilitarized Soldier of Joint Security Area [VIDEO ESSAY]

Joint Security Area (JSA) ( 공동경비구역) Director: Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2000 Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area is on one level a moving drama, but on another is an all-too rare argument against the cynicism that pervades our thoughts … Continue reading

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Neerja

Neerja Director: Ram Madhvani Country: India (Hindi, English, Arabic) Year: 2016 Find Neerja on Amazon. On September 5th, 1986, Palestinian terrorists hijack Pan Am flight 73 while it waits on the tarmac at the Karachi airport. The head purser of … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Beautiful Darkness: Analysis of Ghost in the Shell 2 [VIDEO ESSAY]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (攻殻機動隊 イノセンス) Director: Mamoru Oshii Country: Japan Year: 2004 A sequel worthy of the same praise as its original, Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is understandably a tough nut to crack. Taking a … Continue reading