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WE DON’T DANCE FOR NOTHING

WE DON’T DANCE FOR NOTHING is a photo-montage love letter to the Filipina Domestic Workers of Hong Kong. This visual recreation of true memories shared by this community of 400,000 women (millions globally) follows one woman’s plan to run away. Captured on Super-16 amidst the Hong Kong Protests, stills blend with motion to highlight the …

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THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

For Pakistani refugees, there’s little sunshine on either side of the unwelcome Hong Kong streets where they are forced to live on the edge. They can’t work to earn a living, while often waiting years for their asylum claims to be heard. Some turn to crime, while others are forced to eke by on the …

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PLAN 75

Chie Hayakawa’s PLAN 75, which had its world premiere at Cannes, is a beautifully humanist tale that inventively uses Japan’s aging population crisis as a conceit for a dystopian tale that looks at the value of life. Legislation has passed to fix Japan’s “aging problem;” Anyone over the age of seventy-five can apply for government-funded …

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NEXT DOOR

For the past five years, Chan-woo has been trying to enlist in the police academy. Although he is obsessed in applying even after a litany of rejections, he is a ubiquitous slacker, and can’t even afford to pay for the application fees, resulting in him asking his friend to lend him money. His friend agrees …

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LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE

Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his …

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EM & TRINH

EM AND TRINH (Em và Trinh) tells the life story of Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001), one of Vietnam’s greatest songwriters. Often dubbed as Vietnam’s Bob Dylan, Trinh lived a prolific career that stretched through the latter half of the 20th century, during which he composed hundreds of love songs, revered by generations of Vietnamese, as …

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DEMIGOD: THE LEGEND BEGINS

When he ignores his master Eight-Toed Qilin’s advice, martial world fledgling Su Huan-Jen is caught up in a perilous power struggle because of his friend Yu Huan. Ensnared in a conspiracy that even his own master cannot escape from, Su Huan-Jen must turn back the tide and stop the evil mastermind once and for all… …

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