Month: December 2008

Red Dawn, 1984 (Remember when American Movies fantasized about Russian Invasions?)

Well, coincidentally, this Russian invasion film happened just around the time that the Soviet-Afghan war was at its thickest and Afghans were winning popular American support. Americans scared the crap out of themselves and little-me had nightmares of the Russians invading Brooklyn. The first scene is especially traumatic! The commies invade just as the high school […]

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War Inc. (Brilliant)

Tartarous the Noble insisted, no made it a requirement in order to rightfully continue to watch this film. So we watched it yesterday and he was right! How did this amazing film have such a short theatrical run? Oh… because its smart, political and critiques the current wars! Here is a trailer and some clips. […]

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Permanent Transit by Mariam Ghani in collaboration with Zohra Saed, Qasim Naqvi and Edward Potter

Review of Permanent Transit July 2008: Undisclosed Recipients: database documentaries and the Internet Dale Hudson Amherst College Abstract This article argues that new media disrupt the linear structures conventionally ascribed to documentary, emphasizing spatiality and relationality. On the Internet, ‘database documentaries’ facilitate selection and recombination of ‘documents’ (audio-visual evidence) through user acts, hypertext, algorithms and […]

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Tahir i Zuhra Dir. Nabi Ganiev (1946)

Directed by : Nabi GANIEV (Наби ГАНИЕВ) Release date in Russia : 16/11/1946 Plot synopsis During WWII, the base of Soviet moviemaking operations shifted to the east. Eisenstein shot his glorious Ivan the Terrible in Almaty, and there were many films shot in Uzbekistan. Including this glorious period piece, based on the Uzbek Romeo and […]

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New York Theater Review

New York Theater Review (2008) Full script of the Asian American “Undesirable Elements” that I was a part of can be found in the New York Theater Review. The theater work was part of the first Asian Pacific American Theater Festival (2007). Here is a description of the project: Theatrical innovator’s Ping Chong’s “Undesirable Elements” […]

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The Uyghur Poet Queen

This movie is based on the life and work of Amannisahan who is a writer,poetess,musician and queen of the Yarkend (Yeken) Uyghur kingdom in 16th century. Educated by her father, a distinguished musician of his time, and supported by her husband Abdurishithan,the king of Yarkend Uyghur kingdom, she devoted her life to the collection and […]

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