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Author: Matt Turner

Cinema Is Memory: An Interview with Liryc Dela Cruz

Born in Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, Liryc Dela Cruz is a young, intelligent, and thoughtful filmmaker, one of many making independent films in (and about) the country. Though still in the early stages of his career, he has directed a number of short films in the last few years, including: “Philippine Press” (2010), “Skype” (2012), “Remembrances of the New Year” (2015) and “Memories of the Waves” (2015). His short film “The Ebb of Forgetting” (2015) was selected for the Locarno Film Festival’s Leopards of Tomorrow section, gaining him favorable attention as well as comparisons to...

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Steady Rise of Chinese Documentaries: Report from IDFA

Documentary filmmaking has been flourishing in China for a number of years, but in the last year or so it has achieved much more international visibility, with festivals programming Chinese documentaries with more frequency as their critical reception broadens. The most obvious demonstration is the work of one of the world’s greatest working documentarians, Wang Bing who, after producing titan length documentaries since 2003’s Tie Xi Qu, has of late seen something of a second wave. In just over 12 months, he has had three documentaries (Ta’ang, Bitter Money and Mrs Fang) at festivals, an extensive retrospective at Kassel’s...

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