Film

Hugo Lucitante pilots a boat on the Ecuadorian Amazon, on the land of the Cofan people, which is threatened by oil extraction. (Photo courtesy Oil and Water)

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Local documentary, “Oil & Water,” tells the story of an Ecuadorean tribe endangered by global warming and oil extraction, an ambassador from that tribe in Seattle and his friendship with a man who helps certify oil companies as environmentally friendly.

Shanta Darnal attended school in Kathmandu thanks to Western donations. (Photo by Amy Benson)

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Girls’ education is often seen as a panacea for global development. One promising Nepalese student's suicide reveals a more complicated picture.

Director Peres Owino (left) on set of her documentary "Bound: Africans versus African Americans" premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend. (Photo by Nyar Nam Productions)

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Two little boys dig in the sand on an empty beach, the blue ocean behind them reflecting a dazzling sun. An off-screen narrator describes...

Exchange students try their hands at American football (with mixed results) in a still from "We Are Unity"

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Seven foreign exchange students move to a tiny Oregon town and join the football team to make friends. No, it's not the latest Will Ferrell movie.

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In a large corner office lined with bookcases at the Seattle International Film Festival’s Film Center, Carl Spence is busy gearing up for the...

Dede Adhanom's son King holding family photo in a still from "Unified Struggle." (Courtesy of Guerrilla Films)

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Giday “Dede” Adhanom is a mother of three living in Seattle, who has devoted most of her life to activism. She’s worked on issues...

Still from "Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border"

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“Latin America is the region of open veins. Everything from the discovery until our times has always been transmuted into European — or later,...

Still from "Bethlehem" about an Israeli secret service officer and his Palestinian informant, playing at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

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One perk of living 2,000 years in the diaspora: great material for an international film festival!

Vanna Fut breakdancing in front of a crowd. (Photo courtesy of Vanna Fut)

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When I asked Vanna Fut, the subject of the recent biopic “Raskal Love,” to introduce himself, he simply said: “birth name Vanna Fut, and the street calls me Big Lazy.”

In "Beijing Meets Seattle" Actress Tang Wei plays a materialistic woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to the child of her married Beijing lover.

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Chinese blockbuster "Beijing Meets Seattle" has a young generation in China swooning over our city.

Jeremy Lin documentary "Linsanity" will open the festival on Feb. 6.

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The long yet not-so-illustrious history of Asian Americans in film includes such blots as the submissive woman and Dragon Lady types, the geek who provides...

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Join the Seattle Globalist Thursday for a screening of The Square, and Q & A with director Jehane Noujaim. Three years ago, on January 24th 2011,...

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The films of the Nordic Lights Festival next weekend at SIFF are a testament to our cultural kinship with Scandinavia. A boy slumps into a...

Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

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Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle's South Asian community has a growing passion for film. Rita Meher had been a U.S. citizen...

A still from The Light in Her Eyes, a film about women practicing conservative Islam, which screens in Tacoma next week. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

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Film Forward, a touring program that will show movies from around the world at various venues in Seattle and Tacoma next week, aims to...

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A new film out of Indonesia takes an unflinching look into the dark heart of political violence. When you think of the worst humanitarian disasters...

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More must-see global cinema from week four of the Seattle International Film Festival. The world's largest film festival is in it's final week, but there are...

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More must-see global cinema from week three of the Seattle International Film Festival. If you're like me, you can really only see two or three...

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A new film about Rwanda's burgeoning film industry shows how the collective moviegoing experience has the power to heal the scars of genocide. I love...

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With 447 films from 85 countries, deciding what to see at the Seattle International Film Festival, May 16-June 9, can be daunting.  So let...