21st Century Cinema

21st Century Cinema

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  • Fisting: Never Tear Us Apart

    Episode 1

    Directed by Whammy Alcazaren • 2018 • Philippines
    Starring Ricky Davao, Meryll Soriano, Jasmine Curtis-Smith

    Shot entirely on a vertically oriented iPhone, this daring, provocative feature from boundary-pushing auteur Whammy Alcazaren is an intimate immersion into the secret inner worlds of an a...

  • Somewhere a Destination

    Episode 2

    Directed by Celeste Lapida • 2021 • Philippines
    Starring Celeste Lapida

    “ . . . people who move away from the gender they were assigned at birth [. . .] want to strike out toward some new location, some space not yet clearly defined or concretely occupied; [. . .] the movement across a socially ...

  • First Person Plural

    Episode 3

    Directed by Deann Borshay Liem • 2000 • United States
    Starring Deann Borshay Liem

    In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated, until recurring dreams lead Deann ...

  • Oh, Saigon

    Episode 4

    Directed by Doan Hoang • 2007 • United States
    Starring Nam Hoang, Van Tran, Anne Hoang

    Doan Hoang’s family was airlifted out of Vietnam on April 30, 1975, on the last civilian helicopter to leave the country at the end of the Vietnam War. Years later, she sets out to uncover their story. Her fat...

  • Rocks in a Windless Wadi

    Episode 5

    Directed by EJ Gagui • 2022 • Philippines

    Three men describe their long-buried childhood traumas as mysterious, ghostly images shot around a wadi flicker before our eyes.

  • Bernie

    Episode 6

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2011 • United States
    Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey

    A stranger-than-fiction true story provides the basis for this arrestingly offbeat black comedy from Richard Linklater. Bernie (a marvelous Jack Black) is a much-loved mortician in sma...

  • Dikit

    Episode 7

    Directed by Gabriela Serrano • 2021 • Philippines
    Starring Mariana Serrano, Mika Zarcal, Jarrett Cross Pinto

    A young woman with a monstrous secret desperately longs for a different body. When the new couple in town moves in next door, she sees her chance to finally get one.

  • When I Walk

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jason DaSilva • 2013 • United States
    Starring Alice Cook, Jason DaSilva

    Facing a life-altering multiple-sclerosis diagnosis at age twenty-five, filmmaker Jason DaSilva picked up a camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-d...

  • For My Alien Friend

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jet Leyco • 2019 • Philippines

    A lone stranger broadcasts fragments of life he has witnessed on Earth to an extraterrestrial friend, hoping to make a connection across space and time and to communicate the human experience to other beings. Spanning the cosmic and the comical, Jet Ley...

  • the river that never ends

    Episode 10

    Directed by JT Trinidad • 2022 • Philippines
    Starring Emerald Romero, Hesus Deligero, Ron Go

    Along a river undergoing major development, Baby, a middle-aged trans woman, shuttles between her job as a companion-for-hire for strangers and her duty to her father. As the people around Baby start to ...

  • Cleaners

    Episode 11

    Directed by Glenn Barit • 2019 • Philippines
    Starring Ianna Taguinod, Leomar Baloran, Julian Narag

    At a Catholic high school in the Philippine city of Tuguegarao, a rambunctious batch of students rebel against all expectations to be clean: a germaphobe is tested by a bout of uncontrollable diarr...

  • 95 and 6 to Go

    Episode 12

    Directed by Kimi Takesue • 2016 • United States

    Filmmaker Kimi Takesue finds an unlikely collaborator while visiting her grandfather Tom in Hawai’i. A recent widower in his nineties, Tom seems content to go about his daily routines until he shows surprising interest in his granddaughter’s stalle...

  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky

    Episode 13

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 2012 • Japan
    Starring Yasuko Matsuyuki, Masahiro Takashima, Natsuki Harada

    In the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, journalist Reiko Endo (Yasuko Matsuyuki) travels to the city of Nagaoka as it prepares for an annual fireworks festival memorializing the fallen v...

  • Hanagatami

    Episode 14

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 2017 • Japan
    Starring Shunsuke Kubozuka, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Keishi Nagatsuka

    After being diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer at the age of eighty, Nobuhiko Obayashi set out to fulfill his filmmaking dream: an adaptation of a 1937 novella by Kazuo Dan that th...

  • Seven Weeks

    Episode 15

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 2014 • Japan
    Starring Toru Shinagawa, Takako Tokiwa, Yumi Adachi

    In his follow-up to CASTING BLOSSOMS TO THE SKY, Nobuhiko Obayashi continues to explore themes of lost love, memory, war, and art. At 2:46 PM on March 11, 2013, Mitsuo Suzuki (Toru Shinagawa) takes h...

  • It’s Raining Frogs Outside

    Episode 16

    Directed by Maria Estela Paiso • 2021 • Philippines
    Starring Alyana Cabral

    As the apocalypse looms, a young Filipino woman is forced to return to her childhood home in the province of Zambales. There, as frogs rain down from the sky, she confronts traumatic memories that condense into a surreal ...

  • No Data Plan

    Episode 17

    Directed by Miko Revereza • 2019 • United States

    Having lived as an undocumented person in the United States for over twenty years, Filipino American filmmaker Miko Revereza sets out on a three day journey by train from Los Angeles to New York—an anxious odyssey through a succession of transit z...

  • Wisdom Gone Wild

    Episode 18

    Directed by Rea Tajiri • 2022 • United States
    Starring Rose Noda, Rea Tajiri

    In this moving and original reflection on mortality and transformation, Rea Tajiri partners with her mother, Rose Tajiri Noda, to create a film about the final sixteen years of her life as a person living with dementia...

  • I Was Born, But . . .

    Episode 19

    Directed by Roddy Bogawa • 2004 • United States

    Taking its title from a silent classic by Yasujiro Ozu, this uncompromisingly personal diary film from Roddy Bogawa finds the director journeying through his memories, from his childhood in Hawaii to his involvement in the LA punk scene of the 1970...

  • OctoGod

    Episode 20

    Directed by Shievar Olegario • 2019 • Philippines
    Starring Shievar Olegario

    An elusive graphic designer, who steals and retouches photos for his website, finds himself in another dimension after updating his site’s content.

  • Twinsters

    Episode 21

    Directed by Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto • 2015 • United Kingdom
    Starring Anaïs Bordier, Samantha Futerman, Kanoa Goo

    In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was s...

  • Adaptation.

    Episode 22

    Directed by Spike Jonze • 2002 • United States
    Starring Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep

    This brilliantly inventive head trip from the feverish imaginations of director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman stars Nicolas Cage as . . . Charlie Kaufman, a successful yet insecure screenwr...

  • Amélie

    Episode 23

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet • 2001 • France, Germany
    Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

    The Gallic sensation that charmed the world, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s irresistible cinematic soufflé introduces us to the unforgettable Amélie (Audrey Tautou in the role that made her an internat...

  • Hito
    Episode 24


    Episode 24

    Directed by Stephen Lopez • 2023 • Philippines
    Starring Kyrie Allison Samodio, Jun Jun Quintana, Bor Ocampo

    Between nuclear reactors and military curfews, fourteen-year-old Jani lives in a dystopian world oppressively devoid of empathy. Together, she and her slippery new friend Kiefer the talkin...