21st Century Cinema
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Directed by Ang Lee • 2000 • Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, United States
Starring Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi
Two master warriors (Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy—and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against the breathtaking landscapes of nineteenth-century China, this Oscar-winning wuxia spectacle took the genre to dazzling new heights thanks to the stunning martial-arts choreography of Yuen Wo-ping.
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Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 2011 • India
In Southern India, many family disputes are settled by Jamaats—all-male bodies that apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. Recognizing this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 establis...
Boy and the World
Directed by Alê Abreu • 2013 • Brazil
Starring Vinicius Garcia, Lu Horta, Marco Aurélio Campos
Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s vibrant, Academy Award–nominated animated adventure is a riotous explosion of music and color that depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the...
Love in the Time of AIDS
Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 2006 • India
LOVE IN THE TIME OF AIDS follows a group of kothis (gay men who identify as femme) in Belgaum, a small city in Karnataka, and traces their stories of love, desire, and ostracization, as well as their work with an NGO that promotes safe-sex practices.