Category Archives: ESSAY

ISSUE #3: Forough Farrokhzad. Self-identification through cinema by Shirin Akhondi

The House is Black (1963) is a short film directed by Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad. It is perhaps the greatest, yet most neglected, masterpiece of Iranian cinema. A documentary about life in a leprosarium and its inhabitants, the film reveals … Continue reading

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ISSUE #3: A new spectre appears to haunt the community by Maja Laskowska

A digital spectre haunted the theatre when documentary film Martian Syndrome (2013), directed by Jianqiang Xue was shown. Whether the factuality of the film and its documentary features are convincing, the film deals with some fundamental, but still in some … Continue reading

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Northern Queensland: A Rich Legacy of Cultural Diversity by Christina Arum Sok

Self portrait by Aylie McDowell, 2015 Finding herself within a new geographic context in Cairns, Australia, Christina Arum Sok became interested in the social history of the region, which inspired her to research artists in the area working within a … Continue reading

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ISSUE #2: The Politics of Displaying Dunhuang by Stacy Guoying Zhang

During Aurel Stein’s four major expeditions in Central Asia from 1910 to 1930, the second one, sponsored by the British Museum and the Government of India, resulted in the acquisition of 24 cases of manuscripts and 5 cases of paintings … Continue reading

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ISSUE #2: Mutagens of the Imagination by Luke Zeitlin

“Normal science, the activity in which most scientists inevitably spend most all their time, is predicated on the assumption that the scientific community knows what the world is like. Normal science, often suppresses fundamental novelties because they are necessarily subversive … Continue reading

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ESSAY: Standing in the crowd: Objectivity in Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan

A phone rings and an unseen voice speaks: We’re still fighting, we’re in the Maidan. This is one of the few pieces of dialogue in Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary film titled Maidan. The film is a sociological study of mass protest, … Continue reading

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ISSUE #1: Gods and Prophets of the Silver Screen by Alicia Izharuddin

In dimmed surroundings where audiences sit in their pews facing the altar screen, ideological epic tales of love, manichean conflict, and redemption are silently absorbed. In his book on the secular religion of cinema, Conrad Ostwalt suggests that, ‘The movie … Continue reading

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