Charles Xiuzhi Dong’s AFTER CLASS is a symphonic masterpiece of film

After Class by Charles Xiuzhi Dong “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings” -Hodding Carter Charles Xiuzhi Dong’s short film After Class is a symphonic masterpiece of film.  A virtuoso of film, he takes on an orchestral journey that hums with suspense and…

Jun Bae’s Turf Nation is an exciting and timely film

  Turfing is an Oakland-born dance form that combines roots in gang culture with elements of tutting, gliding and bone breaking; Turf Nation is a documentary directed by Jun Bae, a Tokyo-born Korean creative director, that follows the street dancers as they perform on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains and try to weave their…

The Fall: No words, much tension

What do “A Quiet Place”, “Us”, and “The Boat” have in common? They put you on the edge of your seat with stunning cinematography and almost no dialogue. Now we can add “The Fall”, the short film from writer/director Jonathan Glazer (“Under the Skin”, “Birth”) to that list. Because his movie only lasts six minutes,…

Nefta Football Club: A unique story with an unexpected twist

You might know him from his wonderful short film “Tempus fugit” that was released in 2001 but now writer/director Yves Piat is back with an even more delightful short movie. In his “Nefta Football Club”, he combines humour with darkness, playfulness with dangerous situations and the love-hate relationship between young brothers. The result? A wonderful,…

Cynthia: A stunning short film about the importance of love

We all want it. Someone to hold, to love and to be with for the rest of our lives. Not everyone finds it as easy to come across as others, especially not when your love for a person isn’t mutual. Sadly, that’s what happened to Cynthia, her unanswered love results in a tragic event told…

The Confirmation: A must-see, eye-opening, beautiful and well-performed movie

“Everyone has the right to be who they are”. That’s how “The Confirmation” ends. While this should indeed be the case, that’s sadly not for everyone and especially not when you’re a transgender person. The problems and prejudices that transgender people face are now being brought back to our attention thanks to first time director…

A Million Eyes: When a picture says more than a 1000 words

A picture. Whether it’s one of your birthday, marriage, parents, childhood, friends or just from something totally different, it always tells a very personal story. It’s just like making a movie. Director Richard Raymond (“Souls of Totality”, “Desert Dancer”) decided to combine both photos and movie by making a film about photography. “A Million Eyes”…