Author: Alexis Cruz

SAUDI ARABIA: MOVIE THEATERS MAKING A COMEBACK AFTER 35 YEARS IN THE DARK

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Saudi government lifted a 35-year ban on movie theaters in January. Saudi citizens are now able to experience the thrill of a big screen in their country. Is this the beginning of a typical Hollywood happy ending? For this momentous occasion, a film festival in Jeddah put out a red carpet and sold popcorn to introduce the Saudi public to the movie-going experience. Screenings at Jeddah’s cultural center allowed men, women, and children to sit together—an unprecedented move for the conservative Muslim country. The Saudi Gazette published an article on decorum in preparation for...

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FILM REVIEW: ‘1987 When the Day Comes’

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Fans of South Korean cinema know the country can produce world class horror, thriller and even rom-com films. You can add political biopic to that list, with the December release of “1987: When the Day Comes.” This moving film centers on the government’s botched cover up of the torture and killing of college student Park Jong-chul, and how the scandal sparked protests that ultimately felled a dictator. Director Jang Joon-hwan weaves together multiple perspectives of the nation and the events, taking viewers through different parts of the country and presenting people of diverse backgrounds and...

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LOS ANGELES: SPECTACULAR ‘ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL’ PROJECTS THE RAW STORIES OF ASIA WITH PANACHE

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES — The Asian World Film Festival took place this past week October 25 – November 2. The festival commenced with the opening night screening of “Ayla: The Daughter of War.” Asia Media International was honored to be able to cover the event and share reviews of our favorite and most memorable films. Ayla: The Daughter of War Turkey – Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film The Asian World Film Festival started the week of movies off with a tearjerker. They were so confident about it that they even provided a napkin on every seat,...

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LOS ANGELES: SPECTACULAR AND COSMOPOLITAN ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Travel through Asia without leaving your movie theater seat. From October 25, 2017 to November 2, 2017, the third annual Asian World Film Festival is on grand display at the Arclight Theater in Culver City, California. The festival is shaping up to be a great exhibit of Asian cinema and a reasonable excuse to spend a whole week at a movie theater. The AWFF features films from powerhouses of Asian cinema, including India, Japan and South Korea, along with promising offerings from smaller countries like Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.Some films are official contenders for...

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QATAR: BATTLE OF THE PRESSES

 ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – More than 100 days of diplomatic crisis have taken their toll on Qatar. While fighting has yet to break out, proxy shots have most certainly been fired in the press and on the airwaves between Qatar and the quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt lined up against it in an air, sea and land blockade. Recently, Saudi news networks have reported that the terrorist group ISIS supported Qatar in the Gulf Crisis. Qatar’s neighbors have accused Qatar of covertly endorsing  terrorists. However, The New York Times debunked the report and...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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