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After studying Mandarin in post-Mao China, Jordan got into the film business as a camera assistant working with directors like Steven Soderbergh and...

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‘Cries From Syria’ Carries Heart-Rending Stories From the Civil War


Evgeny Afineevsky’s Oscar-nominated documentary doesn’t shy away from the war’s brutal realities. The children’s voices are especially poignant.

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Arts and Culture : Theater

‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ Creator on Using Art as a Wake-Up Call


Playwright Bryonn Bain, who turned his own harrowing experiences into a one-man dramatic production, joins director Gina Belafonte for a Truthdig interview.

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Arts and Culture : Film Review

‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Takes an Unflinching Look at China’s Crackdown on Human Rights Activists


The documentary chronicles gender rights advocate Ye Haiyan’s struggle with Chinese authorities, and it also makes filmmaker Nanfu Wang a target of officialdom in her native country.

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Arts and Culture : Film Review

‘The Salesman’: An Iranian Domestic Drama With a Dash of Arthur Miller


Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is back in the awards mix.

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Arts and Culture : Film Review

‘Neruda’ Makes Poetry of a Cat-and-Mouse Tale


The film, nominated for a Golden Globe, follows Chile’s world-renowned Communist poet as he lives a colorful life on the run from an ambitious and mysterious cop.

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Arts and Culture : Interview

‘Notes of a Native Song’: Writer James Baldwin’s Work Resonates in the Time of Trump


Musical artist Stew’s ode to the literary icon is particularly welcome now, when Baldwin’s words have taken on fresh significance.

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Arts and Culture : Interview

In ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ a Black Musician Strikes Up Conversations to Confront White Supremacy


A new documentary follows pianist Daryl Davis as the simple act of engaging in conversation with an adversary takes on transformative potential. Though he claims more than two dozen converts, Davis’ methods have stirred up their share of controversy.

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Jordan Riefe
Jordan Riefe

After studying Mandarin in post-Mao China, Jordan got into the film business as a camera assistant working with directors like Steven Soderbergh and Tom Hanks. He has been covering the film business since the late 90s for outlets like Reuters, THR.com, and the Wrap, wrote a movie that was produced in China in 2007. Currently serves as West Coast theatre critic for The Hollywood Reporter, while also covering art and culture for The Guardian and Cultured Magazine.

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