Last Train Home

From the same company that brought you Taqwacore comes this documentary. Based on the largest human migration, 130 million people return home from the factory cities in China to their villages for the Chinese New Year. The movie follows the Zhang family’s return home after leaving their children with the grandmother to help send their daughter to school so she doesn’t have to live as a migrant worker. Ironically, as a result of their absence, Qin quits school and takes up work as a migrant worker. This documentary shows the cost of China’s economic upswing on migrant workers and their families. Beautifully shot and emotionally charged. Since hitting the documentary film circuit in mid-November, It has already won Best Canadian Film at Montreal’s RIDM festival, Best Documentary at the Whistler Film Festival and Best Feature at IDFA International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam. Just recently it has been named to Sundance 20210 as official competition. Eyesteel Film

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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