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Memories of a Vibrant Moment in Asian American Cinema

Five pioneering filmmakers look back on the communities and institutions that helped them flourish in the 1990s, an era in Asian American moving-image culture that has since gone underappreciated.

Documentary’s Newest Forms: A Conversation with Inney Prakash

The founder of the experimental documentary festival Prismatic Ground discusses his vision for rethinking the bounds of nonfiction cinema.

By Jordan Cronk

Unfinished Stories: A Conversation with Rosine Mbakam

The Cameroonian filmmaker resists the colonial and paternalistic tendencies of documentaries set in Africa by giving her subjects the power to shape how they are represented on-screen.

By Yasmina Price

Working Memory: A Conversation with Sophy Romvari

With a collection of her films now available on the Criterion Channel, the director behind Still Processing discusses the radically personal nature of her work.

By Beatrice Loayza

Radio-Activity: A Conversation with Christopher Petit

The director discusses the making of his 1979 cult road movie, Radio On, which is now streaming exclusively on the Criterion Channel, and the influence of New German Cinema on his visual style.

By Hillary Weston

As Sure as the Sun Will Shine: Justine Henzell on The Harder They Come at Fifty

In celebration of the reggae classic’s anniversary, the daughter of director Perry Henzell reflects on the global influence of the film and its beloved soundtrack.

By Ashley Clark

An Evening with Faya Dayi Director Jessica Beshir

The Brooklyn-based filmmaker spoke with fellow director Yance Ford on the challenges of making her sublimely lyrical debut feature, one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year.

Alphabet Soup: A Conversation with Topaz Jones and rubberband.

The filmmakers behind Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma talk about finding inspiration in the Black ABCs, an 1970s educational resource that gave Black students a letter chart reflective of their experiences.

By Beatrice Loayza

Mothers and Daughters: A Conversation with Mariana Saffon

The director of the award-winning short Between You and Milagros, now playing on the Criterion Channel, talks about her personal connection to the film’s portrait of tense familial bonds.

By Beatrice Loayza

For the Love of Black Queer Cinema: A Conversation with Stephen Winter

With his two features now playing on the Criterion Channel, the audacious and fiercely independent director shares memories of the nineties LGBTQ film scene and his ideas about sensuality on-screen.

By Conor Williams

Beyond Visible: Gina Prince-Bythewood on the Necessity of Black Women’s Cinema

The director of Love & Basketball reflects on more than twenty years of bringing the underrepresented stories of her community to the big and small screen.

By Rebecca Carroll

Lessons in Liberation: Ephraim Asili on the Films That Shaped Him

The director of The Inheritance discusses a series he has curated for the Criterion Channel, which spotlights radical films that inspire him and disrupt the status quo.

By Beatrice Loayza

A Moment When I Forgot My Home: A Conversation with Miko Revereza

With two short films and his acclaimed debut feature, No Data Plan, now playing on the Criterion Channel, the Filipino American filmmaker discusses his vision of the immigrant experience.

By Aaron E. Hunt

ImagineNATIVE Cinema: A Conversation with Niki Little

The artistic director of the groundbreaking Canadian film festival discusses its evolution and the road ahead for Indigenous cinema.

By Girish Shambu

Mother and Son: Michael Koresky Celebrates a Bond Forged in Cinema

In his new book, Films of Endearment, the critic revisits ten favorite films with his mother and grapples with how her ways of seeing have shaped his.

By Durga Chew-Bose

Walkers in the City: Jules Dassin and Bruce Goldstein in New York

With his documentary Uncovering “The Naked City,” beloved Film Forum repertory program director Bruce Goldstein pays tribute to his friendship with the legendary Hollywood auteur and the bygone New York he immortalized on-screen.

By Michael Sragow

Ghosts of the Future: A Conversation with Larry Achiampong

In a suite of four sci-fi-inflected short films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the British Ghanaian artist imagines a time in which Africa has ascended to prosperity but continues to grapple with the remnants of its colonial past.

By Ashley Clark

Bridging the Gaps in Trans History: A Conversation with K. J. Rawson

Gathering a wide range of trans-related materials, the Digital Transgender Archive represents a breakthrough for researchers looking to piece together the community’s past.

By Caden Mark Gardner

It Can Happen Here: A Conversation with Will Niava

With his debut short film, Zoo, now on the Criterion Channel, the Montreal-based filmmaker talks with us about its depiction of police brutality and independent cinema’s engagement with social issues.

By Alexandra Proulx

The Man in the Wings: David Fincher on the Shadowy Life of Herman Mankiewicz

The witty and notoriously tempestuous Citizen Kane screenwriter comes into focus in this conversation between a Mankiewicz biographer and Fincher, whose new film Mank is remarkably faithful to the details of Hollywood history.

Dog Days: A Conversation with Halima Ouardiri

The director of Mutts, a short film now playing on the Criterion Channel, talks about chronicling life within a giant dog shelter in Morocco.

By Penelope Bartlett

Cultivating the Legacy of Cuban Cinema: A Conversation with Luciano Castillo

With his deep knowledge of Cuban film history and his tireless efforts to promote it, the director of the Cinemateca de Cuba has been an invaluable resource for our releases of Memories of Underdevelopment and Lucía.

By Valeria Rotella

Shabier Kirchner’s Love Letter to a Vanishing Antigua

The cinematographer behind Steve McQueen’s acclaimed Small Axe films discusses his debut short, Dadli, which makes its premiere this week on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With

A highlight at this year’s SXSW, the short film Dirty depicts a moment of sexual intimacy between two young men with a candor that’s still rare in American independent cinema.

By Penelope Bartlett