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Traditions thrive in remote island chain of Tonga

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Traditions thrive in remote island chain of Tonga

Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson recently completed a series on climate change and small island nations. This report from Tonga explore the origins of tapa, an ornate papery cloth made from pounded tree bark, and the ta’ovala, the traditional woven mat worn around the waist, which is also derived from local plants.

Posted: March 26, 2010 12:44   Comments: 0
Nigeria’s Nollywood produces more films than U.S.

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Nigeria’s Nollywood produces more films than U.S.

This year, the United Nations announced that Nigeria's film industry had surpassed the U.S. in numbers of feature films produced. Explore an interactive feature about the top film-producing nations and read a Q&A about the rise of "Nollywood."

Posted: October 7, 2009 12:35   Comments: 1
Japan’s new leader axes plans for manga museum

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Japan’s new leader axes plans for manga museum

To save some money for the Japanese people, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is canceling his predecessor's plans for a museum dedicated to manga and animation. But as Hsin-Yin Lee writes, comics are becoming an important -- and profitable -- part of Japanese life.

Posted: October 7, 2009 10:34   Comments: 0
Iranians scour Internet for entertainment, evading censors

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Iranians scour Internet for entertainment, evading censors

Iranian students discuss how they bypass censorship and filters to find music and films, both online and in shops on the streets. They also explore the influence of Western culture and the backlash against it.

Posted: October 2, 2009 14:16   Comments: 1
Patriotic Chinese film stirs passions on nation’s anniversary

Hsin-Yin Lee (blog)

Patriotic Chinese film stirs passions on nation’s anniversary

Hsin-Yin Lee, an international news editor at a Chinese newspaper, describes a recent film that has Chinese patriots buzzing. The movie features 176 stars and at least 90 settings.

Posted: October 1, 2009 10:44   Comments: 1
From slapstick to romance, Iran’s film industry is unique

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From slapstick to romance, Iran’s film industry is unique

Iranian film scholar Negar Mottahedeh discusses the evolution of Iranian cinema and the impact of the 1979 revolution on the industry. Watch two video clips, one from the early days of Iranian film and the other a modern comedy.

Posted: September 30, 2009 17:53   Comments: 0
Israeli films explore realities of warfare, faith

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Israeli films explore realities of warfare, faith

Israel's robust film industry is funded primarily with state grants, even though the themes can be highly critical of the government and at odds with conventional Israeli values. Many films explore issues from recent Israeli military history.

Posted: September 29, 2009 14:29   Comments: 3
Israeli cinema: Growing up

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Israeli cinema: Growing up

Israeli has a thriving film industry. In recent years, its films have won popular and critical acclaim while tacking difficult issues of identity and politics. Jerusalem film scholar Amy Kronish blogs about the coming of age of Israeli cinema.

Posted: September 29, 2009 13:55   Comments: 1
Jerusalem schoolchildren dance their way to the U.S.

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Jerusalem schoolchildren dance their way to the U.S.

A group of Palestinian schoolchildren is heading to Washington this weekend for what may be the performance of their lives. They are dancers who specialize in a traditional Palestinian dance.

Posted: September 25, 2009 11:03   Comments: 5
Q&A: A Saudi woman’s perspective on polygamy

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Q&A: A Saudi woman’s perspective on polygamy

Islam allows men to have up to four wives at a time. A Worldfocus contributing blogger speaks with a divorced Saudi woman -- whose father and ex-husband each had two wives -- for her perspective on polygamy.

Posted: September 21, 2009 13:15   Comments: 8
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