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.
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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.