The Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth (Liu Lang Di Qiu) shattered boxes offices in 2019. Directed by Frant Gwo, the movie follows the Liu family’s post-apocalyptic space mission to save Earth from Jupiter’s gravitational orbit. The film’s thematic statements and successful public reception are a reflection of China’s increasing confidence in its space exploration program.
China’s Top Gun rip-off was a box-office dud, yet its involvement with the Chinese air force reveals grand political ambitions.
Kelly Rahardja sits down with Evgeny Afineevsky, director of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. His documentary about the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Ukraine won the People’s Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.