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Class, Education, and Culture in Irrfan Khan’s Cinematic India – An Examination of Hindi Medium & Angrezi Medium

Anvesh Jain is a rising senior at the University of Toronto, pursuing a specialist degree in International Relations. His work has been featured by the NATO Association of Canada, the Mackenzie Institute, the Literary Review of Canada, the Synergy Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies, and others. “Politicians take food from the poor. Builders take land […]

‘A Woman Under the Influence’ – The Power of Female Leads

Hooria Mohammad is in her second year of study at the University of Toronto where she double majors in Earth and Environmental Systems and Political Science, with a minor in Cinema Studies. John Cassavetes’ vehement, audacious, and unique filmmaking has made him an established progenitor of American independent film. However, it is his most venerated […]

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Issues of Representation and Change in “Mrs. America”

Robyn Bacon is a recent Cinema Studies undergraduate from the University of Toronto. Her interests include feminist film, comedy, and horror film. Robyn hopes to become a screenwriter or open up her own production company. Robyn aims to and write and create complex roles for actresses she loves with an emphasis on building new opportunities […]

Why Ramy’s Idiosyncratic Storytelling is More than just Muslim Representation on Screen.

Hooria Mohammad is in her second year of study at the University of Toronto where she double majors in Earth and Environmental Systems and Political Science, with a minor in Cinema Studies. Ramy Yousef’s vehement, audacious, and unique Hulu series Ramy has proven this sharp comedy a salient viewing experience. The Hulu series Ramy, created […]

If Only I Had Died First… – Reviewing ‘After Life’

Shiven Kumar: Shiven can often be found either binge-watching or binge-reading his favourites time and time again. A management student with a love for writing, he can turn the conversation on its tail with his out of the world thought process. When not busy with start-ups and running his college-fest Atharv, he can be found on […]

‘The Farewell’ – A Culturally Significant Rarity in Western Cinema

Jasmine Ryu Won Kang is an incoming second-year student at the University of Toronto, majoring in biochemistry and immunology. It indeed comes somewhat as a surprise that a film spoken predominantly in Chinese garnered an overwhelming wave of support and praise from countries all over the world. Although “The Farewell” explores an Asian-American’s difficulties in […]

In Moonlight, Black Boys Look New

Kassia Neckles is in her second year of study at the University of Toronto where she double majors in English and Cinema Studies.  Barry Jenkins’ 2016 film, Moonlight, is a study in the coalescence of classical and art cinema. The co-existence of these two modes in one film may seem contradictory as “art cinema defines […]

Reduced to Rubble: Examining the Changing Economic Fortunes of China’s Migrant Workers

Christal Cheng is in her second year at the University of Toronto, majoring in International Relations and Economics, minoring in Contemporary Asian Studies. “The whole airplane factory is a huge eyeball, labour is its deepest part.” This poem by Ouyang Jianghe epitomizes the zenith of Chinese socialism where manual labour is praised, and valued. However, […]

Consumer Feminism and Gender Representation in Four More Shots Please

Anna Aksenovich is in her final year at the University of Toronto, majoring in Diaspora and Transnational Studies and minoring in Anthropology and Religion Abstract: In this paper, I will be analyzing ‘Four more shots Please!’, an Indian web TV series on Amazon Prime, with particular attention to the character Umang – self-identified as a […]

The Representation Question

Kassia Neckles is in her second year of study at the University of Toronto where she double majors in English and Cinema Studies.  Many of my early-to-mid childhood memories are of my mother and I going to our local Cineplex on Saturdays, a venture more feasible at a time when admission was six dollars, much […]

Crazy Rich Asians: A Critique and Review

How do rich Asians live? What about crazily rich ones? I’m sure many people have heard of or seen the film, “Crazy Rich Asians,” by now. I had conflicting views about it, and while I did feel represented by the all-Asian cast, I did also have quarrel with the film’s storyline. For instance, I struggled […]

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