Although originally presented as a freely available series of shorts on YouTube, the series Conq has been quite controversial in Indonesia, and has been voluntarily removed from YouTube by its producers. The series is no longer openly accessible on the Internet in Indonesia, but can still be found by those eager to watch it.
First Vita Plus is an extremely successful Filipino corporation selling natural health drinks that consumers claim have cured everything from minor ailments to different kinds of cancer. Through a multi-level marketing strategy, First Vita Plus has sold impressive quantities of drink sachets around the Philippines and now around the world.
The Amis tribe of east coast Taiwan have a traditional belief that the spirits of their dead return home by adopting the wings of a bird. During World War II, many indigenous Taiwanese lost their lives fighting for Japan in the Pacific, and their spirits often struggled to return.
Bid'ah Cinta is the third in Nurman Hakim’s trilogy of films concerning Islam in contemporary Indonesia. The first of the trilogy, Pesantren: 3 Wishes 3 Loves (3 Doa 3 CInta), concerned three friends arrested after 9/11 on suspicion of terrorism, was shown on SBS Australia shortly after its 2008 release. The second, Khalifah, examined the controversies surrounding the niqab in 2011.
The only Australian film to be screened in this series, The Other Option follows the history of Australian bands performing in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore from 1998 to the present.
This mesmerizing montage offers numerous perspectives on urban Vietnam. Her second film, Siu Pham’s Homostratus is both an experimental foray into film and a reflection on contemporary life, posing many questions but rarely giving answers. Its meandering psychedelic style garnered "Best Unique Vison" at New York’s "Queens World Film Festival" in 2014.