‘Squid Game’ Hides a Hopeful Message Within a Dystopian Nightmare
Netflix’s new Korean horror drama suggests there’s more to life than the brutal realities of neoliberal capitalism.
New Bond Can’t Take On Beijing’s Supervillains
A whole genre of geopolitical spy thrillers is now off limits.
A Taliban Challenge: To Learn the Lessons of History
What an ancient citadel can teach us about Afghanistan’s past—and its potential future.
In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang
A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.
‘One Last Monster’ Is a Loving, Messy Parable Rooted in Korean History
A charming animation turns turtle ships into giant monsters.
Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!
Gender-neutral terms have sparked an explosive battle over the future of the French language.
How Israel Lost the Culture War
Defending the colonial project of occupation won’t work in a world where racial justice has gone mainstream.
Iran’s Hard-Liners Are Using a TV Thriller to Undermine Their Rivals
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-linked spy drama “Gando” is designed to discredit moderate politicians before the June election.
‘Showgirls of Pakistan’ Doesn’t Need Your Victim Narrative
In a new documentary about mujra dancers, Saad Khan escapes the Western documentary complex to give his subjects the chance to speak in their own words.
Small Stories in an Age of Giant Monsters
The new Netflix show “Pacific Rim: The Black” finally lives up to the franchise’s internationalist potential.
It’s a $69 Million JPEG, but Is It Art?
Cryptocurrency and high art are cooking up magic beans together with nonfungible tokens.
Seeking Truth From Fiction
The provocative short stories in “Land of Big Numbers” offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook.
Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen
“Quo Vadis, Aida?” could do for the Srebrenica massacre what “Schindler’s List” accomplished for the Holocaust.
Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him
Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.
Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey
Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.