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Introduction to Bulgarian Contemporary Art: Vessela Nozharova Interviewed by Luchezar Boyadjiev
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After Communist-enforced isolation, Bulgarian artists developed a unique sense of identity that develops through each new generation.

Nina Hoss by Nicholas Elliott
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A German play based on a French memoir reflects on the global Left’s abandonment of the working class—and finds additional significance in the Age of Trump.

Trees, Grass, & Collectivist Rock by Clinton Krute
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Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the democratizing power of the riff.

Feeling Hou Hsiao-hsien by Nicholas Elliott
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Emotion, both authentic and synthetic, in the films of the Taiwanese New Wave master.

Portfolio by Gabriela Golder

Gabriela Golder’s video project Conversation Piece, 2012.

Jan Němec by Steve Macfarlane

Czechoslovak New Wave filmmaker Jan Němec discusses jazz and making movies under communism.

Ada Karczmarczyk by Harry J. Weil
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Polish artist Karczmarczyk on desire in a post-Communist country, why the Catholic church needs modern art and being mistaken for Lady Gaga.

Cristian Mungiu by Guy Gallo
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Romanian auteur Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills, which fuses naturalism with the escalating dramatic tension between two young women, won awards for best screenplay and best actress at Cannes.

Danzig Baldaev’s Drawings from the Gulag by John Reed
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Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.

My Grandfather’s Disintegration by Antonio Ungar

This First Proof contains the story “My Grandfather’s Disintegration” by Antonio Ungar, translated by Katherine Silver.

I Believe, I Believe: Ruins, A Novel by Achy Obejas by David Varno
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Set in Cuba during the Special Period, Ruins tells of a middle aged man’s attempts to earn a living, deal with his rebellious daughter, and accept what has happened to his country.

Claire Fontaine by Anthony Huberman
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Claire Fontaine lives in Paris. Her “assistants” are Fulvia Carnevale and James Thornhill, an Italian-British artist duo.

Daniel Flores y Ascencio by Carlos B. Córdova
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In his latest film, Ama: The Memory of Time, Salvadoran poet and filmmaker Daniel Flores y Ascencio records the oral history of shaman Don Juan Ama, who witnessed the murder of his uncle, the leader of a 1932 indigenous revolt in El Salvador.

Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano by Rone Shavers

Nilo Cruz’s simple and effective play recounts the plight of two sisters who hope to obtain freedom from the oppressive Castro regime.

Judy Davis by Liza Béar
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The consummate actress, Judy Davis talks about her starring role in the epic satire, Children of the Revolution.

Marjetica Potrč  by Goran Tomcic
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Poet and curator Goran Tomcic and Slovenian sculptress Marjetica Potrč on displacement and the genius loci.

Miloš Forman  by Liza Béar
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Director Miloš Forman began making films in Communist Czechoslovakia. He and writer Liza Bear talk about his film, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and censorship in the United States.

Dark Ice by Thomas Bolt

I’ve stood on thinner sheets. Took crunching walks

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