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Documentaries acquired by EST, created by longstanding and upcoming Asian filmmakers

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Rebel Riders

Indonesia Are they rule-breakers or are they free? Freedom for these riders comes in an unlikely form, the Vespa. Equipped with only their imagination, everything from plastic bottles to tree stumps is fair game to customize their vehicles, transforming them into the gnarliest rides with enough character to put motorbikes to shame. In Indonesia, these vehicles mean more than just freedom of expression – for these riders, this is about liberation of the soul. Their families and communities don't get it, so they become outcasts and rebels. But that doesn't matter anymore; they've created inner circles with a bond and passion so deep, they feel like family. And they welcome the side-eyes: to these riders, strange looks and attention feel like being famous.

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A Portrait of a Fisherwoman

A world without women is chaos. In the small, fading Japanese town of Kumano, economic prospects are low. This makes fishing, one of the few remaining industries, crucial to sustain. Regardless of gender. Rimi Tanaka is one of the sole fisherwomen who recognizes this need. Raised in Kumano, she's been knocked down for her pursuing her career and passion because of the cultural beliefs held by older generations. They don't believe women can fish. Rimi Tanaka wants to change that, and is amongst the first to break down this barrier in her town, making the way for more women to follow in her wake.

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Foreign Players in Wild Ball

How far are you willing to chase your dreams? Would you chase them all the way in China? Welcome to Wild Ball, an underground Chinese basketball league where the rules are the same, but the intensity is turnt up. “Foreign Players in Wild Ball“ follows Black athletes who come to China for better pay, a better life, and to pursue their passion for basketball. The cultural crossover between athletes-for-hire and Chinese fans is wildly unique and you can't feel it anywhere else.

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YELLOW PERIL: QUEER DESTINY

As LGBTQ+ communities around the world attempt greater inclusion, Asian drag performers in Vancouver are making strides to carve out their own space that authentically celebrates their heritage and queerness. “Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny” is a 2019 documentary that celebrates and explores the nuances of queer Chinese Diasporic identity. The doc follows several Vancouver drag performers as they build an inclusive future by exploring queerness in Chinese culture.

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To Live & Dive in Manila

“To Live and Die in Manila” features interviews with local artist who speak openly and frankly about their scene, their music, and their thoughts on the city they call home. Featuring; Eyedress, Owfuck, BP Valenzuela, Teenage Granny, RH Xanders, Den Sy Ty, and Jeona Zoleta.

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Meet Shanghai’s Most Experimental Radio Station

Established in 2017, the Shanghai Community Radio, aka SHCR, is a community-driven live broadcasting station that pushes the boundaries of underground subcultures. More experimental and artistic than Boiler Room, SHCR goes beyond music broadcasting contents from electronic/experimental music, talk shows, performance art pieces, and artist interviews.