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Keeping it Real in Southern Africa

  Southern Africa produces more internationally recognized films by African directors than its neighbors in the east and north, and among these films conflict is a recurring theme. From the slums of Soweto to the Kalahari Desert, Lee Middleton is your guide to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, and South Africa. About Your Guide: Lee Middleton has traveled and worked in 34 ... Read More »

Building Fantasies: East Africa in Film

The vision of Africa as “the dark continent” was cemented in film history by films like 1951’s The African Queen, but that’s only a fraction of the role that the continent plays on film. From romanticized portrays of Africa’s natural splendor to the investigations into its recent history in Hotel Rwanda and The Last King of Scotland, the legacy of ... Read More »

A Long Time Ago…Far, Far Away—In Film: Tunisia

  “It’s only a shame that beautiful Tunisia never plays itself,” begins Museyon Guide Lee Middleton’s tour of the north African nation of Tunisia. While it may not get top billing, Tunisia has stood in for other eras, and, in Star Wars, even filled in for other galaxies. About Your Guide: Lee Middleton has traveled and worked in 34 countries ... Read More »

An American in Morocco

Directors are drawn to Morocco for its intoxicating blend of heat and chaos, so much so that Alfred Hitchcock chose to remake his own film The Man Who Knew Too Much, relocating it to the city of Marrakech. From the northern port of Casablanca—setting for one of the most beloved films of all time—to the city of Ouarzazate near the ... Read More »

Beyond the Axis of Evil: Iran

  Since the first movie house opened in Iran in 1905, the country has had a long cinematic history. The U.S. State Department currently discourages travel to Iran, but Museyon Guide Mikael Awake braves the journey. Join him as he explores Iran from the massive metropolis of Tehran to the remote village of Koker, and discover Iran’s rich film culture ... Read More »

Great Southern Filmscapes: Australia + New Zealand

  From the rugged outback to Sydney’s famous skyline, Australia (and its neighbor New Zealand) offers the camera landscapes and lifestyles full of contrast, inspiring everyone from Bollywood directors to Disney’s Pixar—who animated Sydney for Finding Nemo. Melbourne local Gemma Blackwood is your guide for an “armchair tour” of the Land Down Under. About Your Guide: Gemma Blackwood had an ... Read More »

The Every War, The Every Eden: Thailand + Cambodia

  Thailand and Cambodia have complex histories, shaped, in part, by the countries that surround them, and on film Thailand has often stood in for its war-ravaged neighbors. Follow Museyon Guide Jose Lustre, Jr., to find out which city played both Saigon and Phnom Penh and visit the region’s more idyllic attractions, including Cambodia’s famous temples, stars of In the ... Read More »

A Cinematic City, Old and New: Tokyo, Japan

  From Godzilla to Lost in Translation, join Eija Niskanen as she traces Tokyo’s celluloid history. Explore the city’s signature blend of nostalgia (in neighborhoods like Ginza and Nihonbashi), youth (Harajuku and Akihabara) and progress (in Roppongi and Shibuya), and see why Tokyo is the perfect setting for a sci-fi film. About Your Guide: Eija Margit Niskanen has her M.A. ... Read More »

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