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For One Man, She Had To Be Pretty And Asian

For a California man named Steven, a perfect woman had to be pretty, submissive — and Asian. In the documentary Seeking Asian Female, filmmaker Debbie Lum followed Steven as he sought out, found, and brought over Sandy, a 30-year-old woman from China, on a fiancee visa. Then reality hit. Lum talks about her film with host Michel Martin.
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Who Knew? Honest Abe Rid The World Of The Undead

With a movie title like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, it's no mystery what the plot is. Young Mr. Lincoln is tutored by an experienced vampire killer and goes into training with his trusty ax. He bears a special grudge against vampires because they killed his mother.
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A Timeless Story Takes A 'Brave' Female Twist

Pixar's new film is its first with a female lead — and its first fairy tale. Brave features a mother-daughter dynamic that star Kelly Macdonald says could take place "anywhere, at any time." The rebellious princess also presented a technical challenge: Animating her hair required a software upgrade.
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'To Rome With Love': Eternal City, Scrambled Time

Woody Allen's latest comedy features four unrelated stories taking place — in theory at the same time. But as NPR's Bob Mondello points out, that's logically impossible.
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Branding 'Brave': The Cultural Capital Of Princesses

If you want to sell something to little girls right now, just put a princess on it. Disney princesses alone fuel a $4 billion industry, and Pixar's movie Brave is sure to give that a boost. But it isn't all singing birds and sunshine — some wonder if the princess trend is becoming too niche.
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'Call Me Kuchu': Uganda's Secret Gay Community

Malika Zouhali-Worrall gained access to Uganda's secretive LGBT community for the documentary, Call Me Kuchu. It follows John "Long Jones" Abdallah Wambere and others in a group of gay women and men — derogatorily called "Kuchus" — as they rail against ongoing, sometimes violent, persecution.

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