The library has taken out a subscription to Asian Film Online collections I and II, which provides Goldsmiths students and staff access to a vast collection of feature films, documentaries and short films from across the entire Asian continent.
Many of these films are not available on DVD and will not be in the library already. Most films will not, in fact, have been previously distributed outside of their native country.
Asian Film Online is particularly strong for films from China, India, Iran, South Korea and South East Asia.
Award winning and internationally known directors whose films are in the collection include Darius Mehrjui (Iran), Xie Fei (China) and Adoor Gopalakrishnan (India).
Films can be accessed via the e-resources A-Z list on the library website – this link will take you to the Asian Film Online platform.
Alternatively, each film has been added to the catalogue, with links that will take you directly to the film for streaming.
To see all the films we have access to, search for Asian Film Online on the library catalogue. During other catalogue searches, e.g. Iran film, look for results that show ‘video file – recordings for streaming’ in the location field. These indicate films that can be streamed (many of which will be from Asian Film Online).
You can create playlists of films, make clips within films, share films by URL, access and search within transcripts – Asian Film Online has a very intuitive platform that allows you to use the films however you want.
To access films, you will need to create an account. When you arrive at the Asian Film Online platform, click on Sign In and create an account, which must include your Goldsmiths email address (you cannot register, or access films without this). If you have previously used Alexander Street Press streaming collections, e.g. Ethnographic Video Online, please use the same account.
If you have any issues using Asian Film Online or any streaming collections we have access to, email the Audiovisual Librarian, Kevin Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org).