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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Mile 22 / Indonesian actor Iko Uwais takes Hollywood by storm

By: Angela Dawson - Posted on: September 4, 2018 | Culture & Life

Indonesian actor and stuntman Iko Uwais made his US acting debut with the film Mile 22, currently showing in cinemas worldwide. He spoke to Southeast Asia Globe before the release of the film about his experience on the set: “every fight scene, every action scene should be realistic and believable”

Iko Uwais stars in MILE 22, standing with director Peter Berg. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of STXfilms

“He really is one of us!” exclaims Hollywood action star Mark Wahlberg of his Mile 22 co-star Iko Uwais, the legendary Indonesian martial arts action star.

The two play adversaries (at least initially) in the action-packed political thriller set in a fictional Southeast Asian country. Wahlberg plays the leader of an elite US paramilitary team who is assigned to transport a spy willing to trade highly sensitive information regarding the location of stolen radioactive material in exchange for his freedom outside the country.

Getting the high-profile asset from the US embassy to an airport 22 miles away is tricky and dangerous because not only does the spy have enemies within the state but he also is the target of assassination by local police force and a criminal gang. Uwais’ Li Noor, a Special Forces officer with martial arts training in his own right, can handle himself even as he is handcuffed to a gurney and attacked by enemies inside the embassy’s infirmary, and later as the ride to airfield becomes more and more treacherous, he actually assists the paramilitary team when they are ambushed on the road.

Like previous action movies directed by the filmmaker Peter Berg (Patriots Day, Lone Survivor), Mile 22 spares no expense combining compelling human story with suspense and intense action sequences. Berg remarks that Uwais demonstrated solid commitment while working on the film.

Iko Uwais and Mark Wahlberg attend the MILE 22 Press Day Photo Call Photo: Eric Charbonneau/STXfilms

“His work ethic is extraordinary; he literally will shoot for 48 straight hours,” observes the filmmaker, adding with a little dramatic flair, “then we have to turn him off.”

Mile 22 marks Uwais’ American film debut after starring in dozens of martial arts and action roles in his native Indonesia, where he starred in such films as The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2. The tall, attractive martial arts master reveals a sly sense of humour during a recent interview to promote his first Hollywood film.

Can you talk about doing the stunt choreography for the intense martial arts scene in the infirmary and working with your stunt coordinators?
We were lucky to have fight coordinator Ryan Watson and his team, and my stunt (double) Sam Looc and (stunt utility) Sam Lateef. When we discussed the fight choreography with Peter Berg – the most handsome director on the planet – he trusted me and my team a lot about every fight scene. We really collaborated. This was like a new experience for me because Pete doesn’t like fake (fight choreography). He wanted us to look like we were really fighting with real impacts, real punches thrown and real kicks. So, it was really easy for us to create the choreography.

What was the difference between working on this project with such an international cast and working on the projects you worked on in Asia? Do you plan to do more Hollywood films? Are you strictly interested in doing action films?
It depends on whether Peter Berg calls me again or not. The difference is just the timing. In the US, we work only about ten to 12 hours but in Indonesia, we can work [non-stop] for two days straight. I did the fight scenes in The Raid over a period of two days.

Which do you prefer—working for two days straight or ten hours at a time?
All at once. When I did the fight scene with the [Raid] crew, it was already hot. I fought with all of the fighters. But when we cut and set up and change the camera angles, it’s hard for me to get up that [energy] level again. So, for me, I feel like we should (snaps fingers) “Just do it! Just do it!”

Did you and Peter Berg share the same approach towards filming the action sequences?
Yes. Nothing seems fake. Every fight scene, every action scene should be realistic and believable. It’s not all about effects. (Peter) was like family, not like a boss. We were very close. There was no ego. It was an honour to work with him. We had the best time.

Would you like to do more Hollywood films?
Yes. This is really the beginning for me. It’s a perfect combination between martial arts and Hollywood action. When people leave the theatre, I hope they feel it’s the coolest action movie they’ve ever seen.