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5 docs from Iran, Japan, Georgia and India run for 5th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA)

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On 10 October, The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) announced that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film.









APSA 2011 International Jury President, Nansun Shi, made the announcement from the Busan International Film Festival, which was founded by APSA Patron Kim Dong-ho. Films from the Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China, Turkey and India will vie for the Best Feature Film Award.

Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are from Islamic Republic of Iran for 2 films, People’s Republic of China – Mainland China / Hong Kong and Turkey / Bosnia and Herzegovina and India.

A total of 240 films were entered into this year’s competition. Thirty-seven have received nominations for the 2011 awards, with Winners to be announced at the Ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on November 24.

Winners in the Fifth Annual APSAs will be determined by an International Jury headed by leading Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi. These awards, an initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia, in unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – acclaim films from 70 countries and areas. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature Film are:
. Amin (Islamic Republic of Iran / Republic of Korea / Canada / Ukraine) – Shahin Parhami
. Bakhmaro (Georgia / Germany) – Anna Dziapshipa, Heino Deckert
. Jag Var Värd 50 Lamm (I Was Worth 50 Sheep, Sweden / Japan / USA) – Maryam Ebrahimi
. Marathon Boy (India / UK/USA) – Gemma Atwal, Matt Norman
. Pink Saris (India / UK) – Amber Latiff, Girjashanker Vohra.


In Shahin Parhami’s contemplative portrait AMIN, the legacy of the 105-year-old Qashqai classical vocalist Ustad Kiyani is excavated through the poetic journey of a much younger musician and cultural activist, Amin Aghaie.


Islamic Republic of Iran/Republic of Korea/Canada/Ukraine

Shahin Parhami


Pink Saris

“A girl’s life is cruel…A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women (SISTERS IN LAW, DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, ROUGH AUNTIES).


Amber Latiff, Girjashanker Vohra

Kim Longinotto


Marathon Boy

Marathon Boy is the story of a four-year-old boy who is plucked from the slums of India by his coach and trained to become India’s greatest runner


Gemma Atwal and Matt Norman

Gemma Atwal



Jag Var Värd 50 Lamm / I was worth 50 sheep

Sabere, now sixteen, was only seven years old when her father died in war.
Her uncle then inherited her. He sold her, when she was ten, to a 50-year-old man who made her pregnant four times, but each time she experienced a miscarriage.


Maryam Ebrahimi

Nima Sarvestani




Anna Dziapshipa

Heino Deckert




Two additional major awards for outstanding achievement will be presented at the ceremony.
FIAPF Award: Each year FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – determines the winner of the FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific region.UNESCO Award: The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization presents the UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film.

The 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony will be webcast live through:

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