Among the 8 international documentary projects which have received funding via The Independent Television Service’s (ITVS) International Call for 2011, 3 are about Asia. They are part of its Global Perspectives project.
All of the eight projects are slated for eventual broadcast, including slots on US PBS series such as Independent Lens and P.O.V., and the international series Global Voices.
“We are elated to have this new crop of projects join our growing catalog of ground-breaking documentaries, each connecting Americans to the world, and the world to Americans,” said Claire Aguilar, vice president of programming for ITVS.
The 3 Asian projects chosen for this year’s round, with descriptions provided by ITVS, are as follows:
. Fallen City
Producer: Lixin Fan
Director: Qi Zhao
Fallen City follows the survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake as they embark on a journey in search of hope, meaning, and identity. Zeroing in on three broken families, the film explores the hearts and minds of ordinary rural Chinese forced to restore their lives and the meaning of life in a world without their home and loved ones. A devoted father, a divorced older woman, and a runaway teenage boy – each on their own journey – become a collective image, struggling to find a new position in a new China torn between tradition and modernity.
. Miss Nikki & the Tiger Girls
Producer: Jessica Douglas-Henry
Director: Juliet Lamont
The poorest nation in South East Asia, Myanmar has been ruled by a series of military dictatorships for many years. This documentary provides a rare opportunity to go behind the bamboo curtain and explore the lives of ordinary people living in this country through an intimate portrait of Myanmar’s first all-girl band The Tiger Girls.
. When Hari Got Married
Producers/Directors: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
Hari, a young, but traditional taxi driver in Dharamsala, India, is getting married to a girl he has never met, but with whom he has fallen in love after many mobile phone conversations. Now, frantic preparations are afoot to make sure the wedding goes off without a hitch. Outspoken, opinionated, and funny, Hari grapples with nerves, heartburn, and mounting tension as the day of reckoning draws close.
ITVS received 476 submissions from 118 countries representing 72 languages. The selections made for this year provide American audiences with insight and access into the worlds of those living in Uruguay, Iran, China, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Myanmar, and India.
For those interested in submitting proposals for the 2012 ITVS International Call, the deadline is December 9, 2011. More information can be found here.