EADn selects two docs from Mainland and Taiwan for the first Indian triggerpitch

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Following the announcement of the partnership between Europe Asia Documentary network / EADn, Kerala International Film Festival / IFFK and the new Indian Documentary Foundation / IDF in a new initiative called triggerpitch, we have selected the two non indian doc films which will be presented this month.


Director: LEE Ching-hui / Taiwan / 2011 / 95 min

An intensely human documentary film that follows the lives of foreign women over 10years. Foreign women workers in a Taiwan hospice for the elderly are there to provide for their families. They comfort themselves by singing a self-mocking song ,‛No money, no honey’. Their greatest source of sadness is being foreign to their families in their own countries. Foreign women workers work for 3 years, the duration of a contract. During the 3 years they work with almost no days off. And what awaits these women is an awkward family reunion. After using all the money they’ve earned, these women head for foreign lands again by spending a fortune. They work for the family’s future but can’t see that future themselves, and can’t share familial love with them. [Money and Honey] chronicles the women’s hard work and family affairs, which are much harder than the work; their strength and unwillingness to give up hope are affecting.

Outreach campaign

•Money and Honey (2011) was awarded grants from the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund for production (2008)
•It was selected to the Wide Angle Competition Section of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, where it won AND distribution award.
•Money and Honey was the opening Film of 2011 Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan, where it won the Audience Choice Award.

About the director: Documentarian Jasmine Ching-Hui Lee has been making films since 1996 and she is currently an assistant professor at Dayeh University in Taiwan. Her filmography includes [Where Is My Home?] (1999), [The Ballads of Grandmothers] (2003), and [City of Memories] (2007).

This film has been selected in partnership with Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund for production and Pusan International Film Festival.


‘Beijing Besieged by Waste’ 
Mainland China | 80min | Mandarin | Chinese & English Subtitles

Photographer/filmmaker Wang Jiuliang traveled around the city and visited 460 legal and illegal landfills from 2008 to 2010 to document the collection of garbage and excrement. The film shows that Beijing is already beseiged by waste and has earned the attention of government officials.

While China’s rise and its immense challenges command world attention, less light has been shed upon the colossal problem of waste generated by a burgeoning population, expanding industry, and rapacious urban growth. Photographer Wang Jiuliang turns his lens upon the grim spectacle of garbage, excrement, refuse, and wreckage heaped upon the landscape that surrounds China’s mega-metropolis, Beijing. Eking out a hazardous living within are the scavengers, mostly rural migrants, who struggle to maintain familial and cultural structures amid the bleakest of occupations. Wang shows the desecration of once-vital farmlands and rivers in the shadow of China’s gleaming cities and planes and super-trains; the unholy cycle of construction’s consumption and waste, and poignant images of the daily lives of scavengers who toil at their own peril.

Outreach campaign

•Wang drove his motorbike almost 8,000 kilometers around the capital snapping 4,000 pictures at 400 garbage dumps between October 2008 and April 2010.
•When Wang’s photos became widespread in China, the government started to take note of the issue. The waste disposal authority in Beijing responded: as of April this year, they pledged ten billion RMB to the management of landfills.
•His thousands of photos documenting the mounting waste problem in China’s capital won him the gold award for outstanding artist of the year at the 2009 Lianzhou international photography festival
•Wang hopes his documentary will be able to reach more viewers than his photos did. Next year it will be entered in the Cinéma du Réel international film festival in France

About the director: Wang Jiuliang (P.R.China)

Born in Anqiu, Shandong Province in 1976, Wang Jiuliang graduated from the Communication University of China, and works as a freelance photographer based in Beijing. From 2007 to 2008, he created photography series “China’s Traditions in Worshiping Gods and Spirits.” Wang has been engaged in the investigation about the garbage pollution surrounding Beijing since 2008. He presented the photography series “Beijing Besieged by Waste”. Since October 2008, for over three years, WANG Jiuliang, an independent photographer, set off on a journey of visiting nearly 500 dumps around Beijing, on his motorcycle. The images and videos he took completely crashed the beauty of Beijing in front of us! WANG tells us through his “lens”: Beijing has become a city besieged by waste!
Director’s Note
In people’s minds, “Beijing” is a large modern city with GDP amounting to $10,000 per capita. This ancient city is rich in history and culture, with clean streets and scenic parks… but is it really as beautiful as what it appears? Perhaps we need to ask a simple question: Where has all the waste generated every day by the population of over 20,000,000 gone?
This film has been selected in partnership with iSun Documentary Awards.







6 Asian docs to be promoted during Kerala Film Festival

The organizers of the Trigger Pitch have also selected 4 indian films dealing with important social issues through a stringent process.

Pitching: 13th December,2011
Training : 11th&12th December,2011

Venue: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

The Indian Documentary Foundation is a newly founded organisation for the promotion, development and funding of world class documentary making in India. Its founding patron is Jaaved Jaaferi, a Bollywood actor. “IDF aims to strengthen the existing documentary film activities in India. We add value financially to the production of documentaries and add value to marketing documentaries.”


The International Film Festival of Kerala is a yearly event organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. The festival is recognized by the FIAPF thus making it part of a prestigious circle of specialized festivals. The 16th edition of IFFK will be held 9th -16th December 2011.



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