Archive for January, 2012

/ 01/30/2012 9:04 PM

“Jai Bhim Comrade”, a film with a difference (

It took 14 years to make the 200-minute-long documentary “Jai Bhim Comrade” on Dalits. Director Anand Patwardhan explains why. By Priyanka Borpujari (January 28, 2012 ) On January 9, in the bylanes of Byculla’s BIT Chawl, a documentary was premiered after sundown. A huge white screen ensured that people from the three-storeyed buildings nearby could also view the film. [...]

/ 01/29/2012 11:54 PM

Money and Honey (2011, Taiwan)

Director: LEE Ching-hui / Taiwan / 2011 / 95 min SYNOPSIS ” MONEY AND HONEY an Asian epic documentary on migrant workers spanning thirteen years. Director Jasmine Ching-hui LEE first came into contact with Filipino caretakers in the Taipei nursing home, where her grandparents were under care. Living away from their loved ones, both the Filipino caretakers and the elderly residents suffer from [...]

/ 01/28/2012 10:02 PM

Three docs about Asia in the Oscars 2012′s Academy Awards nominations

On January 24, the nominations for the 2012 84th Annual Academy Awards took place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Among the 10 docs and short docs of the selection, 3 are about Asia. The 2012 Oscars will be held on February 26 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. . Documentary Feature Hell And Back Again (about Afghanistan) If A Tree Falls Short: [...]

/ 01/28/2012 12:23 AM

One doc about Ai Weiwei received award at Sundance Festival 2012

On 28 january, Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, NEXT <=> and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. Among the lucky winners, one doc about Asia received an award.  The U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance was presented by Heather [...]

/ 01/22/2012 11:32 PM

Venezuela’s Cisneros Group and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV ink doc alliance

Some hours before Natpe opening, Venezuela’s Cisneros Group and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV have announced a deal which will foster the broadcasting of Venevision documentaries in Mainland China.   Under this agreement, CCTV’s Documentary Channel will create a themed Latin Week of programming which will show a selection of documentaries provided by the Cisneros Group’s global distribution subsidiary Venevision International. On the other side, Cisneros Group will “secure a [...]

/ 01/20/2012 2:09 AM

British DRG strikes international deals for the Channel 4′s Sri Lanka doc

UK-based distributor DRG has secured sales around the world for a controversial Channel 4 documentary on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s “Killing Fields” was produced by ITN Productions and aired by C4 in June last year. The film used mobile phone footage and eye witness accounts of war crimes allegedly committed at the end of the country’s civil war between the government and Tamil Tigers [...]

/ 01/18/2012 2:39 AM

Asian Royal sales for UK DRG

Broadcasters from Australia and Japan have secured several doc about british Royal family from London-based distributor DRG. The 2 docs are “The Real King’s Speech” and ”Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters” . . “The Real King’s Speech”, produced by 1212 Entertainment for Channel 4 in the UK, has been picked up by NHK in Japan and Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific. The one-hour special tells the [...]

/ 01/17/2012 2:29 AM

Discovery Asia-Pacific and NHK launch doc copro on Japan’s recovery

A documentary coproduction between Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and prodco Bang Singapore, featuring Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, will document the recovery of Japan after its devastating tsunami and earthquake of last March. According to Discovery Asia-Pacific, the coproduction will have a Japanese director, cameraman and editor together with an international executive production team. The film will have a [...]

/ 01/05/2012 10:43 PM

Japan: the sleeping documentary giant (C21Media)

The first documentary pitching session held in Japan took place last month. NHK’s World Documentary executive producer Ken-ichi Imamura tells Clive Whittingham about his hopes for the future of the region’s documentary market.   Ken-ichi Imamura is a frustrated man. Frustrated, but optimistic. As the executive producer of the World Documentary strand on Japanese public broadcaster NHK, it is his [...]