Archive for February, 2012

/ 02/29/2012 10:23 PM

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain (2011, USA)

  2011 | USA | 58, 83 min |Director: Robert H. Lieberman | Producers: Deborah C. Hoard, Photosynthesis Productions About Burma SYNOPSIS “The story of Burma, told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a 2 year period by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman. It provides an astonishing and intimate look inside at what has been one of the most isolated countries on the planet, [...]

/ 02/28/2012 11:44 PM

With “Saving Face”, Pakistan celebrates its first (doc) Oscar

Karachi-born freelance journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won first-ever Oscar for Pakistan on Sunday in Los Angeles for her film “Saving Face” under the category ‘Best Documentary, Short Subject’. Sharmeen’s documentary, co-directed by US-based Daniel Junge, is based on acid attack survivors in Pakistan. In her acceptance speech Sharmeen said she hoped her film will resonate for others in Pakistan. [...]

/ 02/28/2012 2:11 AM

Young filmmakers from Asia and Europe wanted by ASEF

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Asia-Europe Foundation is launching the first Asia-Europe Short Films Contest. Young aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts from Asia and Europe are invited to express their views on the relations between both regions through their short (up to 3-minute films) of any type – animation, documentary, fiction, mobile phone video. Short films about Asia [...]

/ 02/27/2012 12:50 AM

Elephant Soldiers (Armenia)

  Directors: Vardan HOVHANNISYAN, Inna SAHAKYAN Producers: Yulia GRIGORYANTS, Inna SAHAKYAN Production Company: Bars Media Documentary Film Studio Company website SYNOPSIS “Robinson is loudly protesting in front of an electric fence, demanding his right to pass through. Max and Joseph are trying to convince him to leave, as his life is in danger. Meanwhile, Mzee is busy negotiating with the [...]

/ 02/25/2012 12:30 AM

Exclusive screen for documentaries and short films in India (

The Indian city Kolkata is poised to be the first in Asia to reserve a permanent screening venue for short films and documentaries. Starting with award-winning ‘Wagah’ and ‘Bilal’, Nandan II-the 200-seater auditorium at the cultural hub – is all set to screen only non-feature films. Though a formal decision is expected next week, Nandan chief executive officer Jadav Mondal [...]

/ 02/24/2012 1:42 AM

HK Film Festival 2012 includes 4 doc films in its competition

On 23 February, HKIFFS revealed the official selection of the 36th HK International Film Festival. Among the many films, 11 are doc films, including 4 in the competition. Documentary competition . Hometown Boy (金城小子) For this documentary project, director and cinematographer Yao Hung-i (姚宏易), a Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) protege, follows Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong (劉小東) as he takes a trip back [...]

/ 02/22/2012 11:05 PM

New call for projects from Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund

Independent filmmakers who are having difficulty getting their projects off the ground may seek help from the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF). The ACF provides diverse funding programs which can help young filmmakers to complete their projects.   “Now entering its fifth year, ACF hopes to create a renewed solidarity within Asian cinema, and that this new perspective will [...]

/ 02/21/2012 2:49 AM

“Himalaya Meltdown”: will Mount Everest be around for another century?

A new documentary looks at the socio-economic and environmental issues that envelope the Himalayas and its glaciers. This is a must-watch for naturalists and eco warriors. By: The Guide Team   Date:  2012-02-20 If you care for India’s fast-vanishing natural wonders that are constantly under threat from all kinds of dangers, you might want to change plans for this evening. “Himalayan [...]

/ 02/20/2012 9:40 PM

India blacklists Danish journalists over damning documentaries (asiancorrespondent)

/ 02/19/2012 11:48 PM

Nuclear Nation, the Fukushima Refugees story (released doc)

A documentary about the exile of Futaba’s residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, Futaba locals heard the hydrogen explosion at Reactor Number 1 and were showered with nuclear fallout. In response, the Japanese government designated the whole town as an “exclusion zone” and 1,400 [...]