Archive for March, 2012

/ 03/30/2012 9:55 PM

China Heavyweight (2012, Canada / China)

Director: Yung Chang | 89 minutes | Canada, China | 2012 | Language: Sichuanese SYNOPSIS “Boxing was banned in China for decades for being too violent. Now, director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) follows a boxing coach as he recruits and trains poor rural teenagers to become champions for the glory of their country. Award-winning director Yung Chang (Up the [...]

/ 03/28/2012 8:42 PM

Despite the Gods (2012, Australia)

Director: Penny Vozniak | 85 minutes | Australia | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Hindi SYNOPSIS ” Welcome to India! Home of the world’s largest movie industry, where mere mortal film stars are worshiped with the same fervor as timeless Indian Gods; and the new buzzword ‘co-production’ looms on the lips of Indian financiers keen to form a Bollywood-Hollywood alliance. [...]

/ 03/27/2012 9:56 PM

Jan Vrijman Fund supports 6 Asian projects

The Jan Vrijman Fund (JVF), an initiative of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), has granted €212,000 (just over US$279,000) to 20 new projects, including 5 from or about Asia. The JVF provides grants to independent documentary makers from developing countries, and covers individual film projects as well as projects that promote local documentary production and distribution in general. [...]

/ 03/27/2012 9:43 PM

Beyond the Wave 波の向こう (Germany) (In production)

Set in Japan 58 /90 minutes An Inselfilm Production (Berlin, Germany) Production:    August 2011 – August 2012 in Japan SYNOPSIS “A small town in Fukushima prefecture fights for its survival after the nuclear explosions expelled all its residents as an ironic surprise and haunt every step the townsmen take to rebuild their life.” ( “The director revisits Fukushima to find [...]

/ 03/26/2012 9:49 AM

ON THE MOVE / March – April 2012

BBC Worldwide Japan names new President Ken Munekata is joining BBC Worldwide in the role of president for Japan, after having served nearly three decades at Sony Corporation. Based in Tokyo, Munekata will be responsible for the commercial activities and strategic development for BBC Worldwide across its sales and distribution and consumer products businesses, as well as live events and [...]

/ 03/25/2012 11:38 PM

Golden Slumbers (Le Sommeil d’Or) (2011, France / Cambodia)

Director: Davy Chou Country: France/Cambodia Year: 2011 Duration: 96 mins Language: Khmer and French with English subtitles Theatrical release: Cambodia, 19 Jan 2012 SYNOPSIS Discover the unknown history of the birth and destruction of Cambodian cinema, from the first film ever made in 1960 to the arrival of the Khmer Rouges in 1975. In 15 years, about 400 films were [...]

/ 03/25/2012 3:14 PM

China’s CCTV Cocumentary Channel announces its new slate of doc. series and partners

During Filmart in Hong Kong, China’s CCTV Documentary channel announces new documentary series to be produced with its international partners the National Geographic Channel, and the BBC; as well as its solely produced projects in 2012. The channel, also known as CCTV-9, was established in January 2011 with Chinese and English versions. According to CCTV, the domestic version of the [...]

/ 03/22/2012 11:29 AM

Hot Docs 2012 Canadian International Documentary Festival to show 2 docs about China

Hot Docs 2012, April 26 to May 6, will open will the Canadian Premiere of Alison Klayman’s AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY. HOT DOCS ANNOUNCES 2012 LINE UP – 189 DOCUMENTARIES FROM A RECORD 51 COUNTRIES Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6. From 2,085 film submissions, this year’s [...]

/ 03/21/2012 5:31 PM

Hot Docs 2012 selects 20 films from or about Asia Pacific

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6, at a press conference this morning at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. From 2,085 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 189 titles from a record 51 countries in 11 screening programs. Among this selection, 20 films are from [...]

/ 03/21/2012 2:59 PM

High tech, Low life (2012 / USA – China)

Directed by Stephen Maing (2012 / USA, China) SYNOPSIS “As the Chinese government expands its efforts to “police the Internet” and block websites in the country, and television stations selectively report the news, the rising tide of censorship has aroused a wave of citizen reporters committed to investigating local news stories and crime scenes. This timely and probing documentary tracks [...]