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IDFA selects 2 Asian projects for its “online Forum”

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The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has selected five projects to pitch for funding at part of a ‘Forum Online’ initiative, including 2 from or about Asia. Both speak about marriage in Cambodia and India.

The projects are all from countries that are typically less represented at the IDFA Forum and other pitching events in Europe, and all five have support from IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund, which aims “to give a voice” to non-western filmmakers.

“Just like the onsite Forum in Amsterdam, the presentation and conversation will be mediated by an international film professional whose goal is to seek out partners for coproduction and funding that fit each project in particular,” said IDFA Forum head Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen. “For this round, documentary consultant Karolina Lidin [Nordisk Film & TV Fond] will be moderating.”

The 2 projects from or about Asia are: 

. Red Wedding (Noces Rouges)

Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 women were forced into marriages by the Khmer Rouge. Red wedding is the story of one of its victims, Pen Sochan. 

Country: Cambodia, France

Director: Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan

Production: Rithy Panh for Bophana Center

Co-production: Julien Roumy for Tipasa Production

Film page on IDFA website

Contact: Bophana Center, Rithy Panh

. When Hari Got Married

Age-old customs and traditions collide with a rapidly modernizing India when Hari, a small-town taxi driver, has an arranged marriage to a girl he has never met.

Country: USA, England, India 

Director:  Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

Production: Ritu Sarin for Karmic Films

Film page on IDFA website  Video trailer on Vimeo

Contact: White Crane Films, Ritu Sarin
Links and synopses are provided by IDFA
SOURCES: IDFA, realscreen (2/3/12)

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