Archive for March, 2012

/ 03/20/2012 1:13 AM

“Afghan Army Girls” (Raw Cut, UK, 2012)

  “These women are pioneers in Afghanistan and face a very real danger of being targeted by the Taliban. Many have also been accused of bringing shame on their families, but each has a different reason for signing up to the army. For many it is to embrace women’s liberation in a country that has been subjected to strict Islamic [...]

/ 03/17/2012 9:41 AM

A feast of documentaries, Salaya combines the best of the worlds of facts and fiction (Bangkok Post )

For the second time, Salaya International Documentary Film Festival will treat doc-heads to a rich diversity of real-life stories from across Asia. Hosted by the Thai Film Archive, the festival represents a growing significance of documentary films as a means of expression and a channel for report and reflection, a marriage between storytelling ambition and journalistic functionality.   311, a [...]

/ 03/17/2012 8:53 AM

Doc film follows Chinese pilgrims’ progress to Mecca (China Daily)

For every able-bodied Muslim, the hajj, one of the largest pilgrimages in the world, is a religious duty which must be performed at least once during a devotee’s lifetime. To that aim, every year, Muslim pilgrims journey to the Holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The same, of course, holds true for Chinese Muslims. By Zhang Liping In, March [...]

/ 03/15/2012 9:29 PM

“Eyes are not needed for Filming” (Caui Studio / China)

Title: “She Ying Bu Kao Yan Jing” (Eyes are not needed for filming) Synopsis: 30 years ago, Mr. Ren Shulin, a young photographer made use of his spare time and took pictures of campus life of high school students. For the past eight years, thousands of pictures are forgotten in the boxes at his home. He never expects these pictures will trigger a [...]

/ 03/13/2012 10:09 AM

Turning to true stories (Hindustan Times)

Three years ago, 36-year-old graphic designer Nitesh Mohanty walked into Indo-French cultural centre Alliance Française to watch an Indian documentary — Anand Patwardhan’s “Prisoners of Conscience”. By Humaira Ansari, In Hindustan Times (March 12, 2012) The film, on the plight of political prisoners during the 1955-57 Emergency, caught Mohanty’s attention. “Until then, he had only seen popular international documentaries such [...]

/ 03/13/2012 9:15 AM

Yanfei 闫非 (Caui Studio, China): “we need to learn from outstanding production done by other producers”

Yanfei, a Chinese independant documentary producer and director, speaks about the new trends in the production, financing and distribution of documentary content in mainland China. He also presents his weekly initiative to promote domestic and international doc to the beijing audience. 中国独立制作人及导演闫非接受本会访问,讲述对中国的纪录片制作趋势、筹集资金和分销等的相关看法。此外,他也向我们介绍了每周开放于北京观众的纪录片放映活动,希望通过放映宣传中国和国外的纪录片。 Can you introduce yourself  ? 请您自我介绍一下(教育、职业背景,如何/为何从事纪录片工作) I majored in engineering design and advertising. During the past years, I have worked [...]

/ 03/07/2012 2:10 AM

Ridley Scott and Fuji TV team up on “one day” quake documentary

US filmmaker Ridley Scott and Fuji Television are teaming up to make “Japan in a Day,” a documentary about how people spend the first anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.   “The project is dedicated to the many japanese people who lost their lives or are still suffering from the March 11 disaster, which killed nearly 20,000 people and set [...]

/ 03/05/2012 7:04 PM

From EADn to ADN: a more global platform for a wider doc cooperation with Asia

Less than 2 years after its creation, Europe Asia Documentary Network (EADn) evolved into Asia Documentary Network / ADN. This change of name also signifies a change of scope and a new step in its strategy. With this new name, ADN keeps its ambition to promote documentary cooperation and coproduction with Asia and Asian docmakers, but the scope is changing to a wider extent, [...]

/ 03/03/2012 1:36 PM

“Planet of snail” (2011 / South-Korea)

South Korea – Japan / 2011 / HD – 16:9 87′ (feature edition) – 52′ (TV version) Language: Korean with english subtitles Director: Seung-Jun Yi Producer: Min-Chul Kim, Gary Kam (CreativeEAST) Co-producer: Janne Niskala (Vaski Filmi / Finland) Worldwide distribution: Cat&Docs SYNOPSIS: I come from planet of snail where people communicate by touching each other. We call ourselves “snails” because [...]

/ 03/03/2012 3:06 AM

IDFA selects 2 Asian projects for its “online Forum”

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 [...]