3 asian Hot Docs to watch (Now Toronto)

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The magazine Now Toronto has selected its favorite 10 docs to be watched during the next Hot Docs festival which will open on in Toronto. Among them, 3 docs from or about Asia.

“The huge documentary fest doesn’t start until next week, but you’d better buy your tickets now for these flicks, which are sure to sell out.”

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
(Alison Klayman)

Director: Alison Klayman | 91 minutes | USA, China | 2011 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Mandarin | Canadian Premiere
Program: Special Presentations

Ai Weiwei helped design Beijing’s Olympic stadium and has been celebrated around the world. He’s also endangered himself and his family by taking to Twitter to openly criticize the Chinese government’s draconian policies – leading to his detention for 81 days in the spring of 2011. Klayman’s documentary, opening Hot Docs after winning the special jury prize at Sundance, follows Ai’s efforts to make art and trouble, sometimes simultaneously.

The World Before Her
(Nisha Pahuja)

Director: Nisha Pahuja | 90 minutes | Canada, Germany, USA, UK | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Hindi | Canadian Premiere
Program: Canadian Spectrum

Which offers more in the way of female empowerment, the Miss India pageant or a fundamentalist Hindu boot camp that teaches girls to respect their cultural roots – and shoot a gun? Pahuja gets unprecedented access behind the scenes to find out.

High Tech, Low Life
(Stephen Maing)

Director: Stephen Maing | 86 minutes | USA | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) Mandarin | International Premiere
Program: Rise Against

China’s restrictions on free speech are infamous and more than a little scary. That hasn’t stopped two intrepid activists who, despite the huge risks, use their cellphones and laptops to report on untold stories inside their country. An important entry that falls under Hot Docs’ theme of activism and revolution.

SOURCE: Now Toronto (19/04/12 )

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