Archive for April, 2012

/ 04/24/2012 11:49 AM

‘Himalayan Meltdown’ wins prize at Worldfest International Film Festival

The United Nations Development Programme-produced film “Himalayan Meltdown” won the prestigious Platinum Award in the broadcast documentary category at the 45th annual Worldfest International Film Festival, the oldest independent film festival in the world. The one-hour film examines the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas and the effects they have on the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in Asia. [...]

/ 04/24/2012 11:46 AM

“It’s a crazy, visual sport” (The Ottawa Citizen)

This ancient game involves players competing to control a headless goat. An Ottawa filmmaker has captured the action.   Ottawa-area filmmaker Najeeb Mirza first saw the sport of buzkashi in Tajikistan in 2004. And he was hooked. BY KENDRA HOSKIN OTTAWA CITIZEN (APRIL 23, 2012) The age-old Central Asian game involves men on horseback competing for control of the headless [...]

/ 04/21/2012 11:29 PM

National Geographic Channel focus again on Malaysian Tourism

Fox International Channels is teaming up again with the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board to showcase the country’s attractions via National Geographic Channel. “Malaysian Journey: Rainforest”, will be presented by Hollywood star and martial artist Jason Scott Lee. Launching on April 21 on National Geographic Channel’s global network, this year’s installment will focus on Malaysia’s famous rainforest regions. This special comes [...]

/ 04/20/2012 10:11 PM

Where Heaven Meets Hell (2012, USA)

Director: Sasha Friedlander | 80 minutes | USA | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) Indonesian, English | Countries: Indonesia, United States SYNOPSIS “In East Java, Indonesia lies Kawah Ijen, an active volcano that houses a grueling, labor-intensive sulfur mining operation. Before daybreak, five hundred independent miners begin to collect and haul loads of up to 200lbs. of pure sulfur. They trek up [...]

/ 04/20/2012 9:07 PM

The Most Important British Vessel Sunk Off the Chinese Coast You’ve Never Heard Of (WSJ China Real Time)

In recent weeks, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic and the 3D re-release of 1997’s Oscar-winning ‘Titanic’ has galvanized attention in China, where movie goers spent $58 million over the course of a single weekend to re-experience the demise of the infamous liner. Now a pair of filmmakers is hoping to draw [...]

/ 04/20/2012 2:29 PM

3 asian Hot Docs to watch (Now Toronto)

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: [...]

/ 04/19/2012 11:22 PM

UK C4 recruits “Afghan army girls” for its “true stories”

The UK’s Channel 4 will air a documentary about women joining the Afghan army as part of its summer schedule. “Afghan Army Girls” (1×60′) is produced by London based Raw Cut and follows the lives of three young women as they go through the gruelling recruitment process for the Afghan National Army.    The doc has been ordered by documentaries commissioning [...]

/ 04/19/2012 2:53 PM

NHK picks up Universum titles

NHK has snapped up new programming from Austrian pubcaster ORF, including documentaries about the Zambezi and Danube rivers and crime series Four Women & a Funeral.     The Japanese pubcaster has picked up three of the latest projects from ORF’s natural history unit Universum, led by Andrew Solomon. . “Mystery of the Fairy Circles”, a 50-minute doc about a [...]

/ 04/17/2012 8:27 PM

Tribeca Festival 2012 World Documentary Competition includes 3 films from or about Asia

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has announced 46 films selected to play in three sections of TFF 2012: 12 films in World Narrative Competition, 12 films in World Documentary Competition, and 22 films in the out-of-competition Viewpoints section. Viewpoints, established last year, highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Among the 12 films in the 2012 World Doc [...]

/ 04/17/2012 5:46 PM

Filming the “rat race” (The Hindu)

Miriam Chandy, journalist-turned-filmmaker, tells Harshini Vakkalanka that its now an exciting time to be a documentary filmmaker. Her film, “The Rat Race” is all set for release. By Harshini Vakkalanka In The Hindu (April 9, 2012)    An aspiring Bollywood dancer (a Parsi) turns into a municipal rat killer after his father tells him that a government job would be [...]