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

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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 Competition, 3 docs are from or about Asia.

 

For the first time, the documentary competition section will have designated opening night films on April 19: “The World Before Her” (from canada, but about India) will open the World Documentary competition.

The 11th Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 18 to 29 in lower Manhattan.
 
. HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE
Directed by Stephen Maing
(USA, China)—World Premiere

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 rogue bloggers Zola and Tiger Temple as they risk political persecution to become China’s uncensored eyes and ears. In Mandarin with subtitles.

 
. PLANET OF SNAIL
Directed by Seung-Jun Yi
(South Korea)—North American Premiere

Deaf and blind, Young-Chan lives in a quiet, isolated world in his small apartment. But when Soon-Ho, an empathetic woman compromised by a spinal disability, comes into his life, a unique love story begins. Poetic and gently paced, Planet of Snail brings to life the sensual world shared by this special couple, and illustrates that the greatest beauty can be found in the smallest and most unlikely love stories. In Korean with subtitles.

 
. “THE WORLD BEFORE HER”
Directed by Nisha Pahuja
(Canada)—World Premiere

Weaving together the seemingly opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, director Nisha Pahuja illuminates the situation of women across contemporary India, drawing surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them in both modernizing and traditional cultures. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition. In English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati with subtitles.

STATISTICS
The 2012 film slate was chosen from a total of 5950 submissions, a record number for the Festival. The 2012 film selection includes feature films from 32 different countries, including 53 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres, 16 North American Premieres, 10 U.S. Premieres and six New York Premieres. A total of 107 directors will be presenting feature works at the Festival, with 33 of these filmmakers presenting their feature directorial debuts. Among these directors, 25 are women. Twenty-six feature film directors are returning TFF filmmakers.

AWARDS
This year, 12 narrative and 12 documentary features making their North American, International, or World Premieres will compete for combined cash prizes amounting to $180,000 and donated artwork from the Artists Awards program sponsored by Chanel, featuring renowned artists including Cindy Sherman, JR, Kara Walker and Stanley Whitney.

Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition website

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