Archive for May, 2012

/ 05/24/2012 5:05 AM

Acid attack victims seek to block ‘Saving Face’ Pakistan screening (Global Post)

Acid attack victims who were featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face” sought to block its screening in Pakistan. By Priyanka Boghani In May 23, 2012 The survivors of acid attacks who were featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face” threatened to go to court to block the film from being shown in Pakistan, according to the BBC. The subjects [...]

/ 05/19/2012 9:59 AM

L.A. Asian Pacific 2012: 6 prizes for docs about Asia

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival gave several docs about Asia including Michael Collins’ “Give Up Tomorrow” which earned the audience prize for documentary film at the fest. ”Give Up” exposed corrupt public officials in a backdrop to the struggle two mothers undertook over the fate of one young man. . In the documentary jury competition, “Where heaven meets hell” directed [...]

/ 05/19/2012 6:40 AM

Empty halls greet docu-films (The Hindu Business)

It’s touted as Asia’s first dedicated screen for documentary films. But two weeks after the State-run Nandan cine-complex in Kolkata began screening documentaries, the response has been far from encouraging. By Abhishek Law Kolkata, May 17 According to reports, in the first two weeks of screenings, only about 25 viewers turned up for each show in a 200-seater hall. Documentaries [...]

/ 05/17/2012 9:41 PM

Bradley Cox (USA):”There are a lot of people like me in Asia who have a passion to tell a particular story.”

Four days before to receive one of the Peabody Awards in NY (21st May) for his film “who killed Chea Vichea?”, the american director Bradley Cox, speaks about the film and his passion for documentary and Asia. Could you introduce yourself ? I used to run restaurants in New York City (where I was born) but realized I didn’t want to be doing that [...]

/ 05/17/2012 8:44 AM

China cuisine documentary offers food for thought (China Daily)

A program about Chinese cuisines will offer insights into the geographical, historical and cultural dimensions of what the country’s people eat. By Sun Li In China Daily ( 2012-05-17 ) Helmed by award-winning documentary maker Chen Xiaoqing, the seven-part high-definition documentary A Bite of China is the first self-produced nonfiction series about food by CCTV-9, the documentary channel. It will air [...]

/ 05/14/2012 9:53 AM

‘Bitter Seeds’ documentary explores the human toll of GMOs in India (

“Bitter Seeds” is the third and final film in Micha X. Peled’s award-winning Globalization Trilogy. The film follows a season, from sowing to harvest, in an Indian village where many small farmers are struggling to make a living. By Jennifer Valentine: Editorial Manager, OneGreenPlanet.Org May 10, 2012 Following a U.S. complaint to the World Trade Organization, India was coerced into [...]

/ 05/13/2012 4:45 AM

China dance documentary attracts continuous attention (China Daily)

The 2012 Beijing International Film Festival may have ended on April 28. But discussion on Taste of Body, which was screened at the event, continues. The 52-minute work is the only documentary at the festival and claims to be the first Chinese documentary about modern dance. By Xu Lin In China Daily ( 2012-05-11) It is co-produced by independent filmmaker [...]

/ 05/11/2012 11:21 PM

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 with a strong taste of Asia

Doc/Fest’s 19th edition will bring to Sheffield some of this year’s documentary heavy-hitters and will also show the best of docs from or about Asia. The festival programme includes 120 films from dozens of countries, including 16 films from or about Asia, 300 speakers from the digital and docs sector and over 150 buyers and decision makers from 20 countries participate [...]

/ 05/11/2012 7:39 PM

Docaviv 2012: “Planet of Snail” wins the International competition

On 9 May 2012, the winners of the Docaviv 2012 Film Festival competitions were announced at the Port of Tel Aviv. The Best International Film award was given to the Korean film “Planet of Snail”. The film is directed by Yi Seungjun and produced by Kim Minchul and Gary Kam. It received 20,000 ₪ courtesy of the Ministry of Culture & Sport – The Israeli Film [...]

/ 05/11/2012 12:25 PM

China Heavyweight: Documentary uses boxing to examine China (The Montreal Gazette)

Interview with Ottawa-based Yi Han, boxing coach Qi Moxiang and director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) By T’Cha Dunlevy, GAZETTE FILM CRITIC MONTREAL – When Ottawa-based film producer Yi Han first called boxing coach Qi Moxiang on his cellphone in rural China, he was at a wedding. Their conversation lasted more than an hour; by the time it was over, [...]