The Best Documentary Feature award was given to “China Heavyweight”, while French/Cambodian “Golden Slumbers” by Davy Chou won the Special Jury Mention at the 11th Asian Film Festival of Dallas where the film was screened the 17th of July.
During the week (July, 12-19), other docs about Asia were shown, including “Where Heaven Meets Hell” (with filmaker in attendance), “Death of a cemetary” (World Premiere, with filmmakers Jeanie Duque Dizon and Phil Britton in attendance) and “Give up tomorrow”.
The dead are not the only residents at the prominent Manila North Cemetery; caretakers and their families, along with numerous vendors and craftsmen, call the cemetery their home, living in multi-level mausoleums and beside grave sites.
Despite the grim surroundings, these people have created a functional community as strong as any other, though the impacts of city officials’ eviction efforts, interlopers and health issues threaten to dislodge the living from the place alongside the dead.
Director: Jeanie Duque Dizon. Philippines / USA, 2011, 75 minutes.
A stunning and infuriating view of the depths of corruption in a country’s legal system, GIVE UP TOMORROW tracks the utter miscarriage of justice over two decades as a group of young Filipino men are charged with a horrific crime and imprisoned…without a single shred of compelling evidence.
As years pass, the family and friends of Paco Larranaga (including the filmmakers) strive to get them released, but the media circus and constant efforts by those in power to prevent any sense of truth or justice from prevailing make for an emotionally-charged cinema exposé. Director: Michael Collins. Philippines/USA, 2011, 95 minutes.
Since its creation in 2002, the annual film festival has grown to become the South’s largest showcase of Asian and Asian-American cinema. Over the past 10 years, the festival has provided opportunities for nearly 500 Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and documentarians to share their vision, often providing the only venue for their films to be shown in Dallas.
Source: Asian Film Festival Dallas (17/07/2012)