Archive for category: Canada

/ 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 [...]

/ 05/17/2012 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 [...]

/ 05/11/2012 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, [...]

/ 05/09/2012 6:55 PM

Nisha Pahuja Documentary Wins Honors at Tribeca

Indian-origin filmmaker Nisha Pahuja’s documentary about the life and struggles of women in India has won the best documentary feature award and a $25,000 prize at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in America. Pahuja won for her documentary “The World Before Her,” which brings together the opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant [...]

/ 05/05/2012 9:51 PM

4 films about Asia among the Hot Docs 2012 Award Winners

On 4th may, ten awards and $71,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. 4 of the awarded films are about or from Asia Pacific. . Best Canadian Feature THE WORLD BEFORE HER (D: Nisha Pahuja; P: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja, Ed Barreveld) Sponsored by [...]

/ 05/03/2012 6:04 PM

3 docs about Asia at the 11th DOXA festival in Vancouver

From exploits of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei to the women of Afghanistan, the 11th DOXA festival offers varieties of views on the Asian world. Alison Klayman’s “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”, is one of the highlights of this year’s DOXA documentary film festival, which opens Friday and runs to May 13. The film is slated for the closing night gala at 7 [...]

/ 05/01/2012 7:18 PM

A doc about India among the top winners of 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

On 26th April, the 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony in New York City. Top winners in the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Awards include a doc about India, “The World Before Her”, together with “War Witch”, “Una Noche”, and “Wavumba”.  World Documentary Competition [...]

/ 05/01/2012 2:59 AM

New territories for “the boxing girls of Kabul”

The National Film Board of Canada has announced a several sales for its documentary “The Boxing Girls of Kabul”, which is scheduled to screen at Hot Docs 2012.  Deals have been signed in the US with VOD service In Demand, in French Canada with TV 5, in Latin America with the Pan Regional TV Direct TV and DLA, in Israel with DBS,  in France with France Televisions and in Russia with 24 Doc. The [...]

/ 04/27/2012 9:17 PM

NHK and BBC join Insefilm Prod. on “Beyond the Wave”

  NHK in Japan, the BBC in the UK, IKON in the Netherlands and WDR Cologne in Germany have joined Berlin-based Inselfilm Production as coproducers of ”Beyond the Wave”. The film sees director Kyoko Myake revisit her mother’s hometown of Fukushima after last year’s tsunami and earthquake. Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has finalized the coproduction deals as well as pre-sales with SVT in Sweden, YES in [...]

/ 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 [...]