Archive for category: Canada

/ 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: [...]

/ 04/17/2012 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 [...]

/ 04/06/2012 4:25 PM

Chinese “The Vanishing Spring Light” wins Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du Réel 2012

“The Vanishing Spring Light” by Xun Yu has been awarded the Joris Ivens Prize during the Cinéma du Réel, Paris International Documentary Festival on 5th April 2012. The prize (EUR 7,500) was granted by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, the European Foundation Joris Ivens and the association The Friends of Cinéma du réel. The award was given by the First Films jury, made up of  [...]

/ 04/05/2012 10:01 PM

Zeitgeist acquires Canada/China doc “China Heavyweight”

Zeitgeist Films has acquired US rights to Yung Chang’s “China Heavyweight,” the documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film is Chang’s follow-up to the acclaimed “Up The Yangtze,” which Zeitgeist also distributed. A Summer 2012 release in planned. Zeitgeist made the annoucement on 4th April. The distribution company will acquire the U. S. rights from [...]

/ 04/05/2012 12:20 AM

The World Before Her (2012, USA – UK)

Director: Nisha Pahuja | 90 minutes | Canada, Germany, USA, UK | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Hindi | About India SYNOPSIS “Twenty young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp – they are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and freedom [...]

/ 04/02/2012 12:23 AM

The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011 / Canada)

Director: Ariel J. Nasr | 52 minutes | Canada | 2011 | color | HDcam About Afganistan SYNOPSIS “A group of young Afghan women strive to become world-class boxers, training without the benefit of even the most basic facilities at the national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. They are loyal to their country, yet dare to [...]

/ 03/30/2012 9:55 PM

China Heavyweight (2012, Canada / China)

Director: Yung Chang | 89 minutes | Canada, China | 2012 | Language: Sichuanese SYNOPSIS “Boxing was banned in China for decades for being too violent. Now, director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) follows a boxing coach as he recruits and trains poor rural teenagers to become champions for the glory of their country. Award-winning director Yung Chang (Up the [...]

/ 03/22/2012 11:29 AM

Hot Docs 2012 Canadian International Documentary Festival to show 2 docs about China

Hot Docs 2012, April 26 to May 6, will open will the Canadian Premiere of Alison Klayman’s AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY. HOT DOCS ANNOUNCES 2012 LINE UP – 189 DOCUMENTARIES FROM A RECORD 51 COUNTRIES Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6. From 2,085 film submissions, this year’s [...]

/ 03/21/2012 5:31 PM

Hot Docs 2012 selects 20 films from or about Asia Pacific

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6, at a press conference this morning at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. From 2,085 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 189 titles from a record 51 countries in 11 screening programs. Among this selection, 20 films are from [...]

/ 02/18/2012 10:30 PM

Boxing clever in China (C21 Media)

Bob Moore of EyeSteel Film tells Sean Davidson (C21 Media) about the challenges his firm faced in making “China Heavyweight”, a pioneering official coproduction between Canada and China.   Some things never change. Even in China, where so many things about the TV business are being turned on their heads, there still isn’t any money for documentaries. And that, says Bob [...]