Archive for category: Afghanistan

/ 04/19/2012 11:22 PM

UK C4 recruits “Afghan army girls” for its “true stories”

The UK’s Channel 4 will air a documentary about women joining the Afghan army as part of its summer schedule. “Afghan Army Girls” (1×60′) is produced by London based Raw Cut and follows the lives of three young women as they go through the gruelling recruitment process for the Afghan National Army.    The doc has been ordered by documentaries commissioning [...]

/ 04/02/2012 8:26 PM

Visions du Réel 2012 selects 13 films from or about Asia

The swiss doc Festival Visions du Réel will open its 2012 edition on 20th April 2012. Among the 3 500 films which have been reviewed by the festival team and its correspondents in latin America, USA, Russia, India and Asia Pacific, 110 docs have been selected for the different sections of the competition. 47 countries are represented in this selection. Among all the [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 03/21/2012 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 [...]

/ 03/20/2012 1:13 AM

“Afghan Army Girls” (Raw Cut, UK, 2012)

  “These women are pioneers in Afghanistan and face a very real danger of being targeted by the Taliban. Many have also been accused of bringing shame on their families, but each has a different reason for signing up to the army. For many it is to embrace women’s liberation in a country that has been subjected to strict Islamic [...]

/ 02/07/2012 11:57 PM

8 Asian docs invited to Paris by Cinema du Réel 2012

Eight Asian films (including 4 shorts) have been selected for the 2012 edition of the Cinéma du Réel documentary festival at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France (22 Mar — 3 Apr 2012). Among its 8 films, the international competition section includes the world premiere of Pathway 道路 (China, 113’, 2011), by China’s XU Xin 徐辛. The film was supposed to [...]

/ 02/02/2012 11:46 PM

Five Asian docs and reports selected by FIPA 2012

Some Asian docs and reports were selected for the 25th FIPA which happened from 25 to 29 january in Biarritz (France). One of them won the Fipa d’argent Special prize in the doc section. 2012 official selection / documentary . The Kingdom of Mr. Edhi   FIPA D’ARGENT / Special Prize The Kingdom of Mister Edhi is a fly-on-the-wall portrait [...]

/ 01/28/2012 10:02 PM

Three docs about Asia in the Oscars 2012′s Academy Awards nominations

On January 24, the nominations for the 2012 84th Annual Academy Awards took place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Among the 10 docs and short docs of the selection, 3 are about Asia. The 2012 Oscars will be held on February 26 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. . Documentary Feature Hell And Back Again (about Afghanistan) If A Tree Falls Short: [...]