Archive for category: India

/ 05/02/2012 12:24 AM

“Documentaries find audience now” (Times of India)

BANGALORE: As Mumbai’s rat killers carry carcasses of rodents every morning to earn a living, multiplexes across the country have audiences cuing into the topic. By Nirmala Govindarajan The Times of India, Apr 26, 2012 What awakened Bangalore-bred Miriam Chandy Menacherry’s attention to the issue was a small article in a Mumbai newspaper. ” It said the municipality was holding auditions [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 04/28/2012 6:31 PM

Penny Vozniak (Australia): “very personal stories are actually the stories of the whole world”

Few hours before the world premiere of her first documentary in Toronto, “Despite the gods”, Penny Vozniak speaks about the shooting in Bollywood and her new projects in kabul or Japan. Could you introduce yourself ? I was born in Australia, but these days I live between the US, Europe and Sydney. Like most filmmakers I tend to spend time where [...]

/ 04/26/2012 11:43 PM

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival presents 5 doc feat. from or about Asia Pacific

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 19-May 3. As usual, the spring event is an ”extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation”. This year 31 feature docs have been included in the festival’s selection. Among them, 5 films are from or about Asia Pacific. . Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Alison Klayman,  USA/China, 2012 “Renowned artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has waged [...]

/ 04/24/2012 11:49 AM

‘Himalayan Meltdown’ wins prize at Worldfest International Film Festival

The United Nations Development Programme-produced film “Himalayan Meltdown” won the prestigious Platinum Award in the broadcast documentary category at the 45th annual Worldfest International Film Festival, the oldest independent film festival in the world. The one-hour film examines the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas and the effects they have on the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in Asia. [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 04/17/2012 5:46 PM

Filming the “rat race” (The Hindu)

Miriam Chandy, journalist-turned-filmmaker, tells Harshini Vakkalanka that its now an exciting time to be a documentary filmmaker. Her film, “The Rat Race” is all set for release. By Harshini Vakkalanka In The Hindu (April 9, 2012)    An aspiring Bollywood dancer (a Parsi) turns into a municipal rat killer after his father tells him that a government job would be [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 04/03/2012 8:40 PM

HKIFF Young doc award for “Jai Bhim Comrade”

On 3rd April, the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) announced this year’s winning films for its “Young awards”, the SIGNIS Awards, FIPRESCI Prize, and the Firebird Awards for Short Film Competition, Documentary Competition and Young Cinema Competition.   The Documentary Competition Award is made to documentary filmmakers who address social issues. . The Firebird Award was made to [...]