Archive for category: ASIA-PACIFIC

/ 08/01/2012 2:16 PM

EIDF Docu fest zooms in on school life (koreatimes.co.kr)

EBS, the Educational Broadcasting System, is airing a number of socially conscious documentaries from around the world for its nineth festival. “Education has become a very important concern around the globe,” said Kwak Duk-hoon, CEO of EBS, during a press conference held in Seoul on Tuesday. “And many countries have become interested in integrating education and documentary films.” Launched in [...]

/ 07/31/2012 2:24 PM

‘Saving Face’ Provokes Questions in India (india.blogs.nytimes.com)

Earlier this month, India and Pakistan concluded foreign secretary-level diplomatic talks that didn’t yield much in the way of rapprochement. Yet on July 23 and 24, the two nations shared a bonhomie typical of their cultural diplomacy, when the Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face,” filmed in Pakistan, premiered in New Delhi and Mumbai. Brought to India by the Asia Society, the [...]

/ 07/24/2012 6:36 PM

A documentary about Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong wins top prize at Taipei festival

The documentary “Hometown Boy”, about Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong, won the NT$1 million (US$33,369) grand prize at the Taipei Film Festival on Saturday. The film also won in the categories of Best Director and Best Documentary, becoming the biggest winner of the night. The film is directed and shot by Yao Hung-I — a protégé of the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou [...]

/ 07/19/2012 7:50 PM

“China Heavyweight” and “Golden Slumbers” get awards at Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2012

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 [...]

/ 07/19/2012 7:31 PM

Pakistan’s Oscar-Winning film to be screened in India (brecorder.com)

Pakistan’s only Filmmaker to collect an Oscar, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is overjoyed with the success of her documentary film Saving Face, which has been screened in many countries all across the globe. The documentary will now be making its debut in neighboring India. Saving Face will be screened by the Asian Society in Delhi and Mumbai on the 23rd and [...]

/ 07/19/2012 6:27 PM

China’s Modern Dancers Emerge on Screen (Wall Street Journal)

Choreographer Tere O’Connor flails his arms and gyrates an invisible Hula-Hoop, struggling to convey the idea of improvisation to members of the Beijing Modern Dance Co. The dancers, already grappling with the language barrier, simply mimic his moves — not the point, as he tells them in the new documentary “Taste of Body.” It is one of several cultural collisions [...]

/ 07/14/2012 2:15 PM

6 docs about Asia are nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards

On July 12, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Among the nominees are 6 docs and programs from or about Asia, “Armadillo,” which received four nods “Enemies of the People,” which received three, “Last Train Home” which received 2, “The Battle For Marjah”, “Bhutto” and ”Marathon Boy”. . BEST [...]

/ 07/12/2012 9:43 AM

Rick Minnich (Germany): “I’m open to collaborate with Asian filmmakers, producers and broadcasters on their projects or my own”

In an exclusive interview to ADN, the American filmmaker Rick Minnich explains why his new doc project about Bering Strait is very linked to China and Asia. He also speaks about his career and other projects in or about Asia.  • Could you introduce yourself ? I’m an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. After getting my B.A. in [...]

/ 07/11/2012 12:20 AM

Sundance Institute backs 5 new doc projects from or about Asia

The Sundance Institute has bestowed US$490,000 in grants to 27 feature-length documentary projects, including 5 projects from or about Asia. The grants, made via the Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP), come as the DFP celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since its inception, it has awarded grants to more than 425 documentary filmmakers in 61 countries. Sundance Institute [...]

/ 07/06/2012 2:07 PM

Blakeway wins series for China (broadcastnow.co.uk)

Blakeway Productions has partnered a Chinese indie to make a landmark series about the West that is being lined up for state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). The Ten Alps-owned documentary specialist is in production on the 7 x 30-minute series that will feature China media theorist Hugo de Burgh unpicking some of the myths about Western culture. By Jake [...]