Archive for category: Doc reviews

/ 06/22/2012 1:54 PM

Documentary about Fox Island’s Rittenberg to premiere in Seattle (

Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Mao’s favorite American. The 90-year-old Fox Island resident spent 34 years in China, sometimes at Mao’s side and at other times in prison. “The Revolutionary” features Sidney Rittenberg with Chairman Mao Zedong. During his early years in China, Rittengerg knew and supported him. By Craig Sailor, 05/25/12 Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Mao’s [...]

/ 06/20/2012 9:59 AM

From “Mohammed to Maya”: A Spiritual Transition (indiawest)

Maya Jafer, a transgender Muslim woman from South Asia, shares her story in the documentary, “Rites of Passage.”  Growing up in India, the only person who knew Mohammed Jafer’s true identity was a Buddhist monk: “I see the woman in you,” he said, “and I want to call you Maya because I see a lot of love in you.” But [...]

/ 05/30/2012 8:36 AM

Movie review: When China Met Africa (The Ottawa Citizen)

Documentary explores fascinating power shift By Jay Stone, Postmedia News (May 25, 2012) When China Met Africa — ★★★1/2 Directed by: Marc Francis and Nick Francis Parental guidance: Coarse language (In English and Chinese with English subtitles) More information: There’s a scene in the fascinating documentary When China Met Africa where an entrepreneur named Mr. Liu — a chain-smoking businessman [...]