Archive for category: DOCUMENTARIES

/ 06/26/2012 10:29 AM

A filmmaker’s odyssey (China Daily)

Documentary director Fan Lixin has launched a personal screening odyssey to promote his film on migrant workers. An award-winning documentary’s creator has hit the road to ensure his work on migrant workers is seen by the masses. Sun Li reports in Beijing. Documentary maker Fan Lixin has had an unexpected big-screen hit with his first work, “Last Train Home”, about the [...]

/ 06/24/2012 1:29 PM

“Red Obsession” documentary to explore Bordeaux-China relationship (decanter.com)

Further details have been released about the new feature-length documentary about the mutual ‘obsession’ between Bordeaux and China, starring some of the biggest names in the international wine world. by Adam Lechmere in decanter.com, 19 June 2012 Red Obsession, which started filming during en primeur in Bordeaux in April 2011, features wine commentators and producers from Oz Clarke and Steven Spurrier [...]

/ 06/23/2012 2:26 PM

India’s uncomfortable truths on film (The Guardian)

Anand Patwardhan, whose work will be featured in the Sheffield documentary festival next week, is the foremost Indian documentary maker of his generation. Time and time again, in landmark films such as “Bombay Our City” (1985), “In The Name of God” (1992) and “War and Peace” (2002), he has exposed the glaring realities about topics on which modern-day India, wedded [...]

/ 06/22/2012 1:54 PM

Documentary about Fox Island’s Rittenberg to premiere in Seattle (thenewstribune.com)

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 thenewstribune.com, 05/25/12 Sidney Rittenberg has been called Chairman Mao’s [...]

/ 06/21/2012 10:38 AM

Mama Rainbow 彩虹伴我心 (China, 2012)

Title (English): Mama Rainbow Title (original): 彩虹伴我心 Online video trailer Synopsis: For Chinese parents, finding out that their kid is gay usually presents a major tragedy, with the big majority utterly unable to accept the homosexuality of their son or daughter. However, during recent years a fresh rainbow wind has been blowing over the Chinese mainland: a pioneer generation of [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 06/18/2012 10:27 AM

Sundance embraces documentary film on girls adopted from China (Washington Times)

NEW YORK, June 6, 2012 — A new documentary film is generating big interest in the adoption community. Although “Somewhere Between”, a documentary about four teenage girls adopted from China and living in the United States, is not yet ready for national release, it has received an Audience Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and has been [...]

/ 06/15/2012 1:58 PM

Land of the Panda (France / China)

Title: Land of the Panda Synopsis: Reclusive and enigmatic, giant pandas are among the most lovable of the word’s endangered species. Now for the first time in high definition, bamboo shoots give way to close up shots of these extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. Shot on location in the misty mountains of China, the undoubted highlight is rare footage [...]

/ 06/13/2012 10:44 PM

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund 2012 will support one doc about Pakistan

On June 11, 2012, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Gucci announced the 2012 recipients selected for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. 8 international doc films chosen from a record number of submissions will receive $150,000. Among them, a doc film about Pakistan, “Two Children of the Red Mosque”, directed by Hemal Trivedi. The Fund, now in its fifth year, provides [...]

/ 06/11/2012 6:42 PM

Tokyo Waka (2012, USA/Japan)

Directors: John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson | 63 minutes | USA, Japan | 2012 | Language: English, Japanese  About Japan SYNOPSIS “TOKYO WAKA is a 63-minute documentary essay about Tokyo’s crows, with digressions into art, history, and culture. It is a poem about Tokyo and its people, and the relentless tenacity of nature in a most unnatural world. Tokyo. A resilient [...]