Archive for category: NEWS

/ 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 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 [...]

/ 07/03/2012 10:31 AM

In 2012, 17 projects will benefit from the Asian Network of Documentary [AND] Fund.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has just announced 31 Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) recipients this year (19 Asian projects, 12 Korean projects), including 17 projects which will benefit from the Asian Network of Documentary [AND] Fund. AND Fund winners include Tamara Stepanyan’s Embers, a Lebanese documentary about the older generation, and Shahin Parhami’s documentary about the downfall of a [...]

/ 07/03/2012 9:38 AM

“Pakistan: Acid attack survivor sues Chinoy” (

Karachi: An acid attack survivor, whose harrowing story inspired Oscar award winning documentary by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, has filed a case against the documentary filmmaker for not paying her compensation and other benefits. Rukhsana, who hails from Muzaffargarh, filed the case against Chinoy in the Multan sessions court in which she has claimed that the filmmaker had offered her compensation [...]

/ 07/02/2012 9:24 AM

“Footprints in the Desert” (India) (In production)

Title: Footprints in the Desert Synopsis: The film will be a human story of the India and Pakistan Border lying across the vast expanse of rolling golden sand of Rajasthan through the footprints in the desert. The ancient wisdom of finding a person or a lost camel tracing the footprints lies with a community residing along the border of India [...]

/ 06/27/2012 11:00 PM

CCTV-9 fell in love with a Taiwanese doc

Taiwan-based doc producer and distributor The Classic Vision has sold a feature-length documentary about love and marriage to CCTV9 in China and is seeking broadcast partners for a spin-off series. “Let’s Fall in Love” is a 90-minute film from director Wuna Wu and producer Ging Lee. It follows the work of matchmaker and relationship counsellor Hellen Chen and the couples [...]

/ 06/27/2012 9:43 AM

“Ryefield Sailors” (Taiwan) (pre-production)

Title: Ryefield Sailors Original title: About China Synopsis: This film follows the fortunes of two of these farm boys, their hopes and their fears, and the teacher who guides them on their course for the ocean – in a school marooned in the middle of a wheatfield, five hundred miles from the coast. One is just starting out, and is [...]

/ 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 (

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, 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 [...]