Stories about Film from October, 2011
China: Open letter to Relativity Media
C Custer wrote an open letter to Relativity Media, a Hollywood Film Producer, criticizing its plan to cooperate with the Linyi government to shoot a movie there. Linyi government has illegally detained Blind activist Chen Guangchen from leaving his house and stopped others from visiting him since his release in...
Nigeria: Documentary: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers
MyWeku discusses a new documentary – Unreported World: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers, which touches on the issues of fraud and exploitation: “he documentary makers reported on the case of Therese, a widower who was told her late husband was a member of a devil worshipping cult and persuaded Therese that God...
Taiwan: The Story of Chiou Ho-shun
Chiou Ho-shun, a death row inmate in Taiwan, may be executed at any time. He said in the mini-documentary, “I hope you can save me, but if it’s too late, please scatter my ashes in the Longfeng harbour, and buy a meatball, come and see me.” In the documentary, you...
Nepal: Crowd Sourced Fund For A Nepali Movie
Ujjwal Acharya posts an interview with Nepali film director Deepak Rauniyar, who is attempting to crowd-fund the post production of his movie – Highway.
Saudi Arabia: Men Arrested Over Poverty Video
Two Saudi men were arrested last Sunday October 16th in what seems to be a reaction to a video posted on their YouTube channel showing poverty in Riyadh. Through microblogging platforms, people have shown their support for the two videographers. A subtitled version of the video can be viewed here....
Nepal: Movies & Nationality
Acharya, a Nepali language movie based on the life of a Nepali music legend, has been categorized in the Mumbai Film Festival as Indian movie because of its production banner. XNepali asks “do movies have nationality”?
Colombia: You Can Copy This Creative Commons Film Festival
The Creative Commons Audiovisual Festival will be taking place in Barranquilla and Medellin later this month. You can still experience it even if you aren't in Colombia by requesting to Copy the Festival, and getting a full package to replicate the festival, including films, talks and contact information for directors and panelists.
Thai Film Archive
tilmanbaumgaertel writes a review of the Thai Film Archive. The museum is housed in a replica of the first sound studio in Thailand
Ukraine: New Documentary Highlights the Klitschko Brothers’ Lives and Careers
Popularly dubbed "The Klitschko Brothers", Ukrainians Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have dominated the heavyweight boxing division since Lennox Lewis retired in 2004. However, their production of an autobiographical documentary film, demonstrates that these men are more than athletes.
Cuba: Review of New Feature Film
Havana Times blogs about a new feature film, set in the Cuban coastal town of Holguin: “Marina presents itself as something different – quieter, more intimate, another (more contemplative) way of looking at ordinary people who come and go within the island.”
China: “Do you have memories from before you were kidnapped?”
A new crowd-funded documentary, Living with Dead Hearts, tells the story of the thousands of children in China who are victims of kidnapping. Through interviews with both parents and formerly kidnapped children, the filmmakers hope to give a human face to this serious problem.
South Korea: Movie Prompts Outrage Over Disabled Child Sex Crimes
In South Korea, the movie 'Crucible' has brought a long-forgotten rape case of disabled kids by school officials to life. The movie has been a major hit for several consecutive weeks and has sparked calls for a reinvestigation of the case.
Kenya: Movie About Oldest Kenyan Primary School Pupil
Africa Expat Wife writes about The First Grader, a movie about Maruge – the oldest Kenyan primary school pupil: “I am gutted that they didn't call the movie ‘Form One’ – which would have been a lot more apt and less corny, however, it's the true story of a man...
Indonesia: Q! Film Festival
Q! Film Festival is a festival showcasing LGBT, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights films in Indonesia.
Ukraine: President Yanukovych in The Simpsons?
The newest episode of cartoon The Simpsons went viral in Ukraine after it humorously portrayed the country and a Kiev mafioso named Victor, who, as many netizens pointed out, resembled the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Trinidad & Tobago: Making Our Own Films
In a review republished at Trinidad and Tobago News Blog, Corey Gilkes found that the cricket documentary, Fire in Babylon, “showed just how important it is that WE need to start telling our own stories from our perspective.”