Much more than straightforward assessment of gender disparity, Male Domination follows the tangled skeins of sex, power, suffering and profit to uncover what is at the heart of the increasing divide between men and women. If someone says, “I’m not a feminist,” invite them to see this film!
Renowned doc-maker Peter WINTONICK takes a film-trip across the world with Mira, his 20-year-old media-making daughter. They journey through film history and media’s future, questioning how different generations view. This is a transgenerational meditation on film and media. Through a series of father-daughter dialogues, the goal is to transfer a bit of crazy wisdom between generations.
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s, yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Thet Sambath, an investigative journalist who lost his family in the Killing Fields, spends a decade of his life gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. This film creates a watershed account of Cambodian history and a heartfelt quest for closure on one of the world’s darkest episodes.
Since 1996 Zhao Liang has filmed the “petitioners”, who come from all over China to make complaints in Beijing about abuses and injustices committed by the local authorities. Faced with the most brutal intimidation from the local authorities, the complainants who stubbornly continue despite everything find that their hopes are often vain.
Raised in a small farming village in the mountains of southern Peru, Feliciano works as a porter on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in hopes of some day taking his son to live in the city. The film paints a vivid picture of this man’s world, of the conflict between his love of the land and the work he has learned from his father, and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city.
This film explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have—an independent life. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film uses intimate flyon- the wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story. In the end, Monica and David are taking the first steps towards a more independent life, independence with the support.
China’s booming economy is largely based on exploiting the vast population of cheap labor. Sacrificing the poor for gross domestic product growth, the country runs the risk of making millions of families separated. This could pose serious backlash against the country’s ambitious goal. Last Train Home examines the country’s loss and gain in a race to become the world’s next super power.
Born in 1969 in the forests of Borneo, Nénette has just turned 40. It is rare for an orang-utan to reach such a venerable age! A resident of the menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris since 1972, she spent more time there than any member of staff. The unrivalled star of the place, she sees hundreds of visitors file past her cage each day. And, of course, each one of them has comments to make…
In Italy, one man has kept the domination of the image over three entire decades. As a TV-magnate and then as President, Silvio Berlusconi has created a perfect system of TVentertainment and politics. Like no one else he has influenced the content of commercial television in Italy. His TV-channels, known for their over-exposure of almost naked girls, are seen by many as a mirror of his own taste and personality.
Each night, in Wagah, crossing along the more than 3,000 km India-Pakistan border, becomes the locus of an exceptional event. Crowds of people observe the symbolic spectacle of the closing of the border. In contrast to its tenor, this peculiar "festival” seen through the eyes of 3 young DVD sellers, represents the lone daily moment when, at least symbolically, the 2 nations are rejoined.
Selected from the international film festivals as well as recommended by the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund, here we see these brilliant documentaries made in various regions and backgrounds. In terms of production quality, issues and challenge to the film form, these works are pushing the boundaries of documentary. While we watch these films, we are watching the world at the same time.