Posts Tagged ‘Subject: Media Communications’

Raised From Dust (Ju Zi Chen Tu)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

GAN Xiao Er, China (2006) Narrative, 102 minutes

Henan dialect w/ English subtitles

Raised From Dust “A gentle, sympathetic look at the role of faith in a poor rural community” – Richard Kuipers, Variety

A heartbreaking story told with compassion, RAISED FROM DUST sheds light on the unexplored lives of the approximately 40 million Christians in China.

Xiao-Li (Hu Shuli) is a devoted housewife and an active member of her local Catholic church in the Henan farmlands of southern China. Her faith is put to the test as her husband (Zhang Xianmin) is hospitalized with respiratory illness due to unsafe working conditions, leaving his life clinging to an oxygen machine. Forced to work simple jobs to pay for her husband’s hospital care, Xiao-Li takes her young daughter (Lu Shengyue) out of school, unable to pay for tuition. She finds support only from fellow members of her congregation. But will her faith and devotion be enough to save her family?

Filmed with a beautiful eye for both vast rural landscapes and human intimacy, RAISED FROM DUST explores the lives of those rarely seen in modern-day China, and announces Gan Xiao’Er as a new major talent in world cinema.

Director’s Bio:

Gan Xiao Er

Reviews:

Variety
Asia Sentinel

Film Festivals:

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Pusan International Film Festival

Film Clip:

FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
**This title is available in all territories except China
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$295
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$95
Order direct
Home DVD $24.95 Buy on Amazon
Digital Download (Purchase)
$195
Video on Demand (Home)
$5
Public Performance Exhibition
Contact

Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China (Zhi Tong Zhi)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Cui Zi’en. China, 2008. Documentary, 60 minutes.
Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

Queer China China’s most prolific homosexual filmmaker presents a comprehensive historical account of the queer movement in modern China. QUEER CHINA, ‘COMRADE’ CHINA documents the changes and developments in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender culture that have taken place in China over the last 80 years. Unlike any before, this film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film examines how shifting attitudes in law, media and education have transformed queer culture from being an unspeakable taboo to an accepted social identity. The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe’s Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress in 2003, a major landmark event in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China.

Directed by Cui Zi’en, China’s leading queer theorist, activist and scholar, the documentary includes rarely seen footage of the first ever appearance of gays and lesbians on State television, including Cui Zi’en himself. The film features exclusive interviews with over three dozen leading queer activists, scholars and filmmakers, including Shi Tou, Li Yinhe and Zhang Yuan. The opening night film of 2009′s ShanghaiPRIDE, China’s first ever LGBT pride festival, QUEER CHINA, ‘COMRADE’ CHINA is nothing less than the most authoritative account of queer cultural history in China to date.

Director’s Bio:
Cui Zi’en

Select Film Festivals:

• Official Selection, Pusan International Film Festival
• Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
• Best Documentary, 24th Turino GLBT Film Festival
• Best Documentary, Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
• Opening Night Film, Shanghai PRIDE
• Official Selection, Beijing Queer Film Festival
• Official Selection, Pink Screens Film Festival, Brussels
• Official Selection, Calgary GlobalFest FilmFest
• Official Selection, Kosmorama Trondheim Film Festival
• Official Selection, CinemAsia Film Festival

Film Clips:

FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
**This title is available in all territories except China
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$295
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$95
Digital Download (Purchase)
$195
Digital Download (Rental)
$5
Public Performance Exhibition (Digibeta, BetaSP, DVD)
Contact

Oxhide (Niu Pi)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

LIU Jiayin, China (2005) Narrative, 110 minutes

Mandarin w/ English subtitles

oxhide “The most important Chinese film of the past several years – and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country” – Shelly Kraicer, Cinema-scope

“The most celebrated Chinese debut since Jia Zhang-ke’s Xiao Wu” – Mubarak Ali, The Lumiere Reader

Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. Her father, Liu Zaiping, sells leather bags but is slowly going bankrupt. He argues with his wife, Jia Huifen, and his daughter over methods to boost business in the shop. A cloud of anxiety follows them into sleepless nights shared in the same bed. But through the thousand daily travails of city life, a genuine and deeply moving picture of Chinese familial solidarity emerges from the screen.

With virtually no budget and boundless ingenuity, Liu Jiayin’s eye-opening debut, shot when she was 23 years old, consists of twenty-three static, one-scene shots within her family’s fifty square meter home. Liu keeps her small DV camera in claustrophobic closeness to her subjects, often showing only parts of their bodies as their voices dominate the soundtrack. OXHIDE takes the microscopic physical and emotional details of a family and magnifies them on a widescreen canvas. “Liu takes the film language of “realism” into an entirely new dimension.” (Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival).

Director’s Bio:

Liu Jiayin

Reviews:

Cinema Scope
Variety

Select Film Festivals:

  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival

Film Clips:

FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
**This title is available in the United States only
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$295
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$95
Digital Download (Purchase)
$195
Not available
Public Performance Exhibition (NTSC Beta, DVD)
Contact

Little Moth (Xue Chan)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

PENG Tao, China (2007) Narrative, 99 minutes

Hubei dialect w/ English subtitles

Little Moth “Suspenseful, moving yet ruthlessly unsentimental.” – Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly

A nearly perfect little film.” – Shelly Kraicer, Vancouver International Film Festival

When an impoverished country couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate.

Luo Jiang and Guihua, a poor, middle-aged couple with few prospects, decide to buy an 11-year-old girl, Xiao Ezi (aka “Little Moth”), for $140 in rural China. Xiao Ezi’s life is in peril, as she is forced to earn money for her new parents as a beggar while suffering from a blood disease that leaves her unable to walk. Her greedy adoptive father, Luo Jiang, refuses to buy her medicine, while Guihua’s growing maternal affection wracks her with guilt. After a run-in with local extortionists, the three flee into the territory of the unsavory Mr. Yang, whose one-armed boy Xiao Chun is also forced to beg. Inevitably the grownups take turns taking advantage of each other, giving the children a rare opportunity to develop a protective bond with one another.

With virtually no budget, a hand-held digital camera and a cast of non-professionals, Peng Tao turns the sordid street life of small town China into a chain-reaction tale of human cruelty and unforgettable suspense. LITTLE MOTH “melds the anger and storytelling scope of Dickens, the doc-influenced immediacy and sensitive gaze of the Dardenne brothers, and the best tendencies of recent Chinese cinema.” (Robert Koehler, Variety).

Director’s Bio:

Peng Tao

Reviews:

Variety
New York Times

Select Film Festivals:

  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Locarno International Film Festival
  • Bucharest International Film Festival
  • Cairo International Film Festival
  • Brisbane International Film Festival

Film Clips:

FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
**This title is available in the United States only
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$295
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$95
Digital Download (Purchase)
$195
Video on Demand (Home) Watch on Amazon
ublic Performance Exhibition
Contact

Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters (Gai Shan Xi He Ta De Jie Mei Men)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

BAN Zhongyi. China, 2007. Documentary, 80 minutes.
Mandarin, Japanese, Shanxi dialect w/ English subtitles.

Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters GAI SHANXI AND HER SISTERS tells the story of one woman’s brutal ordeal as a “comfort woman” for the Japanese Army during World War II. Hou Dong-E, known as “Gai Shanxi,” the fairest woman in China’s Shanxi province, was one of the many women abducted from their villages to be sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers stationed nearby. Fifty years later, she joined other women throughout Asia to seek justice and reparations, but she died before her demands were answered.

Chinese filmmaker Ban Zhongyi unearths Gai Shanxi’s tragic life through the stories of the surviving women in the region. Ban also collects revelatory testimonies from former Japanese soldiers stationed in Shanxi during the war, breaking a decades-long silence over a dark chapter of China’s history. Following one woman’s heroic journey, GAI SHANXI AND HER SISTERS tells a universal story of female solidarity and survival.

Director’s Bio:
Ban Zhongyi

Select Film Festivals:

Amnesty International Film Festival
Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival (YUNFEST)

Reviews:

J.B. Spins

Film Clips:

FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
**This title is available in the US only
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$295
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$95
Digital Download (Purchase)
$195
Digital Download (Rental)
$5
Public Performance Exhibition (NTSC Beta, DVD)
Contact

Digital Underground in the People’s Republic

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Rachel TEJADA, USA (2008) Documentary, 18 minutes

English and Mandarin w/ English Subtitles

Digital Underground in the PRC Six documentary shorts chronicle the changing state of China’s independent, and underground, film scene.

Join dGenerate Films on a month-long trip to post-Olympics China. We traveled from Shanghai to Nanjing to Beijing, and kept the cameras rolling. The result is unprecedented access into China’s other film community, where writing, filming, and distribution don’t always wait for government approval.

The series starts at the largest underground film festival in China, explores the spirit of independence in Beijing, tours art-film compounds, and discusses the future of Chinese cinema. Along the way, the series features the most important filmmakers, critics, producers, curators, and underground scenesters making films, their way, in China today.

Watch Digital Underground in the People’s Republic now in your browser (Streaming Media)

FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$150
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$50
Home DVD $9.95
Public Performance Rental (NTSC DV Cam, DVD)
Contact

The Other Half (Ling Yi Ban)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

YING Liang, China (2006) Narrative, 111 minutes

Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles

the_other_half-thumb Top 10 Films of 2008: “A fierce and harrowing cry of political rage.” – The New Yorker

“Subtly subversive” – The New York Times

“One hell of a beautiful film… Endlessly haunting… with serene, even joyous consciousness that is the opposite of despair.” –Variety

Xiaofen (Zeng Xiaofei) spends all day listening to everything that’s wrong with China, opening her eyes to the chaos that threatens her own life.

Working as a secretary for a legal office, Xiaofen records clients detailing the sordid aspects of their lives: divorce cases, medical malpractice suits, financial corruption and old-fashioned personal revenge. Xiaofen starts to question her own relationship with her boyfriend (Deng Gang), fresh out of prison and looking to get into trouble again with his gambling habit. While Xiaofen deals with the overwhelming social malaise surrounding her, rumors spread of a disaster at the local chemical plant, threatening to poison the entire city.

Indie director Ying Liang follows up his celebrated debut Taking Father Home with a brutally frank portrait of the social and environmental problems plaguing contemporary China. “A vivid angle into ordinary life in China” (David Bordwell, Film Art: An Introduction), Ying Liang’s filmmaking examines multiple facets of society with a deceptively direct filmmaking style “that has few parallels in modern cinema.” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)

Director’s Bio:

Ying Liang

Reviews:

The New Yorker
Variety
New York Times

Select Film Festivals:

  • Tokyo FilmEx Film Festival
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • Jeonju International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival
FORMATS
PRICE
AVAILABILITY
**This title is available in all territories except China
DVD (Colleges, Universities, Institutions)
$295
DVD (K-12, Public Libraries, Select Groups)
$95
Home DVD $29.95
Digital Download (Purchase)
$195
Video on Demand (Home)
$5
Public Performance Exhibition
Contact