Documentaries for 2010 纪录片
We're also bringing a number of excellent documentaires to the stage this time around, covering a wide variety of topics and themes ranging serious political topics to an entry focusing on the history of video games and a film documenting the life story of New Zealand's official wizard, who, by the way, will be showing up in person at the film festival. Don't miss out!
Silent Shame 寂静耻辱
87 min. – Directed by Akiko Izumitani – USA / Japan / China / South Korea
87 分钟 – 导演： 泉谷明子 –美国/ 日本 / 中国 / 韩国
How come more people are not aware of Japan's role in war crimes in Asia during WWII? This journey will begin with confronting a modern people with its controversial and sometimes shameful past. A Japanese-born filmmaker learns more about the atrocities committed by a nation by meeting veterans, researchers, and activists.
The film continues by delving into a past that many Japanese find too painful to explore. Archival footage clearly illustrates a basic history of Asia intercut with interviews of Japanese veterans and historical researchers detailing war crimes carried out by the Japanese. This section segues into a segment about 'Comfort Women'. Interviews with Korean rape victims and their Japanese perpetrators, finally give a voice to these often forgotten victims of WWII. Human experimentation and biological warfare is explored in segment number three, and in a rare interview, a Japanese veteran details how he assisted in human experimentation. This segment closes with the filmmaker interviewing several American POWs about their brutal treatment during their imprisonment.
In the course of making this documentary, the filmmaker realizes that Japanese researchers and activists receive tremendous amount of resistance on this topic by right wing Japanese. The journey closes with the filmmaker interviewing Japanese veterans, researchers and activists in an attempt to discover why the Japanese people are so reluctant to talk about the unpleasant side of their history.
为什么越来越多的人不了解日本在亚 洲二战期间的行为? 这次的旅程将会开始带你看看一个现代人对这个观点的争议并讨论有些耻辱的过去. 一个日本出生的导演从曾经犯下的暴行中学到了很多。
The Wizard of New Zealand 新西兰的男巫
30 min. – Directed by Grant Neville – New Zealand
30 分钟 –导演：Grant Neville – 新西兰
The Wizard of New Zealand QSM, biography documentary feature film that follows the life of the first ever man in the world to be appointed by a government as an Official Wizard.
The former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Right Honorable Mike Moore, in 1990, proclaimed Ian Brackenbury Channel as the Official Wizard of New Zealand and appointed the Wizard to protect the Government of New Zealand.
The Documentary Feature Film contains interviews with:
- The Wizard of New Zealand QSM;
- The Right Honorable Mike Moore ONZ, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1990; and
- Gary Moore, Mayor of Christchurch 1998-2007.
They go onto tell the amazing true story of a singular man, who was:
- A Royal Air Force (RAF) Pilot Officer;
- Leading Academic, who appeared in the first ever winning team of University Challenge;
- Living Work of Art;
- Lecturer in Cosmology at the Department of Levity;
- An Official Wizard; and
- Finally Honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in 2009.
It was recorded that the Wizard’s spells broke five rain droughts both in New Zealand and Australia, which brought heavy rains.
The Wizard highlights that woman cause wars through their shopping habits, points out that governments with Monarchies are more stable, formed his own Army and “Save the Males” Campaign.
这部影片记载了男巫给新西兰和澳大利亚带来大雨的故事。男巫强调女士们的购物嗜好会引起斗争，并 指出君主制的政府会更稳定，拥有自己的军队，并且号召“拯 救男性”运动。
80分钟 – 导演：Tchavdar Georgiev 和 Amanda Pope –俄罗斯/美国/乌兹别克斯坦
80 Min. – Directed by Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope – Russia / USA / Uzbekistan
How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags.
Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist’s works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.
Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists’ children and rare archival footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom.
Described as “one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art” and located in one of the world’s poorest regions, today these paintings are worth millions, a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats and art profiteers. The collection remains as endangered as when Savitsky first created it, posing the question whose responsibility is it to preserve this cultural treasure.
87 min. – Directed by Lynn True and Nelson Walker – USA / China, Tibet Autonomous Region
87 分钟 – 导演：Lynn True 和Nelson Walker – 美国 / 中国 西藏自治区
Summer Pasture is a feature-length documentary about a nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. The film offers unique access to a highly insular community and a sensitive portrait of a young family at a time of great transition.
Locho and his wife Yama live in Dzachukha, eastern Tibet — nicknamed '5-most' by Chinese for being the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and most remote county in Sichuan Province, China. They depend on their herd of yaks for survival, just as their ancestors have for generations. In recent years however, Dzachukha has undergone rapid development, which poses an escalating threat to nomadic life.
Summer Pasture evolves as an intimate exploration of Locho and Yama's personalities, relationship, and the complicated web of circumstances that surrounds them. Over its course we witness their travails with illness, infidelity, and the dissolution of their community. In the face of mounting challenges, Locho and Yama gradually reveal the personal sacrifice they will make to ensure their daughter's future.
Summer Pasture is a unique alternative to the vast majority of films about Tibet, which are often shot in Diaspora communities in India and Nepal, and portray romanticized or overtly politicized views of Tibetan culture. Through it's subtle observation of Locho and Yama's character, Summer Pasture provides a deeply personal account of what it means to be a nomad in a swiftly modernizing world, and a universal story of family survival.
这是一个游牧家族和他们在西藏东部大草原的儿女生活故事。 这部电影给处于一个处于过渡时期的社会一个机会，展示出一个年轻家庭的真实写照。夏季牧场描述了一个在现代化社会中的游牧民族生存故事，也是家庭生存的故 事。
60 min. – Directed by Ayelet Heller – Israel / Palestine
60 分钟 – 导演：Ayelet Heller – 以色列/巴勒斯坦
This is the story of a strawberry who yearned for independence.
Imagine a story about hope, frustration, occupation, globalization and politics, and at its center a small red fruit-a strawberry. The mother plants arrive from Israel to Gaza, where in the fields of Beit Lahiya the plants are cultivated to produce the brilliant red fruit destined for marketing in Europe.
In this fateful year in Gaza, filmmaker Ayelet Heller and her Gazan crew documented the agricultural cycle of the fruit and the political events that directly affected the lives of the farmers who cultivate it..
Out of these green fields, red fruit, sky and sea, could emerge a pastoral image of farmers earning their livelihood by working the land. But in Gaza it is not the laws of nature that rule but those of the Occupation.
这是一个和草莓有关的渴望独立故事。试想一个故事，它关于希望、失望、失业、全球化和政治，并以一种水果——草莓为中心。植物从以色列运往加沙，在百特拉 西耶进行种植，并且生产出鲜红的草莓运往欧洲市场…….导演Ayelet Heller 和她的加沙船员记载了水果的生产循环过程和直接影响耕种农民生命的事件……
25 分钟 – 导演：Jonathan Sigworth – 印度/ 美国
25 min. – Directed by Jonathan Sigworth – India / USA
Jonathan, a 19-year-old American student, fell from a 70 ft. cliff in northern India in February, 2006. When he woke up in a hospital, he was told that he might never walk again. Jonathan has limited upper-body strength and no sensation or movement in his hands or below his arms. The same kind of injury is shared by two Indian military veterans: Krishnan, 46, a resident at the military rehabilitation center in Pune; and Navin, 38, who is living independently and starting a school for street children in Delhi. The movie tells their stories and the stories of Riya, 14, who was following instructions when her coach told her to dive into the shallow end of the pool; and Rahul, 23, who was defending his uncle from a drunk neighbor when he was injured. This inspiring film asks the question, what is the good reason that these five friends are still alive.
7分钟– 导演：Dave Gostisha – 美国
7 min. – Directed by Dave Gostisha – USA
Elvis Presley had all the fame and power any man could want, but still, he wanted more. After flight next to a U.S. Senator, Elvis hand writes a letter to President Nixon,requesting a meeting. Elvis made sure the president know he was not about to leave town until the two had a face-to-face. The White House quickly capitulated to the request, but the meeting that was to follow would certainly become one of the oddest,and most documented meetings ever to occur inside the Oval Office.
Elvis Presley猫王 拥有让所有男人羡慕的名声和能力，但是他仍想得到更多的东西。猫王亲自书写了一封给美国总统尼克松的信, 提及想进行一次会见…….
53 分钟– 导演 ：Georgia Wallace-Crabbe –中国/ 澳大利亚
53 min. – Directed by Georgia Wallace-Crabbe – China / Australia
As China emerges as the new economic powerhouse of the 21-century, no one can disrupt the biggest construction boom in the world's history. As International architects create icons in Beijing, we marvel at the city's new face. With the end of the Olympics hundreds of new projects are expected to begin. The architects of the iconic buildings (Watercube, Birds Nest, Stadium, National Theatre) and their future visions contrast with that of hutong activist Zhang Jinqi’s project to photograph the last heritage districts of the old city, which are soon to be demolished. With 400 cities of the size of Beijing to build by 2020 China has little time to reflect.