People’s Republic of Desire (2018)
DIRECTOR & WRITER & PRODUCER & CINEMATOGRAPHER & EDITOR: Hao Wu
CAST: Jiang Congyong, Man Shen, Li Xianliang
SOUND DESIGNER: Ron Bochar
COMPOSER: Michael Tuller
ANIMATOR: Eric Jordan
Next screening: Fri July 20, 2018; 1:00 PM
In recent years advances in high-speed internet and streaming video have lead to social websites/platforms where anyone can live stream to an internet audience. But in China, the scope of live streaming has become hugely popular and mainstream, where seemingly less than talented people can find fame and fortune by broadcasting themselves online.
This is a fascinating documentary into a world that not many outside of China would likely be familiar with. There are people of questionable talent who live stream and make money doing it. This may seem like nothing new to people familiar with something like Twitch in North America but while live streaming is still fairly niche here, it’s apparently ubiquitous in China.
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RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de montréal) is Montreal’s documentary festival that runs from November 9-19, 2017 at various venues. There are documentaries from all over the world. There are some East Asian documentaries from China, Singapore and Thailand at this year’s edition. There are at least a couple of documentaries with Montreal connections.
Montreal-based film production company GreenGround has a feature at the festival with two screenings, one with English subtitles (Nov 16) and one with French subtitles (Nov 12). It is called Taming the Horse, directed by Gu Tao. The director visits an old childhood friend in China who has become embittered by his life.
Antoine, directed by Laura Bari is a documentary from 2008 about a blind child name Antoine who lives in Montreal.
Inside these Walls was broadcast on CBC back in October, 2016 but I only just discovered this recently. It’s a documentary about an estranged father who has been imprisoned in China for his pro-democracy beliefs and the turmoil it has caused for his family in Montreal. Here’s the description from CBC.
“Wang Bingzhang, founder of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement, has spent the last fourteen years in a Chinese prison for the crime of political activism. Although he once abandoned them to pursue his political beliefs, his ex-wife and children campaign tirelessly for his release. Inside These Walls captures the complex range of emotions of a family bound together in struggle and hope.”
If you’re in Canada, you can watch it here.
Otherwise, you can watch this Ted talk by Wang’s daughter Ti-Anna.
This is a Quebec made documentary about the Vietnamese boat people. The film directors Thi Be Nguyen and Marie-Hélène Panisset along with different guests will be at the screenings at Cinema du Parc. It will play with English or French subtitles depending on the screening.
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The Montreal International Documentary Festival / Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) will be running from November 10-20, 2016. Here are some of the East Asian & Asian American documentaries.
Gatekeeper by Yung Chang (Canada, Japan)
95 and 6 to go by Kimi Takesue (USA)
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Here’s an interesting looking documentary that focuses on the renowned cello player Yo-Yo Ma and his band as they collaborate with musicians around the world. It opens at Cinema du Parc starting July 29, 2016.
I would like to try this one day. It sounds tasty. Crawfish or Crayfish are the same, just different names. This video is from about a year ago.
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Director & Cinematographer: Ursula Liang
This award winning documentary screened at the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) in Montreal but unfortunately I could not go to the particular times chosen for the screenings. I had heard of this documentary before (it was released in Spring 2014) so I did recognize it when it was listed as part of FNC’s lineup. I recently purchased a digital copy of it online (DRM free) from the 9-Man store and am glad that I did. The documentary is interesting and portrays a significant but not necessarily well known part of the Chinese North American past and present. That being a unique variation of volleyball called 9-Man which you guessed it features 9 players on each side of the court but also enforces a minimum number of Chinese players be present on every team along with other play rule variations / techniques.
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