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A-Pitch

A-PitchAsian Project Pitch

Asian Project Pitch will introduce superb Asian documentary projects which are from various Asian countries. The finalists will have chance to pitch their projects to experts from Korea and abroad through training program and can get practical business support.

  • - Date : Nov. 2st.(Fri.), 2018, 9:30
  • - Venue : Diamond Hall(2F), Olympos Hotel
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    A Rifle and a Bag

    • Director : Arya Rothe
    • Producer : Isabella Rinaldi
    • Production Country : India
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    Somi(30) and her husband Sukram(24) met and fell in love while fighting in the Naxalite movement, the armed Maoist guerrilla that has been fighting since the 60’s for the rights of the tribal communities of India. They deserted the movement and surrendered in front of the police. Somi and Sukram live in a settlement they built together with other 15 families of surrendered Naxalites. The couple has two children, Dadu who is 6 years old and the newborn Pranay. Their social status of surrendered Naxalites is compromising their future, especially the future of their children. The film will show their attempt to integrate in a society that doesn’t accept them. After a complicated bureaucratic process, they manage to enroll Dadu in a school far from home where he faces for the first time the prejudice of being the son of two ex-Naxalites. Nevertheless he could get expelled anytime if they don’t provide the father’s caste certificate, that so far was denied. Trapped between a bloody past and a daunting future, they are in a limbo. Despite all this, Somi is determined to give her children better options than she had.

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    Baseball Boys

    • Director : Hui-jing XU
    • Producer : Yuan LIANG
    • Production Country : China
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    Under the guidance of a 70-year-old coach, a group of orphans and children with issues practice baseball in the suburbs in Beijing. MA Hu's joining breaks the tranquility of the team. He gangs with others to fight and scuffle, becoming a thorn in the team members and the coaches' flesh. A huge fire accident in Beijing cleansed the housing of people, and while their baseball field is ordered to move elsewhere in a limited time. After half a year, the team is representing the Asian Pacific region to attend a world-class baseball tournament in the United States. Are they able to unite together, overcome many a difficulty and achieve their self-breakthrough? What will happen to the fate of these children in future?

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    High Tea

    • Director : Abhra Aich
    • Producer : Abhra Aich
    • Production Country : India
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    In this changing world driven by money, is it possible to give back as a businessman? Rajah, the owner of a renowned Darjeeling tea plantation called Makaibari has believed for a long time that profit and sustainability could coexist. He tried to build an ideal world where tea could be cultivated in harmony with the environment without using pesticides. Workers were treated with dignity and given the opportunity to flourish. He transformed his 160 years old family business into a biodynamic organic hub where people from all over the world would come to experience and learn. In 2014, unable to deal with changing political and market dynamics, Rajah goes for a partnership with a big corporation and sells them majority of his shares in Makaibari. Things around Makaibari start to change after that. The new manager employed by his partners frequently defies rajah instructions. The two of them are in constant conflict. Infuriated Rajah tries to gain back control over his estate but the partner forces him to resign. Denying to succumb, Rajah declares gifting his remaining shares to the estate workers of Makaibari. Will this decision save his paradise from turning into a corporate operated plantation like any other?

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    Lily

    • Director : Arun Bhattarai
    • Producer : Suraj Bhattarai
    • Production Country : Bhutan
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    In a remote Bhutanese village situated next to the Tibetan border, local villagers gather to witness a woman politician campaign for the first time. Lily(45) has had to walk for 2 days, crossing several valleys and mountains to reach this little village of just 300 people situated at 14000 feet. The villagers here have lived in a patriarchal monarchy most of their lives witnessing only 2 elections prior to this. These nomadic Yak herders hardly receive any visitors except during election campaigns like this. As Lily prepares to deliver her campaign speech to a bemused crowd unsure about the whole purpose, she needs to be able to put across 2 important messages. One explaining democracy and the other that a woman can lead and represent them. This film will intimately follow Lily Wangchuk(45) for a year as she dares to take up the daunting task of running for an election in a country still driven by traditional gender roles. Through Lily, this film questions whether democracy is the best form of government for a group of people content with its monarchial past.

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    Midwives

    • Director : Hnin Ei Hlaing
    • Producer : Sein Lyan Tun
    • Production Country : Myanmar
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    Hla Sein Nu is a buddhist Rakhin who has come to the Rohingya Musilm village of Paung Toke to help people. In spite of pressure from Buddhist nationalists groups, Hla Sein Nu has set up an improvised medical clinic in Paung Toke to improve the lives of the impoverished Rphingya. Her young Rohingya apprentice Nyo Nyo is determined to overcome her difficult situation and become a midwife in order to help her community. Together, they engage in a daily struggle to keep the only health facility in Paung Toke open in the face of growing division and prejudice. They try to fight against the tide of intolerance. With the pressure of the conflict, Hla Sein Nu have to leave Nyo Nyo.

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    Press Play

    • Director : Jayson Bernard Santos
    • Producer : Kristoffer Brugada
    • Production Country : Philippines
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    Along with the rise of strongman Rodrigo Duterte as president, the last Philippine general elections saw the renaissance of the Marcos family in the national scene. Despite lack of sincere apologies for the atrocities they committed, they worked double time and reportedly spent large amount of resources to rebrand their family’s legacy in Philippne history. And with the current “Marcos-friendly” political environment, there is a constant fear for the possible return of the Marcoses in the highest political throne. Young Filipinos, like Harrold Toledana, who did not witness abuses during Martial Law or the popular revolt that overthrew the dictator are the most vulnerable to historical revisionism aided by fake news and sheer ignorance. He also subscribes to the propaganda and even posted in social media that the former dictator was “the best president” and “Martial Law did great for the country” The job of this documentary is to resurrect, to try and present a high-level or deep dive view of the Marcos years that might have been overlooked, forgotten or not understood at a time, by exposing the lost and forgotten tapes left by the Marcoses in 1986. It showcases their family’s extravagant lifestyle, while millions of Filipinos were living under the threshold of poverty and fear – images that were not shown under the strict government control during Martial Law. How can we cure a country that has befallen into a nationwide amnesia? Press play and watch.

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    The Golden Thread

    • Director : Nishtha Jain
    • Producer : Nishtha Jain
    • Production Country : India
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    The Golden Thread travels to the forgotten industrial belt in Kolkata, home to the once-flourishing jute textile industry. Huge brick chimneys sprouting trees and rusted jetties are seen all along the river Hooghly and are reminiscent of once-thriving industry. Nestled here is the first factory in Asia, a mammoth jute mill, founded in 1858. And to our surprise, it’s still running! Not all mills are as old, but most go back a century and provide us with a peek into the early industrial period of labour-intensive factories where hundreds of workers sweat it out on the gargantuan mill floors equipped with cacophonous gigantic iron machines powered. There was a time when a job in the jute sector was considered prestigious but today frequent lockouts and layoffs keep the workers at an edge, often leading to violent outbursts. Fear, cynicism and resignation are writ large on their faces; their eyes betray the deep sense of despair and abandonment that marks not only their lives but also of the other industrial workers in India. The film will go beyond socio-political issues in order to unearth the hopes, aspirations and dreams buried under the mechanized and alienated bodies and minds.

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    The Red Relics

    • Director : ChunHua Jiang
    • Producer : ChunHua Jiang
    • Production Country : China
    • Production Status : Production
    Synopsis

    Li “the King” was born in 1974 in Yan’an – the most important Red Base of Mao’s Communist Party. Since he was a child, he has been deeply attached to Chairman Mao and all sorts of antiques related to the Red revolution period. In 2000, he went to Beijing alone to start his professional career as a collector specialized in Red antiques. Li’s mentor Liu Tiehua was born in Beijing in the year of 1940. He is an established collector and seller of Red antiques. He is the one who led Li into this field and introduced him to many important figures. Introduced by Liu Tiehua, Li had the chance to meet the daughter of Chairman Mao. Since then, his antique shop quickly prospered with his fame greatly enhanced. He started to feel like a real “king” in this field - until his shop was forcibly torn down by the local government in the name of “purging the low-end migrants”. This incident shook Li’s conviction for the first time. Liu Tiehua was pushed out from the core committee by the new chairman of the Red Collectors’ Association. He realized that he was left behind by the younger generations. He spent almost his entire life establishing a museum of Red collections, but he is not sure for how long this museum will sustain. In nowadays China, the left wing red culture is trending again. How will it affect the teacher and disciple duo of Red collection? What is waiting for them ahead?

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    The Songbirds of Aceh

    • Director : Aminda Faradilla Omar
    • Producer : Jean Chang
    • Production Country : Indonesia
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    What if your voice was a sin? Would you stay quiet, or would you scream? For some, they’ve chosen to sing. Aceh is the only Shariah run state in Indonesia. Here, women have strict dress codes, curfews and many still consider the female voice as part of the female modesty that cannot be experienced by men outside of their family. Our story follows the first teenage female muslim choir in West Aceh. They’re based in a muslim boarding school unlike any other in the country or perhaps in the world. Here, they are taught that men and women are the same, and to counter terrorism. Our story follows the choir leading up to a prestigious competition where muslim boarding schools from all over Indonesia will come to compete in Muslim art forms. This will be the girls’ biggest stage, and it will be an opportunity to spread their message outside of Aceh. The female voice fighting against oppression worldwide is growing louder. However, with rising arabization and conservatism spreading across the world, one might question whether it’s possible for humanistic values like gender equality to exist in a Muslim community. These songbirds might help answer that question

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    Touch the Colour

    • Director : Baby Ruth Villarama
    • Producer : Chuck Gutierrez / Gary Byung-seok KAM
    • Production Country : Philippines
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    Licad is a toy vendor in Manila. In her 40s, she finds a two-year-old boy lost in the crowd. She decides to keep him for a while thinking someone would pick him up. No one showed up for months. After one year, Licad goes home to Mindanao, south of the Philippines for Ramadan. She tries to leave the boy to authorities, but wild stories on how abandoned kids are sent to youth detention centers alarmed her. The boy has grown close to Licad over time until one day, Licad’s sister Raga saw a newspaper ad about a missing boy. Licad immediately calls the number and the mother - Teresa Basario asks if they can meet in Manila to pick up her son. Licad cannot afford to go back to Manila. Teresa says that she will just pick up the boy in Mindanao. As soon as the mother gets hold of her son, the two sisters are arrested for child kidnapping. Licad and Raga are sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. The sisters have been inside for 18 years now. This Christmas, their papers are being reviewed for a possible parole on two conditions: that the Philippine president grants executive parole or if Teresa agrees to meet and forgive them.

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    XiXi

    • Director : Fan WU
    • Producer : Venice Atienza
    • Production Country : Taiwan
    • Production Status : Pre-Production
    Synopsis

    XiXi(29) is a wild street performer who wanders around in Europe in search for love and freedom. XiXi’s only gravity is her daughter Nina(7) who lives in France with her ex-husband. Nina is turning into a teenager and demands more love and guidance from XiXi. Forced to come to terms with her role as a mother and all the realities after divorce, XiXi announces her business plan in order to make a change and become financially independent. Simultaneously she confesses her inner pain and fear to her camera instinctively. The mother and the daughter meet every weekend and are changing each other’s life through time…

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