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New Meetup: Welcome to Our First Screening event in 2010 Two Documentaries From Asia

From: Cinevolution Media Arts S.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:10 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for New Asia Film Festival Group!

What: Welcome to Our First Screening event in 2010 Two Documentaries From Asia

When: Saturday, January 23,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC V6V 0A1

After one month break in December, New Asia Film Festival monthly screening will be happening again on January 23rd.

The event is free with a one-time annual membership fee of $5.

This event will be an exhibition of two award-winning documentaries, Hip-Hop Storm and ?puujee?, from our past 2nd New Asia Film Festival in 2009. Both films were rated at the top of the list of the Audience Choice Award, and both films tell touching stories about Asian young people. ?puujee? won the Audience Choice Award.

Mr. Ben Tsiang, the producer of Hip-Hop Storm and Chikae Honjo and Kazuya Yamada, the producer and director of ?puujee?, attended the festival in 2009. Please check our website for the details: www.vnaff.ca


Hip-Hop Storm

Documentary | Taiwan | 2008 | 57 minutes
Director: Su Che-hsien
Producer: Ben Tsiang
Language: Mandarin + English subtitles
Produced by CNEX Foundation

Synopsis

?He is totally nuts about hip-hop,? described by Alun?s students. Alun is the founder of the first Taiwanese Hip-hop group ?The Party?, and released two albums in the 90?s?.Hip-hop is Alun?s life, his oxygen. However, the group was dismissed already, and the members simply went separate ways. Ever since, Alun has traveled to Osaka, New York, Europe, Brazil and many other places to explore the soul behind dancing. But for many people, his search and passion seems completely alien to normal life. This film follows the period of 2007 to 2008, during which Alun was trying to make his way to a world class break-dance contest in Paris.

Mingling with Alun?s uphill journey is the story of the 2nd generation Hip-hop dancers in Taiwan, a street-dancing group calling themselves ?Eight Children?. The new generation does not have to experience the same pressure from society; instead, they are now fully encouraged by the trend of pop culture. The eight high school students of ?Eight Children? promise to each other that after this year?s college entrance examination they will come together and take part in Hip-hop competitions. Will they have a happy ending? Or, who cares? Hip-hop needs not to be serious. All in all, just keep dancing!

puujee

Documentary | Japan | 2006 | 110 minutes
Director: Kazuya Yamada
Producer: Chikae Honjo
Language: Japanese, Mongolian + English subtitles
Produced by The PUUJEE Production Committee

Our lives are transformed, becoming more profound and diverse, through our encounters with others. Japanese explorer Yoshiharu Sekino is on a voyage to trace the journey of the human race back to its point of origin. The documentary begins in the fall of 1999, just as Sekino reaches Mongolia. He runs into Puujee on horseback. He tried to photograph her, but she told him no. ?If you?re here to take photos, stay away!? This was how their friendship began. The film then follows the next five years as Sekino goes away and comes back repeatedly to visit Puujee and her family, witnessing changes with each return.

Puujee is the captivating figure at the center of the film. Her destiny is tied to the hundreds of thousands of agrarian Mongolians who have moved to cities to escape deprivation and the deleterious effects of the new market economy. In the film, Puujee, a rare independent spirit, shares her dreams of her future life and frustration in the reality.

Director Kazuya Yamada renders these lives with a disarming simplicity but an equally deceptive sensitivity for arranging images that demonstrate the delicacy and graciousness of a vanishing way of life. Abounding with human dignity, the film puujee is an understated masterwork of beauty and humanism.

Selected Awards

2008 Jury Award of Best Documentary 2008 Sundance Film Festival
Green Cross Special Mention Award, Cinemambiente International Environmental Film Festival
Jury Award & Audience Award, Green Film Festival in Seoul
2007 Grand Prix EBS International Documentary Festival
Earth Vision, the 15th Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/New-Asia-Film-Festival-Group/calendar/12316769/

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