Hot Docs 2012: South Asian Line-up

Hot Docs 2012: South Asian Line-up

Hot Docs - Canadian International Documentary Festival. April 26 - May 6, 2012.

Despite the Gods ~ Proudly co-presented by MyBindi.com

85 minutes
Australia
(Subtitled) English, Hindi
World Premiere
Director: Penny Vozniak

Hot Docs 2012 South Asian Lineup

Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her auspicious directorial debut in 1993 with Boxing Helena at the Sundance Film Festival. A box office disaster, the film was viciously mauled by critics and became the focus of multiple lawsuits. Fifteen years later, a recovering addict and hard-working single mother, Lynch returns to the director’s chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew’s sanity. Despite the Gods brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch’s Bollywood/Hollywood action film about a man-eating snake goddess. Out of her depth shooting on location with an Indian crew and two top Bollywood stars, Lynch turns her production into a vehicle for her own self-actualization, paying no regard to timeline, budget or reality. As the story in front of the camera derails, the story behind the camera explodes. Lynne Crocker

Screenings

  • Sat, Apr 28 6:45 PM, Cumberland 3
  • Mon, Apr 30 1:30 PM, Cumberland 2
  • Sat, May 5 9:30 PM, Innis Town Hall

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The World Before Her

World before her

90 minutes
Canada, Germany, USA, UK
(Subtitled) English, Hindi
Canadian Premiere
Director: Nisha Pahuja

Twenty hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant enter an intense month-long beauty boot camp in Bombay. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India, young girls undergo physical combat training and learn how to be obedient Hindu women at a camp run by the women’s branch of the militant fundamentalist movement. As massive change sweeps through India, control over women and their behaviour is at the epicentre of a violent clash between Western modernity and age-old patriarchal traditions. Director Nisha Pauja gained extraordinary access to women and their families living in two very different worlds—it’s the first time a camera has been allowed into the fundamentalist camp—to craft a brilliant film that captures the choices and contradictions facing young women in India today. Lynne Fernie

Screening with Durga.

Screenings

  • Wed, May 2 7:00 PM, Isabel Bader Theatre
  • Sat, May 5 9:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
  • Sun, May 6 11:00 AM, Isabel Bader Theatre

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Jai Bhim Comrade

185 minutes
India
(Subtitled) Marathi, English,Hindi
Canadian Premiere
Director: Anand Patwardhan

Hot Docs 2012 South Asian Lineup

After the 1997 police shooting of 10 unarmed Dalit (formerly known as Untouchable) protesters and bystanders in Mumbai’s slums, the community’s rage over their 2,000 years of oppression boils over. For one man, singer, poet and activist, Vilas Ghogre, it’s more than he can bear; filled with despair over the pain and grief of his people, he hangs himself. Compelled by this tragedy, award-winning activist and documentarian Anand Patwardhan focuses his keen lens on the atrocities committed against the Dalits in this magnum opus 14 years in the making, incorporating their voice through their stirring resistance music and poetry. Denied basic human rights for centuries, condemned to clean the filth of the upper caste for pennies a day, then abhorred as lesser beings, the Dalit struggle is deftly counterbalanced by intimate family portraits, moments of inspiration, perseverance and glimpses of a better future. Gisèle Gordon

Screenings

  • Mon, Apr 30 6:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
  • Wed, May 2 7:00 PM, Innis Town Hall

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The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army)

70 minutes
Bangladesh
(Subtitled) English, Japanese, Bengali
World Premiere
Director: Naeem Mohaiemen

Hot Docs 2012 South Asian Lineup

The first installment in a film trilogy that traces a history of 1970s ultra-left terrorist groups, Part 1 looks at the 1977 hijacking of flight JAL 472 by the Japanese Red Army and their landing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Filmmaker Naeem Mohaiemen remembers missing his favourite TV spy show for pre-emptive live coverage of the hostage-taking. Relying almost entirely on radio transmissions between the airport tower and the hijackers, the film displays the interactions as on-screen text. The tension and drama that builds from the clipped verbal exchanges speaks volumes, escalating from polite courtesy to mortal threat. Part 1 is an experimental suspense story that relies on the sound of disembodied voices to convey the negotiations and tenuous alliance between the Japanese Red Army’s rogue rebels and the Bangladeshi military government. Angie Driscoll

Screenings

  • Tue, May 1 10:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
  • Thu, May 3 11:00 AM, The ROM Theatre

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Crimes Without Honour

69 minutes
Canada
(Subtitled) English, Swedish, German, Kurd
World Premiere
Director: Raymonde Provencher

Hot Docs 2012 South Asian LineupHot Docs 2012 South Asian Lineup

Every winter in a Stockholm cemetery activists gather to honour Fadime, a Turkish immigrant to Sweden murdered by her father in 2002. Internationalizing the debate over cultural traditions that accept the use of violence to control women’s behaviour in Western immigrant communities, four extraordinary activists tell their personal stories of physical and emotional violence, and chillingly outline the threats they continue to receive as they publicly challenge these traditions from the inside. They have different heritages and faiths—a Christian from India in Toronto, a Muslim from Turkey in Berlin and Iraqi Kurds in Sweden—but all make it clear that the justification for these crimes lies in a family power structure based in entrenched patriarchal cultures that cross borders and faiths. With the recent Shafia family murder of four women in Ontario, Crimes without Honour is a vital and urgent addition to the recent films about crimes related to traditions of family honour. Lynne Fernie

Screenings

  • Fri, Apr 27 6:45 PM, Cumberland 3
  • Sat, Apr 28 1:30 PM, Cumberland 2
  • Fri, May 4 1:45 PM, Cumberland 3

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