Even before it took power, the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong established its legitimacy in the countryside through land-to-tiller, mass-mobilization policies intended to break the economic and social control enjoyed by rural elites. The Party redistributed farmland from landlords to peasants in a process frequently marked by violence.
VIOLENT EVICTION IN CHINA – “Consultation, negotiation and litigation help little for land issues. Officials collude with businessmen to seize the land in the name of economic development and use land as a mortgage to harm the interests of villagers.”
Lin Zuluan, newly elected leader for Wukan village, Guangdong province
Hiv in China
Mistakes, abuses and prejudices of an entire system that underestimated and then inadequately treated a dangerous health problem with the wrong tools: inadequate medicines, medicines not approved by the United Nations, discriminations.
In China AIDS spreaded mainly thanks to selling blood. “In many rural areas of China during the 1990s, particularly in the province of Henan, hundreds of thousands up to millions of farmers and peasants were infected with HIV through participation in state-run blood collection programs in which contaminated equipment was reused.”(Wikipedia).
816 Nuclear Military Plant (816地下核工厂) was a huge underground top-secret facility hidden in the mountains of Baitao town, in the Chongqing area. Work on the … Read more
Sun Jifa, a 51-year-old Chinese man who lost both hands when he was building a bomb for blast fishing built himself a pair of bionic hands after 8 years of work.
The hands can hold and grip things even if they get cold or hot in the extremes temperatures. He used mainly wires and pulleys from scrap metal. Now he is able to work, eat, wear clothes, etc.
After a decade-long civil war that cost more than 13,000 lives, the Maoists have come into the front-line, to compete in the national election for the Constituent Assembly.
MIN BHAM – BANSULLI (THE FLUTE) [SHORT FILM]
Nikita Budhthapa, Ghanashyam Giri, Naresh Bhandari
Student demonstrations are raging in Lahore, as young Pakistani professor Changez Khan and a journalist, Bobby Lincoln, share a cup of tea and conversation.
MIRA NAIR – THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
India, Pakistan, USA, 128′
Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Martin Donovan
Fifteen years ago, tragedy struck a small town when a young elementary school girl Emili was abducted and killed by a stranger. KIYOSHI KUROSAWA – … Read more
As an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchan had a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead.
STEPHEN FUNG – TAI CHI 0
Yuan Xiaochao, Angela baby, Eddie Peng, Tony Leung Ka-fai, William Feng, Shu Qi
However being teased as the town fool, Yang’s mother spurs him to practice martial arts, and following her wishes, Yang travels the distance to come to Chen village to learn Tai Chi. In this legendary village, everyone practices Tai Chi and uses Tai Chi in every aspect of their lives. Nevertheless, it is forbidden for a villager to disclose Tai Chi to an outsider, and Yang learned this the hard way. Upon arriving at the village, locals discourage Yang by challenging him with fights. From the strong men to hold ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their Tai Chi moves. After facing the toughest battle and being defeated by Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is determined to master the art of Tai Chi and he needs to find Master Chen. Little does Yang know, the poor strange man who he befriended with is in fact Master Chen who then saved him from the duel with Yuniang. Master Chen realizes Yang’s genius and disguises himself to secretly guide Yang to his self-realization of Tai Chi. One day, a frightening steam-powered machine came to the village, led by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. He has bribed government officials to permit him to build a railway that will run straight through the village. Yang decided to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang Zijing and destroy the machine. This brave act may just win the hearts of the villagers…
Shaleha Sarail hails from a water-village in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi. The province is a seaweed-producing area in the southernmost part of the Philippines down to the Malaysian and Indonesian archipelagos.
BRILLANTE MENDOZA – SINAPUPUNAN (THY WOMB)
Nora Aunor, Bembol Rocco
A woman of mature years, experiencing a 3rd miscarriage, Shaleha agonizes that she can’t bear a child. Though an adoptive parent to her nephew, she still feels that her husband Bangas An desires to be a father. To fulfill her husband’s only wish and to be blessed by Allah as having a child is tangible proof of divine grace, Shaleha decides to march to a different drummer. Her resolve is to find a new partner for her husband. Night and day, she and her husband sail island, floating-village, and nearby communities in search of a fertile woman. Providentially, Shaleha finds the girl as recommended by friends. But on the eve of her husband’s second marriage to Mersila, gnawing jealousy consumes Shaleha.
The Sanno crime family has grown into a huge organization, expanding its power into politics and legitimate big business.
TAKESHI KITANO – OUTRAGE BEYOND
Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata, Toshiyuki Nishida
Hired by moneylenders, a man lives as a loan shark brutally threatening people for paybacks.
KIM KI-DUK – PIETA
South Korea, 104′
Cho Min-soo, Lee Jung-jin
Supernatural powers in China From late seventies to the mid-nineties, Qigong enjoyed huge success in China. In this period more than 2000 schools of qigong … Read more
Taiwanese company Next Media Animation strikes back.
This time they produced a funny 3d video history of the life and career of Steve Jobs. Following you can find our interview to Michael Logan, pr of NMA.
Everybody is talking about Next Media Animation and 3d animated news. Michael Logan tell us more about production progress of their videos.
1. When and how did you come up with the idea to create a full service 3d animation studio?
The first news animations were published in September 2009. The research and development process took place for several years before that. Animated news is an evolution of a visual style of storytelling that Apple Daily and Next Media are well known for. The idea is animate the ‘missing’ action … ie those scenes not captured on video. Animation is a tool to help fully explain a story. In our view, having a news story without an animation is like having a newspaper without a color photograph … it just isn’t done. Our viewers have come to expect animation from our video news coverage.
2. How many people are involved in making a video?
There are presently 200 people at Next Media Animation and we have plans to add more. NMA provides news animation to the Apple Daily websites in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the NextTV station in Taiwan and to external clients.
3. Which software do you use for making your videos?
We use a variety of software and hardware tools that are well known throughout the animation industry. But what is important is not what tools we’ve acquired, but how we’ve applied them. We have set up a production process that allows us to turn around animations in the space of three hours, which is very important when working within an hourly news cycle.
4. Who are your main clients?
Again, our main clients are internal: Apple Daily websites in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the NextTV station in Taiwan. Externally, we have done work for the Cartoon Network, BBC, etc.
5. Did you expect a success like this?
Yes, and we expect to be even more successful in the future.
6. Tiger Woods, Google, Apple, North Korea. How do you choose the topics for your next videos?
We’re a news company at heart and we animate whatever is driving the news cycle.
7.Your animation are pervaded with a subtle irony. Is this the key to making successful videos?
Just like there are different styles of written articles (straight news, features, commentary) there are different styles of animated news stories. Some of our animations are straight news. Some are satirical and having a sense of humor helps.
Interview by Matteo Damiani