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Shepherds of Paradise

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This film is about the nomadic life of shepherds known as Bakerwals of Kashmir as they journey from Jammu to Kashmir Valley and back. We will witness the challenges faced by these people who battle against the forces of nature, while steering away from the army and militancy on either side. Through this film we will witness the challenges and difficulties posed to these shepherds while covering a distance of almost 300km on foot and explore the beauty of this place called "Paradise on Earth".

Message from the Director
It was a very challenging task to film Shepherds of Paradise because of the tough terrain, rough weather, long journey and limited resources. We followed the shepherds on foot all along their traditional hilly tracks of about 300 km. On the way, the habitants of the militancy infested areas, who had never seen a movie camera before, thought it was a machine gun and reported to the police about us as militants with arms. The police let us go only after thorough checking of our baggage and equipment.
The horse carrying our equipment skidded and broke the solar charger. This limited our shooting hours so I had to use the camera judiciously to save my batteries. This had both positive and negative effects; positive in the sense that we didn't have to go through a lot of footage in the editing process, but negative in the sense that it reduced the choice of selection of shots.
The last leg of the journey was extremely difficult. The weather on the mountains deteriorated abruptly; the wind was very strong and icy. Our feet and hands went numb. Every one of us including the shepherds had to struggle for the survival.
  • Raja Shabir Khan
  • Director
  • Raja Shabir KhanIndia
  • Raja Shabir Khan

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The Game of Desire HORSE FIGHTING

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This documentary follows three Miao men, living in the northern part of Guangxi province, Southern China, who participate in horse fighting - a custom which started about 600 years ago. Through this documentary, we see the repression of the minority Miao people against the majority Han people juxtaposed against one of the men's inner conflicts that he undergoes when he lets his horse fight.What's the meaning of living a repressed life as a minority race in a huge continent of China? And the irony of making another repressed ? the horse.

Message from the Director
I spent one and a half years making "The Match of Desire, Horse Fighting". There are two main characters, one is human and the other is a horse. As I couldn't control animals so I had to wait and wait for good shots. But I enjoyed the time with the very kind local people of China. Sometimes it was challenging for me to watch how the horse owners treat the horses. But I just had to keep filming without any interruption.
At the stage of post-production, it was the first time for me to work with the NHK executive producer. It was also a new experience to escape from Korean conventions. The EP gave me space for creativity as a director and sometimes gave me tips about the perspectives from abroad.
There are some violence scenes in my project. I hope foreign viewers don't misunderstand what I really want to show through the violent scenes. I really wonder how the foreigner audiences will see my documentary.
  • Park Hwan-Sung
  • Director
  • Park Hwan-SungSouth Korea
  • Park Hwan-Sung

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Our Buffalo Hunters

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Two men have been risking their lives for the past 17 years to hunt and capture wild buffaloes in their village at Kampung Lukut Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.
Witness their dangerous hunt for 3 wild buffaloes using the traditional hunting techniques of tajo or lasso technique, stable trap and snare trap for Kampung Lukut's 120th anniversary celebration.

Message from the Director
For almost 5 years, I have kept filming the story of Kampung Lukut's Buffalo Hunters. Once I start filming the hunters, I knew I had to be ready to be injured or killed by the wild buffalos. During the filming, I was attacked and nearly gored by the wild buffalos 4 times. As it was extremely dangerous and couldn't risk having too many people on site, especially at night, I decided that I would take the role of being the cameraman as well. I also used a motorbike when filming. My rider (also the village hunter) drove his motorbike to maximum speed while they chased wild buffalo with their 'tajo'. 'Tajo' is the special weapon used by the Kampung Lukut's buffalo hunters as they hunt and catch the wild buffalos alive! I hope that viewers will enjoy the speedy hunting scenes of the villagers and buffalos.
  • Director
  • Mohammed Redhaudeen Bin HassanMalaysia
  • Mohammed Redhaudeen Bin Hassan

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