2007 Winners

Supermen of Malegaon

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Bollywood's wanna-be filmmakers driven by the pure magic of movies.

The documentary is about the making of the movie "Malegaon ka Superman'. Its a fascinating story of a motley crew of Malegaons for whom their filmmaking is a labor of love and not an enterprise in commercial interests.
Juxtaposing the frenzied production activities against a stark socio-economic backdrop of Malegaon, the documentary reveals the cathartic and spellbinding importance of the 'magic of movies' on the people. Ironically, all this is not a sustained effort to rise above their exploitative milieu but merely a temporary escape into the fantastical world of films.

  • Winner of "City of Rome Award" for Best Documentary at the 9th Asiaticafilmmediale 2008
  • Winner for Best Documentary at the 7th Karachi International Film Festival
  • Audience Award for Documentary at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
  • 1st Place Gold Camera Award at the US International VIdeo & Film Festival 2009
  • Best of Festival Grand Prix Award at the US International VIdeo & FIlm Festival 2009
Message from the Director
There is a miniscule audience for documentary films in India, due to which documentary film production is not a big market. Coming from such a background, the Asian Pitch is a wonderful platform for documentary filmmakers like me.
Right from the competitive pitch to the production of the film, TAP has given me valuable insight into documentary film production on an international level. I greatly appreciated that I was allowed to develop my own style without being under absolute obligation to enforce my TAP EP, Mr. Park's suggestions.
The Asian Pitch is, quite simply, a chance not be missed.
  • Faiza Ahmad Khan
  • Director
  • Faiza Ahmad KhanIndia
  • Faiza Ahmad Khan

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SUBAK- The Three Causes of Happiness

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A tradition of harmony for people and BaIi's irrigation system prevails amid the tides of modern times.

Bali has an age-old irrigation system which has, over the centuries, proven to be near perfect. It is called the 'Subak'. The underlying philosophy guiding the 'Subak' system is harmony.
Mutual agreements govern planting cycles, the division of water resources, the financial contribution of members, and the rights and responsibilities of members. It is defined by the Hindu concept of 'tri hita karana' or 'three elements of happiness''. In the 1970s, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank attempted to 'improve' on the system by introducing the Bali Irrigation Project. Without consulting the locals, they introduced a new water distribution systems and pesticides to Bali. The project almost destroyed Bali's farming system. Since then, there has been a concerted effort to revive and fully reinstate the "Subak" system. The documentary will demonstrate how it is possible for humans to live in harmony with nature through traditional methods and mutual cooperation.

Message from the Director
I felt very honored to be part of the inaugural TAP 2007. The most rewarding aspect was being able to meet other Asian filmmakers and being able to work closely with an Executive Producer from a major Asian broadcaster. It was a perfect balance of being given constructive comments while at the same time, being allowed a great amount of creative freedom to tell my story. Spending time with the Balinese farmers during the month was also very humbling as we learnt to live life without the added frills of modern life that weve become so dependent on.
  • Justin Ong
  • Director
  • Justin OngMalaysia
  • Justin Ong

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The Mummy Thief

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To be a good son, I sell my ancestors' entombed bodies to pay for my father's funeral.

The frequency of mummy theft in Toraja has not ebbed at all. Ironically, RAMBU SOLO - an expensive funeral rite,held for ancestors regardless of the expense, has become an absurdity, when people desecrate their ancestors' burial grounds. This is because the descendants are now in great poverty due to this expensive funeral rite. This documentary features a villager who turns into a mummy thief, when he is trapped in the vicious cycle of debts after his family throws an expensive funeral for an ancestor.

  • Awarded Finalist Certificate at the New York Festivals 2009 TV Programming & Promotion Awards
Message from the Director
My experience with The Asian Pitch has been an incredibly valuable knowledge. The Asian Pitch is vibrant and brought independent filmmaker like myself into the world of documentary. Thanks to The Asian Pitch for being one of Asian film event welcoming documentary filmmaker from all over the region. The experience and atmosphere was encouraging me to continue speak out through documentary film.
  • Agung Mulya Setiawan
  • Director
  • Agung Mulya SetiawanIndonesia
  • Agung Mulya Setiawan

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