2012 Winners

Womb on Rent

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The film follows the emotional journey of a surrogate mother from India. Right from the day she signs a 'bond' that puts her womb on rent, through her nine months of 'bonded' labour, the film depicts how globalization and modern science is instigating situations of parenthood that mankind has never confronted before.

Message from the Director
I really had multiple reasons to want to make this film - being a woman, a mother, a film-maker and an Asian. As a woman rights supporter, the inherent anomalies in the practice made me curious; as a mother, frankly speaking, the very subject of surrogate motherhood terrified me - because it was tough for my secured and convent educated urban sensibilities to even accept the fact of holding babies in your womb for 9 odd months and then giving them away without even seeing them; as a film-maker this presented an unique opportunity of dealing with complicated emotions and family relationships; and as an Asian, this was my chance to look at the predominantly Asian phenomenon and present it with a balanced approach. I must say the Asian pitch gave me complete freedom to tell my story. They respected my passion for the topic and supported me for many months with patience. This in turn led to the creation of a film which can claim to present everything in it with an air of honesty and confidence.
  • Ishani K Dutta
  • Director
  • Ishani K DuttaIndia
  • Ishani K Dutta

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On the Edge of Heaven

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There are 24,000 North Korean defectors who live in the democratic republic of South Korea. They live like "ghosts" as the South Koreans treat them with coldness and unwelcome attitude. This documentary aims to question civil rights and equality on the uncomfortable truth of South Korea, which prides itself on being a capitalist democracy, through the lives of these North Korean defectors.

Message from the Director
Before I filmed the North Korean defectors, I didn't realize how valuable freedom is to them or what kind of oppression they suffer in North Korea.
I joined them as they escaped to find freedom, with their lives on the line. They didn't have any political agenda. They did it to survive and to live like human beings. And some of them have successfully escaped from North Korea and are now living in the Republic of Korea, a country that offers democracy and freedom. I met them, too. I assumed they would be happy, because they had arrived at the place they'd considered heaven, as they desperately desired to come and find freedom here. But not all of them felt that way.
The people of the Republic of Korea, the country they believed to be heaven for them, see them as strangers and defectors. And of course, they are still living in fear, even in the Republic of Korea. But they go on, trying to convince themselves that things are better than how they had been living in North Korea. They are still at the border, not able to meld into the Korean society and the Korean people.
There are about 25,000 defectors living in the Republic of Korea. In China, hundreds of thousands of defectors without identification are suspected of residing, in fear of being captured and sent back to North Korea.
In both China and Korea, they are living at the border, unable to blend in.
The differences are only degree to how well they blend in.
  • Lee Kil Do
  • Director
  • Lee Kil DoSouth Korea
  • Lee Kil Do

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The Pad Piper

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This is the story of a man who invented a low cost sanitary napkin machine in India which brought about the change of menstrual hygiene for thousands of women. Most important, giving them their dignity.

Message from the Director
To start with, the commissioning process has been a great learning experience in shaping the way this documentary has been made. Mine is an unconventional subject, and given the TAP history of producing similar ideas, this was a huge boost to my directorial debut. My Executive Producer from NHK, Mr. Akira Yoshizawa, helped me shape the film for the channel with his valuable inputs.
  • Akanksha Sood
  • Director
  • Akanksha SoodIndia
  • Akanksha Sood

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Sailors in the Wheatfield

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The fortune of two farm boys, their hopes and their fears, and the teacher who guides them on their course for the ocean - in a school marooned in the middle of a wheatfield, five hundred kilometers from the coast. One is just starting out, and is confronted with the reality of a life at sea: the other is about to graduate, and if successful, set sail for the first time. For both, it's a gamble. This could be their only chance to leave the relative poverty of rural China and to see the world.

Message from the Director
It has been 15 months since the first time I went to the sailor school and met with these young boys, and now I think they have turned into young men. The hard training from school has forced them to face the real life course sooner than other people their age. In this 15 months I have witness their journey, see their transformation from boys to sailors, and I am very glad and honor to be part of their life.
Thanks to Asian Pitch for this opportunity. It has also been a great experience working with our production company in Taiwan and Asian Pitch's producer in Japan, the collaboration between all different people from different countries has actually enriched this project.
  • Huo Ning
  • Director
  • Huo NingTaiwan
  • Huo Ning

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