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7th Melbourne Documentary Film Festival – Asian Presence 2022

We present the documentaries with Asian topics that are being screened at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (Australia), which is taking place online until July 31 and in Cinemas from July 21 – 31, 2022.

Dreaming An Island by Andrea Pellerani – Switzerland | 2021 – 76 minutes

What if everything stopped? If the wheels of the economy were to come off permanently? The Japanese island of Ikeshima is a place that seems to be ahead of its time, showing us a possible future. The few remaining inhabitants live in a surreal setting, clinging to a normality that seems however to escape them. A dreamlike journey, which forces us to think about our relationship with the planet but also about social isolation and loneliness. (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
This film is being screened Online until July 31st, 2022

Trailer:

Eternal Spring by Jason Loftus – Canada | 2022 – 86 minutes

Facing denunciations of their banned faith in the Chinese state media, an engineer named Liang and a hulking grain worker called “Big Truck” execute a bold and perilous plan to hack into state television.

In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), is forced to flee. He arrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening a violent repression.

But his views about the TV hijacking are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, now living in Seoul. Daxiong uses his art to retrace the event–bringing to life an unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an inspiring tale of determination in the face of injustice. (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
July 20, 2022 | Wednesday | Cinema Nova | 18:30 pm
July 23, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 19:00 pm
This fill will only be available in cinemas. You can buy tickets HERE

Trailer:

Kurosawa’s Grave by Ben Lopez – USA | 2021 – 14 minutes

Viewed through the eyes of an expert cinephile, this pilgrimage to Japan and love letter to Akira Kurosawa will transport the audience to a moment where modernity meets nostalgia. (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
July 23, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am
This short will only be available in cinemas. You can buy tickets HERE

Trailer:

Lacuna by Scarlett Adele Chen – Australia | 2017

Lacuna explores the stories of the new wave of Chinese Investment Immigrant Woman in Australia. (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
This film will be screened Online until July 31st, 2022

Trailer:

My Mother the Action Star by Maria Tran – Australia | 2020 – 5 minutes

Maria Tran is a Western Sydney-based actor, martial artist and director. She is a leading action star in Asia and has worked with Hollywood luminaries such as Jackie Chan and Roger Corman but it’s been a hard road, especially for a young Australian Vietnamese woman in the male- dominated, often sexist industry that is action films. Most of Maria’s work has been overseas as, despite its enormous popularity globally, Australia doesn’t produce action films—let alone female-centric ones. (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
July 23, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am
This fill will only be available in cinemas. You can buy tickets HERE

Trailer:

Paper City by Adrian Francis – Australia, Japan | 2021 – 80 minutes

Just after midnight on March 10, 1945, the US launched a massive air raid on Tokyo, unleashing a firestorm on this dense area of wooden and paper houses. By sunrise, more than 100,000 people were dead, and a quarter of the city destroyed—the most destructive air raid in history.

Unlike their loved ones, Mr Hoshino, Mrs Kiyooka and Mr Tsukiyama emerged alive. For years they have campaigned for a public memorial, a museum, and some token compensation for civilians who lost everything. But the Japanese government has refused to formally acknowledge their appeals, and after seven decades, they find themselves cast aside—while former soldiers have been treated generously by the state.

PAPER CITY follows the survivors as they launch a final campaign to leave behind a record of this forgotten tragedy—before the last of them passes away. Weaving harrowing testimonies, rarely-seen archive, and modern-day advocacy, it’s an exploration of trauma, remembrance and the state’s role in gatekeeping accounts of history. but the Japanese government and even their fellow citizens seem disinclined to formally acknowledge the past (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
This film will be screened Online until July 31st, 2022

Trailer:

You Are the Days to Come by Ronja Yu – Sweden | 2021 – 75 minutes

The film is set in Beijing in the 1980s during the extraordinary time that led up to Tiananmen Square protests 1989. It tells the story of young artists and musicians demanding freedom and making rebellion through their art and music, creating indelible memories for a generation of Chinese people. The director Yang Yang grew up in Beijing in this time and the film is framed within her memories and lived experience. The film travels back in time with the six artists whose work represented the revolutionary dreams of a generation soon to be violently silenced by the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. (MDFF 2022)

Screening:
This fill will only be available in cinemas. You can buy tickets HERE

Trailer:

For more information, please visit: http://mdff.org.au/home

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