Non-competition

    Chopshots Specials
    We are very happy to present to you several award-winning documentaries that were screened at other international festivals around the world earlier this year and have their Indonesian premiere at Chopshots.

    China Heavyweight is the new film by filmmaker Yung Chang, who previously made “Up the Yangtze“, and is a riveting story that observes the tension between individual ambition and national identity in contemporary China. Planet of Snail tells a mesmerizing tale about a very special couple from South Korea. Above all, this beautifully photographed documentary is a poetic meditation on refined sensory perception. High Tech, Low Life is a fascinating peek through the great firewall of China. This timely documentary by Stephen Maing examines the mysterious internet policing and widespread censorship practices carried out by the Chinese government. Last but not least, 5 Broken Cameras gives a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in a West Bank village and is a remarkable piece of work that is composed of material that rarely makes the news.

    Don’t miss these masterpieces!

    The Filmmaker’s Journey
    The world is changing and challenging what used to be our standard perspectives of the West and the East. This program will show how both tell their stories and even learn from one another.

    See how the economic crisis affected people's lives in Iceland, observe the unique democratic process of an election in the Philippines, and witness the journey of Indonesian lesbians discovering their place in the world or the journey young women of Iranian descent visiting their homeland to learn about their roots. There's also the journey of Olivier Assayas, a well known French filmmaker, who follows the Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiau-Hsien as he returns to the cities all over Taiwan where he made his famous films. It is as bitter as a separation of a couple in the streets of Brazil and as sweet as the struggle of the Thai cheerleaders in the world competition. The past is revisited in two documentaries, one by a Vietnamese filmmaker and another one by an Australian filmmaker on the nascent media industry in East Timor. And last but not least, the personal journey of a Thai filmmaker to come to terms with his mother’s suicide through an attempt to blend fiction and documentary. So, open your mind and enjoy the ride!
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    Music Docs Rock!
    Music and film? The first thing that probably pops into your mind is a music video of the latest biggest pop star. But the combination of music and film has much more to offer. In the last decades music documentaries such as Scorsese’s “The Blues“ or Wadleigh’s “Woodstock - Three Days of Peace and Music“ captured social revolutions reflected through music. Whether it was simply by following an artist who represented an idea or by picturing a movement or a special music event, these films were a mirror of changing socio-cultural structures at that point in time. Following this tradition, four new music documentaries from and about Singapore, Mongolia and Indonesia give a new perspective on Asia and its noisy identity. The films show cultural conflicts between tradition and modernity, they picture how music can be a chance to overcome grievances and give an insight into the actual social reality of these countries.

    Don’t miss this visual sound experience and discover that behind the music there is always a story to be told.
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    Restropektive: SEA Documents
    Southeast Asia is known for its diversity of cultures, religions, ethnicities and its turbulent political history. However, the nations of the region do share an incredible amount of culture and history in their struggles as well as in the blossoming of independent nation states in the sense of "same same but different". Yet these shared moments or identities have so far not been in the spotlight, and intercultural exchange among ASEAN member states is only slowly heating up. So, “What do we actually know about society, history and the struggle of people in our neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia? And what binds us together?”. This retrospective takes on the challenge and attempts to change this situation. Seven must-see documentaries from and about Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam will give some insights into seminal events of these countries’ histories, tell about conflicts and natural catastrophes that the people have gone through and portray people’s lives there. These films not only take the audience on a journey through Southeast Asia, but they also mark an important development of documentary film in each country and represent the best films that have been produced in or about these countries in recent years!

    Come with us on a journey through Southeast Asia and you will see it like you have never seen it before!
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