Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Convert at Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival

The Convert, the documentary about a Buddhist woman's conversion and marriage into Islam by Panu Aree, Kaweenipon Ketprasith and Kong Rithdee, is in the Asian Network of Documentary program at the 2008 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, which runs from October 31 to November 9 in Taipei Taichung.

The Convert was a recipient of funds from the Asian Network of Documentary (AND), a project of the Pusan International Film Festival that funds 10 Asian documentary productions each year.

Other documentaries in the AND program include Tan Pin Pin's Invisible City, about the fast-disappearing relatively recent historical artifacts of Singapore. There'also The Old Fool Who Moved the Mountains by Filipina filmmaker Joanna Vasquez Arong, about a Chinese musician named Gouzi, and his support of the Beijing music scene through his bar, Yugong Yishan.

The Convert premiered at the 12th Thai Short Film & Video Festival, was featured in the documentary program at the Bangkok International Film Festival (read Nick Palevsky's review for The Auteurs) and was in the Dragons and Tigers section at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In Taipei, it will screen on Friday (October 31) and on Monday (November 3).

Update: A limited release in Bangkok, at the Lido cinemas in Siam Square, starts on November 13.

A trailer for The Convert has been posted on YouTube, and it's embedded below.

(Poster and trailer via Deknang/Popcornmag)

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