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Pig Tusks And Paper Money

In Papua New Guinea pig tusks and shell money are currencies which can buy most things. Henry Tokubak’s dream is to establish a traditional bank where these currencies can be exchanged for cash. Traditional currencies still exist throughout Melanesia. This documentary asks why, and what does money mean to people who don’t rely on it. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Paradise Bent

Tells the story of the Samoan fa'afafines, boys who are raised as girls and play an important domestic role in Samoan culture. The traditional role of the fa'afafines is now under threat as the western drag scene filters into Samoa. Through our main character, Cindy, we see the complexities of life facing the modern day fa'afafines in paradise. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Orientations : Chris Doyle ; Stirred Not Shaken

Anglo/Australian expatriate cinematographer and artist Chris Doyle is riding the crest of a wave of international success and popularity. His work takes him from Hong Kong to Hollywood, shooting for HK director, Wong Kar-wai, and such luminaries as Gus Van Sant and Barry Levinson, in Hollywood. Doyle left Australia in the 1970’s and has been in Hong Kong for the past twenty years. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Reunion

An intimate portrait of Lisa Wang, an Australian woman of Chinese heritage, as she travels across cultures and time to piece together the puzzle of her identity. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Mama Tina

Irish woman, Christina Noble, provides love and hope for Vietnamese street kids. (Ronin Films, http://www.roninfilms.com.au)

A Breath

A dramatised documentary account of the life and work of two renowned Chinese-Australian artists, the calligrapher Huang Miaozi and the painter Yu Feng. Now in their eighties, A Breath documents their lives, which mirror the turbulent politics of 20th century China. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Pyongyang Diaries

A documentary that records a filmmaker’s personal encounter with the closed society of North Korea (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea)… In a post-modern landscape that confronts us with showcase monuments and bombastic images of progress, the film explores these images as presentation of an idealised reality, and between them, forms an image of the people through observations, conversations, and personal diary reflections on other experiences at the time of filming. (Ronin Films, http://www.roninfilms.com.au)

Hidden In The Wind

There’s history remaining in the grass, or hidden in the wind or tossing behind the ‘waves…’ (Seno Gumira Ajidarma). This documentary begins sometime in the future. After many years of Indonesian occupation East Timor is finally independent. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

China Dolls

This documentary is about growing up gay and Chinese in Australia. From a highly personal perspective, filmmaker Tony Ayres talks about being a “banana” – yellow (Chinese) on the outside, white on the inside. Using personal history as a starting point, the documentary becomes a complex exploration of the relationship between race, sexuality and body image. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Calling Young Hong Kong

Talking 1997 explores the lives of three Kong Kong Chinese youths facing China’s reacquisition of Hong Kong on June 30, 1997…The film includes the young Australian filmmakers and their own connection to Kong Kong. Together, both group’s perceptions of politics, multiculturalism, identity and displacement are examined. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)