With March Comes a Flurry of International Independent Films

Posted by Pete DeMola on 28. Feb 2009

NBIMW's mission, according to their press release, is to "to bring a smartly curated selection of the coolest international independent films to regular Chinese audiences in Beijing and to open people's minds to the sheer number and variety of independent films produced around the world every year."

"We're leaning towards movies that we feel are going to be entertaining to the general public," said NBIMW's Chief Organizer Peter Salladé, citing films like Courting Condi (Sun, Mar 1 at Yugong Yishan) a road documentary in the Borat school in which a tubby musician transverses the United States in the quest to capture former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's heart, and Mardi Gras: Made in China, a sly look at how globalization links the hedonistic American festival to the manufacturing industry here in the Middle Kingdom (Sun, Mar 15 at D-22).

More than 70 films will be shown throughout the month (until Mar 20) at venues across the city, including The Boat, White Rabbit and the CNEX Film Café, a film-focused café operated by a Taiwanese documentary company that seeks to assemble a team of "filmmakers with balls," according to Salladé, to produce and promote documentaries related to social issues that many in this country face.

Films to be screened at CNEX Film Café (pictured) include a Chinese take on the American Dream in the form of Yanling's Oranges, horror flick Dark Spirits and Red Letter, all of which will be screened on Sat, Mar 14.

Music is on deck, as well, most notably provided by The Gay Lasers, who will bring their electronic dissonant punk to D-22 on Tues, Mar 3 and The Boat on Sat, Mar 7.

The full event schedule can be viewed here.

Join the CNEX and NBIMW WLIB Groups here and here.

WLIB Staff Pick: One Cup of Coffee, the short documentary that follows the descendents of late reggae legend Bob Marley in their pursuit to implement ethical standards in coffee farming; Sat, Mar 7 at the Boat.

UPDATE: The Crying Monkey Award for Best Art Film -- selected by the audience -- will be awarded on Sun, Mar 8 at BoKaLa Café.




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