Very grateful for this review of my session at AIDC DocWeek from Anne Richey, and thanks to Editor David Tiley for making it free to everyone, not just subscribers of ScreenHub
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AIDC 2014: The art of perseverance in documentary filmmaking
By Anne Richey
Screen Hub Monday 10 March, 2014
Three makers, three different worlds. All driven by deep perseverance, and the clever use of available resources. Moderator and multimedia maker Nick Bolton has been patiently researching perseverance for his AFTRS Masters thesis in Screen Arts and Business.
Tong Phuoc Phuc operates an orphanage in Nha Trang, central Viet Nam. He persuades expectant mothers from aborting with the promise of care and shelter. Operated as a sort of halfway house, unwed mothers living at the orphanage must care for the many young resident children until giving birth. Tong wishes to leave his mark both as an anti-abortionist and as a saviour to fallen women and their unwanted children. Praised by the country’s Prime Minister and the media, Tong’s popularity and motives are overshadowed by allegations of profiteering and child neglect. This fly on the wall documentary follows one man’s quest and the mothers who care for the orphaned children of Nha Trang.
Jakeb Anvhu is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts. As a writer, director, editor and producer, his short films include Dan Bau Lullaby (2013) and The Marshall Cooking Show (2004). Blush of Fruit (2012) is his feature debut.
As part of my strategy to interview Originators, I am organising panel sessions at relevant conferences. AIDC CEO Joost den Hartog is also on my Masters course and loved my idea of a panel looking at The Art of Perseverance in Documentary Filmmaking.