Imagine getting unfettered access to the personal and professional life of China’s top cop, or, for that matter, the top cop from any country.
Aussie filmmaker Megan Doneman pulled this off in India. Over six years she enjoyed uncensored and unrestricted access to controversial corruption basher Kiran Bedi, India’s first female elite police officer. After the screening the director of “Yes Madam, Sir” will share her story of how she was able to film the inner workings of India’s police and prison systems. Doneman will also share the challenges and risks she faced making this hard-hitting documentary in the world’s most populous democracy, including her narrow escape after being kidnapped. “Yes Madam, Sir” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was selected to qualify for the 2010 Academy Awards. To view the official trailer on YOUTUBE go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdteZIdoF4A.
After the screening the director of “Yes Madam, Sir” will share her story in conversation with Jocelyn Ford, who is currently working on a documentary in Western China. The two will compare notes on the experience of making a documentary filming single handedly in tricky territory.
DATE: June 26 (Sunday)
VENUE: The Bookworm – 北京老书虫, Building 4, Sanlitun Nan Lu, Changyang District, Beijing, Phone: 010-6586-9507
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Award-winning Australian filmmaker and editor, Megan Doneman has worked in the worldwide film industry for 15 years. She started out as an assistant editor on Hollywood film, “Dark City” and continued to move up the ranks, learning the craft of storytelling over a further 15 feature films, such as the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong”. Doneman has also produced/directed her own films, namely the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed feature documentary, “Yes Madam, Sir”.