Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Contest: Reel Asian Film festival

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

November 5 – 16, 2013

Well, if everything I said in my festival preview wasn't enough to get you interested in heading out to see something at the Reel Asian festival, how about some free movies? Courtesy of the fine folks at the festival, I have pairs of passes to give away to two of the flicks that I'm especially looking forward to seeing.

Silk Road of Pop takes us to the Uyghur province of China — a nation under occupation — and looks at how metal bands and hip-hop crews work with and against traditional music in documenting the country's struggles. Meanwhile, a lot of what we hear in the media here about Pakistan is rather one dimensional, not really hinting at the real complexities — the good and the bad — that people there face. Without Shepherds follows "six very different Pakistanis" (a model and entrepreneur, a touring musician, a truck driver, a former jihadist, a frontier journalist, and a celebrity athlete turned opposition leader) as they experience and try and change their country. Documentaries are meant to broaden our experience of other lives, and it sounds like both of these are doing exactly that.


Silk Road screens Friday, November 8th, 6 p.m. at The Royal, and Without Shepherds screens Saturday, November 9th, 1 p.m. at The Royal. The sure-fire way to see these is to grab a ticket (which you can do here). But if you want to try your luck, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "Reel Asian" in the title and your name in the body — along with which film you'd like to win tickets to. (Feel free to say both, but you can only win once.) Or if it's easier, you can enter with a "like" on facebook. I'll randomly draw the winners on Thursday, November 7th at 2 p.m.

N.B.: Hitting the "Like" button below is appreciated — and encouraged! — but does not constitute contest entry, given that I have no way of seeing who pressed it.

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