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Introducing myself and my journal

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About Me:
In November 2008 I travelled to a film festival in China. One of the first people I met at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival was 范玲 Fan Ling. I had arrived in November 2008 after spending 5 weeks in Prague where I had directed a short documentary about the secret church under communism. During that time I made contact with Catholic priests, men and one woman, who had been secretly ordained. I spent hours with one priest listening to stories of how he and his friends had continued to practice their faith under a totalitarian regime. Ordained secretly in an unmarked house he re-counted the conditions that priests and nuns faced in concentration camps. Several women had been ordained in order to work with Christian women prisoners. Many priests met secretly after midnight in order to teach Catholicism, during the day they disguised themselves as window cleaners and factory workers. These were extraordinary survivors who had lived by their faith. In present day Czech Republic the Catholics I spoke to were still afraid to speak about their lives under communism. They feared retribution from other Catholics who held positions of power. The short film I made, alongside others, gained me entrance into the film festival as an International Producer. Having spent the morning on the streets of Guangzhou, mingling with crowds, I met Fan Ling, a young filmmaker. She was on her way to watch a documentary and invited me to accompany her to Feiyang Cinema City.

To be continued.

My Challenges:
Finding funds to independently direct / produce my film

My Areas of Expertise:
Research, Filmmaking, Writing,

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JMKELLAM's picture

I am at the edge of my seat...

Priscilla:

First off, welcome to PulseWire. We are so excited to have you and your voice here. Secondly, I want to know more. How did the film festival go? What other documentaries did you see? How did yours fair?

I can't wait to hear more and possibly see your film.

In friendship,

Jenna

Corine Dhondee's picture

Thank you

Hi Jenna,

I didn't spend much time at the film festival! I met a Chinese doc filmmaker and ended up touring universities with a group of Chinese filmmakers who had made documentaries about the Szechuan earthquake. It was quite incredible. I filmed them too now just trying to raise the funds to edit the footage. I gave a presentation about the fllms I have made and guess what I didn't see many films either accept those of my friends. I also gave a workshop to young people on film. It was all very unexpected and wonderful. I have just posted a link to "Girls let's eat and do business". It's one minute and was shot on the fly in a market in Guangzhou.It's on my profile page. Tell me what you think. And what are you doing at the moment?

Best Corine

jadefrank's picture

Welcome!!!

Hi Priscilla,

I too am anxious to hear the rest of your story. So interesting as I have not heard much about the secret religious practice of Catholics during Communism. I spent last year living in China and found it to be such a fascinating country. I am eager to hear more about your film and see it if it has been released.

Warm regards,
Jade

Corine Dhondee's picture

Thank you

Hi Jade,

Where were you in China? I spent my time in Guangzhou it was quite incredible I met some great documentary filmmakers. The films are in post. However I have added a link to "Girls let's eat and do business." It is one afternoon spent in the Guanzhou food market, I filmed on the fly. The food was gorgeous and so too was the atmosphere. I am in the middle of editing now for a film about jazz, the queen and a group of young men. The link to Girl's lets eat and do business is on my profile page. Thanks for you feedback re the story, the Czech republic was fascinating, but that's another story. Tell me more about your time in China.

Ciao for now Corine

jadefrank's picture

Missing Chinese food!

Hi Corine,

I really enjoyed your film, "Girls let's eat and do business". You really captured the essence of Chinese cuisine. That is one of the things I miss most about China - the food. I spent a year teaching English in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in the south west. I taught at a university there and also at several kindergartens. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life! I never made it to Guangzhou, but hope to when I can ever make it back to China.

Where can I see more of your films?

Cheers,
Jade

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