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This Is Not a Movie

Yung Chang
2019 | 106 min
A TINAM Inc., SUTOR KOLONKO co-production with THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionToronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionDOC NYC, New York, United States (2019)

  • Official SelectionRIDM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionPalm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, California, United States (2020)

  • Best of FestsDoc Edge Festival 2020, Wellington, New Zealand (2020)

  • Best Work in the Lifelong Learning Division (The Governor of Tokyo Prize)Japan Prize International Educational Contest, Tokyo (2020)

Trailer


About the film


Synopsis


Director's STATEMENT


WHO IS ROBERT FISK

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Images

Fisk with Amira Hass and Palestinian Woman in Ramallah, Palestine, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Fisk in Israel, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Fisk with Antony Loewenstein, Jerusalem, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Fisk in a Jewish colony with its Israeli architect, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk in Syria, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk in Homs, Syria, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk in his home office, Beirut, Lebanon © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk at the Idlib frontline, Syria, 2018. © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk at the Idlib frontline, Syria, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk at the Idlib frontline, Syria, 2018 © TINAM Inc/Sutor Kolonko/NFB
Robert Fisk and Yung Chang in discussion, UN Blue Line, Lebanon. © Nelofer Pazira

Team


Yung Chang
Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : Richmond Lam


Yung Chang

Yung Chang is the multi-award-winning director of Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), The Fruit Hunters (2013), and Gatekeeper (2016). In 2015, Chang was a Fellow at the prestigious Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs, where he worked on his first dramatic feature, Eggplant. Chang’s latest feature documentary, the NFB-co-produced This Is Not a Movie, follows Robert Fisk, the controversial Middle East correspondent.

Chang’s films have screened at international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history, with an official release in 200 mainland Chinese cinemas.  In addition, his films have been viewed by millions thanks to broadcasters such as National Geographic, Channel 4, CBC, PBS, NHK Japan, and ZDF Arte.

Chang’s films have also received critical acclaim in cities across the globe, from Milan to Vancouver to Taipei, winning Canadian Screen Awards, Golden Horse Awards and Cinema Eye Honors, among others, and garnering nominations from the Toronto Film Critics Association, Sundance, the Emmys and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Chang is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, the Writers Guild of Canada and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More info at yungfilms.com.


Anita Lee
Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). She is a multi-award-winning producer and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Lee is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  From 2005 to the present, Lee produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, the Canadian Screen Awards, as well as Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Recent films include: This is not a Movie; Hispaniola; What is Democracy (TIFF 2018, theatrical release at IFC Center); What Walaa Wants (Berlin, Hot Docs 2018 Jury Prize Best Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Top Ten Film, CSA nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary); Unarmed Verses (Hot Docs 2017 Best Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Top Ten, CSA nomination for Best Feature Documentary); A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); Draw Me Close (Tribeca, Venice 2017); The Apology (Peabody Award 2019 and winner of the Cinephile Award for Best Documentary at Busan 2016). Lee also established NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab in Toronto which collaborated with the CFC and Ford Foundation on the Open Immersion VR residency Lab and the NFB/NT Creative Doc VR Lab with National Theatre (UK), in 2016.


Allyson Luchak
Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Allyson Luchak

Allyson Luchak is an Emmy award-winning producer of feature documentaries and series for theatrical release, broadcast television and streaming. Her credits include programming for HBO, BBC, CNN Films, PBS, CBC, Arte, Vice, Canal + , Netflix Originals and her films have premiered at festivals around the world. Allyson produced the iconic, award winning 13-part documentary series The Staircase (The Final Episodes: Tribeca Film Festival, 2018; Last Chance: IDFA 2012), which The New York Times described as “a masterpiece.” Previous work includes the Impact Partners documentary, City of Joy (DOC NYC, 2016), and Enlighten Us (Tribeca Film Festival, 2016) for CNN Films. As production on Yung Chang’s This is Not a Movie completes, Allyson is producing a multi-part series in co-production with Gaumont Television for release in 2020.


Nelofer Pazira
Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Nelofer Pazira

Nelofer Pazira is a journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist. An Afghan refugee to Canada, she starred in the film Kandahar, which premiered at Cannes and is based on her journey to find a friend living in Afghanistan. Two years later, she co-directed and produced the Gemini Award-winning documentary Return to Kandahar. She wrote, directed, and appeared in Audition and Act of Dishonour, and was featured in The Giant Buddhas. She is a contributor to CBC radio and TV and writes for European and Canadian media. Nelofer’s latest radio documentary, The Road to Damascus, won a Gabriel Award. Her book, A Bed of Red Flowers, was awarded the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize. Nelofer is also a former president of Pen Canada and the founder of Dyana Afghan Women’s Fund, a Canadian charity that supports women’s education in Afghanistan. She has been a jury member at numerous film festivals and regularly speaks at international conferences.


Ingmar Trost
Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Ingmar Trost

Ingmar Trost founded Sutor Kolonko in 2010. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer of documentary and narrative feature films. Ingmar is a member of the European Film Academy, an alumni of EAVE, Documentary Campus and EURODOC and was recently Germany’s Producer on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival. He produced the Cannes award-winning Sofia’s Last Ambulance by Ilian Metev as well as his follow-up “3/4”, winner of a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival 2017. He is the producer of Donkeyote by Chico Pereira (Best Documentary Edinburgh IFF)  and The Chambermaid Lynn directed by Ingo Haeb (FIPRESCI Prize & Award for Best Artistic Contribution Montreal World FF). Ingmar’s most recent credits include: Ringside by André Hörmann (Berlinale 2019), Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat (Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Actor at the San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018), The Fourth Estate by Liz Garbus and Jenny Carchman (Emmy nominated), The Raft by Marcus Lindeen (Winner Dox:Award CPH:DOX 2018), Teatro de Guerra by Lola Arias (Prize of the  Ecumenical Jury & CICAE Art Cinema Award Berlinale Forum 2018) and the Emmy-winning Solitary by Kristi Jacobson. Current productions and films in development include: Ballad For A Pierced Heart by Yannis Economides, This Is Not A Movie by Yung Chang, Plateau by Ilian Metev and Beautiful Souls by Tom Schreiber.


Mike Munn
Editor
Biography
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Photo : Anria Loubser


Mike Munn

A graduate of Ryerson University’s film program, Mike Munn began his career working with the Toronto New Wave directors, editing features for Bruce McDonald (Roadkill), Srinivas Krishna (Masala and Lulu), and Peter Mettler (Tectonic Plates and Picture of Light).

He went on to cut numerous feature films for Canadian and international directors, including John Greyson (Law of Enclosures), Richard Kwietniowski (Owning Mahowny), ​​Daniel MacIvor (Past Perfect and Wilby Wonderful), Nisha Ganatra (Cake), and Bruce McCulloch (Comeback Season). Mike has also edited several award-winning documentaries, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen’s Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. His many television credits include Shaftesbury’s The Shields Stories and Sienna Film’s mini-series Diamonds, nominated for nine Gemini Awards.

Mike’s work has been recognized formally with awards and nominations and highlighted in film reviews from around the world. The films he’s edited have played at Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Sundance, among other festivals, with 11 features accepted into TIFF. Stories We Tell was shortlisted for the best documentary Oscar® and voted one of the 10 best Canadian films of all time in a TIFF poll. ​


Duraid Munajim
Cinematographer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Duraid Munajim

Duraid Munajim is an acclaimed Toronto-based filmmaker and cinematographer whose work has been screened at festivals around the world, including IDFA in Amsterdam, DOK.fest in Munich, and Hot Docs in Toronto, as well as others in Switzerland, the Middle East, France, and across the U.S. and Canada. Though he is best known for his work on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, he’s been the director of photography or lead cinematographer on more than 46 titles, including feature-length films, shorts, experimental and documentary films, and TV shows, such as Masterminds, Son of Babylon, The Unspeakable Act, Manufactured, My Enemy, My Brother, and The Seven Last Words. Duraid has received countless awards and accolades, including the Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Best Cinematography at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and a nomination for the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary.


Ohad Benchetrit & Justin Small
Composers
Biography
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Ohad Benchetrit & Justin Small

A bit about us, Ohad Benchetrit & Justin Small:

As founding members of critically acclaimed Toronto based band Do Make Say Think, We have been creating engaging, epic, and emotional music together for over 23 years. As composers, our focus has always centred around melody, artistic integrity, passion, and spirited experimentation.

This has opened the door to a decades long career in film composition. We’ve always picked projects with lots of heart and beauty, and believe score to be an integral part of the story telling. To add colour, and emotion but not to lead. To add feel but not to persuade.

We’ve been honoured with multiple awards, including the 2018 JUNO award for best instrumental album with our work with Do Make Say Think, the Best Original Score in 2016 at the LA scream Fest and a Canadian Screen Award in 2012 for Best original score for a documentary for Semi-Sweet: Life in Chocolate.

Cinematic in nature, Do Make Say Think are always being asked to contribute compositions to film and are proud to be a part of award winning projects such as The Corporation, Scared Sacred, Everything’s Gone Green, and the Oscar-winning Syrianna. We even performed a live score with a 15 piece band to Eric Von Stroheim’s 1924 epic masterpiece Greed.

Ohad has also written, produced and scored with independent supergroup Broken Social Scene.

We pride ourselves on finding the right emotional tone that both the director and picture are trying to convey. With Ohad’s classical training and Justin’s minimalist and immediate sense of melody we feel we have created a unique sound and style of film composition that holds the emotional crux of the entire project in the highest order.
We love what we do.

Credits

Directed by
YUNG CHANG

Produced by
ANITA LEE
ALLYSON LUCHAK
NELOFER PAZIRA
INGMAR TROST

Edited by
MIKE MUNN CCE

Written by
YUNG CHANG and NELOFER PAZIRA

Cinematography by
DURAID MUNAJIM

Original Music by
OHAD BENCHETRIT and JUSTIN SMALL

Title Sequence and Graphics by
HANDT & WOLBER

Executive Producer (NFB)
ANITA LEE

Executive Producers
CHRISTOPHER CLEMENTS
JULIE GOLDMAN

Associate Producers
KATE VOLLUM (NFB)
JOHN GRIFFITH

Participants in order of appearance

ROBERT FISK
YARA
GENERAL JIHAD SULTAN
TIM EDDY
ANTRANIK HELVADJIAN
SUHEIL NATOUR
NIRMEEN HAZINEH
TSOLEEN SARIAN
LT. FINIAN EVERARD
VESNA ALMOG
IFET KRNJIC
ADIS IKANOVIC
AMIRA SOLH
AMER MRAYATI
LAMIAA AL SAAD
AMIRA HASS
ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
CHAIM SILBERSTEIN
SULIEMAN KHATIB

Business Affairs
COLETTE JOHNSON-VOSBERG

Production Manager
ANDJE BOROJEVIC

Production Manager Germany
BETTINA MÜLLER

Location Crew

Sound Recordist
JASON PORTER

Assistant Camera
PETER HOWIE
ALI AL-DARADJI

Lebanon
Fixers
SASEEN KAWZALLY
EMMANUEL HADDAD

Sound Recordist
DANIEL HEWETT

Drivers
NOOR SAAD
MOHAMMED

Serbia and Bosnia
Fixer
VESNA ALMOG

Drivers
GORAN KRUNIC
ZORAN KRUNIC

Syria
Fixer
YARA

Sound recordist
RAMI AL DULLI

Driver
MOHAMMAD

Israel and Palestine
Fixer
QUIQUE KIERSZENBAUM

Drivers
RAWAN IDKAIDK
SAMIR AL-SHARIF

Assistant Editor
PHILLIP HAWKES

Visual Researcher
TANYA FLEET

Archival Research and Fact Checking
LUCAS DOWLING
NELOFER PAZIRA

Researchers
JACKIE CORKERY
JONAH ENGLE

Translation
ALL LANGUAGES LTD

Transcription
LAUREL TOEWS
HOUSE OF TRANSCRIPTION

NFB STUDIO

Executive Director of Programming
MICHELLE VAN BEUSEKOM

Manager, Studio Operations
MARK WILSON

Production Supervisor
MARCUS MATYAS

Production Coordinator
ANDREW MARTIN-SMITH

Technical Coordinator
KEVIN RILEY

Coordinator, Ontario Studio
CARLY KASTNER

Legal Council
CHRISTIAN PITCHEN

Marketing Manager
MELISSA WHEELER

Post Production Germany

Post Production Supervisor
ERHARD GIESEN

Video Post Production
FARBKULT POST PRODUCTION

Conform
FABIAN EISENACHER

Colourist
FELIX HÜSKEN

Audio Post Production
TORUS FILMTONPOSTPRODUKTION

Audio Post Production Supervisor
STEPHAN COLLI

Dialogue Editor and Re-recording Mixer
MATTHIAS LEMPERT

Sound Design
MIRKO REINHARD

Assistant Sound Design
ERIK RECK

ADR Recordists
SEBASTIAN STROUX
TOM PROTZER

Technician
MARKUS EMONDS

Scheduling Torus
BETTINA NESSELRATH
HILDEGARD NONNEMACHER

Translation & subtitles, Germany
TEXTIMBILD

Archival Materials Courtesy of

ALAMY
ALAA EBRAHIM
AP-HUSSEIN MALLA/THE CANADIAN PRESS
ARAM ARKUN
ARMENIAN MUSEUM OF AMERICA/
ZOE QUINN & JENNIFER LISTON MUNSON
THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MUSEUM – INSTITUTE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BBC
CONVERSATIONS WITH HISTORY/HARRY KREISLER
RICK CORDELL
CRITICAL PAST
DEMOCRACY NOW/AMY GOODMAN
DEUTSCHE WELLE ENGLISH
DON MCCULLIN
F.I.L.M. ARCHIVES INC.
FREMANTLEMEDIA LIMITED
GETTY IMAGES
THE INDEPENDENT (LONDON)
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
MARIA GILARDIN, TUCRADIO.ORG
MIDDLE EAST CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE (MECA)
NELOFER PAZIRA
NOAM CHOMSKY
POND5
PROJECT SAVE ARMENIAN PHOTOGRAPH
ARCHIVES/TSOLEEN SARIAN
ROBERT FISK
RUPLTY
SCREENOCEAN/CHANNEL 4/CHAMELEON TV
TODAY FM
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN/JANE OHLMEYER
VRT TV-ARCHIVES
WPA FILM LIBRARY

Production Tax Credit Advisor
JIMMY YE
KUDLOW YE PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

Production Accountant
FULLER LANDAU LLP
LAURA COUVRETTE

Production Bookkeeper
MARCELLA VETERE

Accountant, Sutor Kolonko
BERNHARD RAND

Legal Counsel

REISMAN LAW OFFICES
HATTY REISMAN
JENNIFER DICK

LUSSIER & KHOUZAM
REMY KHOUZAM

LEES LAW PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
MAJA LEES

Title Search
THE RIGHTS COMPANY
SHANNON HANCOCK

Assistant Business Affairs
BETTY ANN TUTCHING

Production Insurance

FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS INC
DARLENE MILLEY

REEL MEDIA CANADA
STEVE FRASER (LEGAL COUNSEL)

Assistant Business Affairs
BETTY ANN TUTCHING

Production Insurance

FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS INC
DARLENE MILLEY

REEL MEDIA CANADA
STEVE FRASER (LEGAL COUNSEL)

THE INDEPENDENT
CHRISTIAN BROUGHTON
WILL GORE
HANNAH FEARN
HOLLY BAXTER

Commissioning Editors

MARTIN PIEPER
ZDF/ARTE

SUSANNE MERTENS
ZDF/ARTE

BARBARA TRUYEN
VPRO

STEVEN ARTELS & GASPARD LAMUNIÈRE
RADIO TÉLÉVISION SUISSE
UNITÉ DES FILMS DOCUMENTAIRES

BLUE ICE DOCS and THE NFB present
THIS IS NOT A MOVIE, a film by Yung Chang

A TINAM Inc., SUTOR KOLONKO co-production with THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

Presented by Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds, through the Theatrical Documentary Program, produced with participation of Ontario Creates, in co-production with ZDF/Arte and VPRO, supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
and with the participation of Doc Society Circle, RTS/Radio Télévision Suisse, The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit, with the assistance of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

© 2019 TINAM Inc., SUTOR KOLONKO and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

 

 

 



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  • About TINAM Inc.

    Co-producers Allyson Luchak and Nelofer Pazira have combined their years of experience producing, writing, and directing to launch TINAM Inc. Both have worked on critically acclaimed films. Luchak’s producing credits include the documentaries The City of Joy and Enlighten Us (Tribeca 2016) and the Netflix series The Staircase, which The New York Times called “a masterpiece.” Pazira’s work has premiered at Cannes and at festivals in Locarno, Geneva, Edinburgh, São Paulo, Toronto, and Montreal. Kandahar, Return to Kandahar and Act of Dishonour have received awards and international recognition.

  • About Sutor Kolonko

    Sutor Kolonko was founded in May 2010 in Cologne, Germany, in order to create an independent platform for the development and production of challenging documentaries and narrative feature films. The company strives to be a harbour and point of departure, especially for young writers and directors. Sutor Kolonko focusses on international co-productions that are driven by strong stories told with a distinctive style.

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