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DRAGON GIRLS (DRACHENMÄDCHEN)

DRAGON GIRLS
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DRAGON GIRLS tells the story of three Chinese girls, training to become Kung Fu fighters, far away from their families at the Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School, located right next to the Shaolin Monastery in China. Three girls in a crowd of 26,000 children, under pressure to conform to the norms and structures: They are turned into fighting robots and yet, if you look behind the curtain, you see children with dreams and aspirations…


Inigo Westmeier was born in 1973 in Brussels/Belgium. After studying at the VGIK Film Academy in Moscow, he graduated from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 2003 and received a scholarship to study in the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Department in Los Angeles. After completing his studies, he has been active as a DoP for feature films, international advertisements and award-wining documentaries. DRAGON GIRLS is his first feature-length documentary as a director.
Genre Children & Youth, Coming-of-Age Story, Educational, Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Inigo Westmeier
Screenplay Inigo Westmeier, Benjamin Quabeck
Cinematography Inigo Westmeier
Cast Xin Chenxi, Chen Xi, Huang Luolan
Producers Andreas Simon, Tom Wommer
Co-Producers Inigo Westmeier, Bettina Brokemper
Production Company GAP Films Production/Munich, in co-production with Open Window Film/Kronberg, Heimatfilm/Cologne, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
Length 90 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, HDCAM, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 Chinese
Subtitled Version English
Festivals IDFA 2012, Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2013, HotDocs Toronto 2013, Sydney 2013, Shanghai 2013, Brooklyn 2013, AFI Silver Docs 2013, Melbourne 2013, Moscow 2013, Zlin 2013, Camerimage 2013, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2013, Bilbao 2013, Documenta Madrid 2014
Awards Best Foreign Feature Documentary HotDocs Toronto 2013, Documentary First Prize Chicago 2013, Metropolis German Director's Award 2013
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Hessische Filmförderung

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