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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…
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, BR, ARTE
Runtime 90 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, HDCAM, color, 1:1.85
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 / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Hessische Filmförderung

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