Marc Eberle – Cutting Edge Films on Asia
Check out the new website of German film director Marc Eberle, a long time collaborator who specializes in directing cutting-edge documentaries on Asian subjects.
Marc has covered human trafficking on the Indian subcontinent (Nepal’s Sold Out Daughters, 2001), the world’s greatest gathering of human beings, the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India (The Greatest Show on Earth, 2001) and the lives of the magnificent Kalash minority in Pakistan (The Kalash – Daughters of the Hindukush, 2006).
His exceptional feature documentary In Foreign Service (2005), which uncovers the fate of the 35.000 Germans who fought with the French in Vietnam in the 1950s, is a brilliant piece of of secret history. His follow up The Most Secret Place on Earth (2009), an 80 minute cinema feature has been broadcast on countless TV channels around the world and looks at the CIA’s largest campaign to date, the Secret War in Laos in the 1960s. Archive footage, on the ground research, interviews with the main players including former CIA, state department, and Air America staff as well as former Hmong general Vang Pao and professor of history Alfred McCoy.
Check out his online bio here…
Marc Eberle has directed documentaries for ARTE, NDR, WDR, SWR, BR, MDR, ZDF and Discovery Channel in Oman, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. His latest documentary, The Most Secret Place on Earth – The CIA’s Covert War in Laos (NDR/ARTE, WDR, Filmfund Hamburg, Filmfund NRW, MEDIA new Talents, MEDIA, developedin the framework of the Discovery Masterschool,) opened in German cinemas early 2009 and has been screened at over fifteen international film festivals and was nominated
for the north German Film Award, the History Makers’ Award in New York, the Golden Panda at Sichuan intl. Filmfestival, China, the World Television Award, Banff, Canada.
I am extremely happy to have collaborated with Marc on The Greatest Show on Earth (2001) , Angkor – The Khmer’ Heart of Stone (2002) and The Most Secret Place on Earth (2009), researching locations and protagonists, historical backgrounds, co-writing the screenplays and occasionally acting as production manager.
Marc’s current project is an exciting new feature (judging by the trailers and footage I have seen, it will be a mind blowing look at Asian music culture, Cambodian history and a new exciting world music artist) on The Cambodian Space Project, a Cambodia based music collective headed by charismatic Khmer chanteuse Srey Thy and Julian Poulson, an Australian musician. A kind of Asian Grateful Dead, the CSP have been touring the world for the past two years, bringing a new interpretation of Cambodia’s 1960s RocknRoll sounds to the world – the band have played shows and festivals in France, the UK, the US, China, HK, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia.
Marc’s website was designed by illustrator Julia Goschke.