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Dragon Girls

English title: Dragon Girls
Original title: Drachenmädchen
German title: Drachenmädchen
Germany, 2013

Director: Westmeier, Inigo
Production company: GAP films GmbH
Co-producers: Open Window, Heimatfilm GmbH + Co KG, BR, ARTE

The martial arts academy “Shaolin Tagou” is located right next to the original temple of Kung Fu in China. Founded in 1978, today its 35,000 pupils and employees make it the biggest non-state institution of its kind. Far away from their families, the children and young people there are drilled to become fighting machines, obliged to conform to strict rules and daily timetables that give them hardly any free time.

This documenary film portrays nine-year-old Xin Chenxi, who belongs to the school’s elite team and will not allow herself to cry, as well as 15-year-old Chen Xi, the girl at the school “who does not speak”. The silent girl has not seen her parents for years. And then there is 17-year-old Huang. She could no longer bear the drill and the corporal punishment at the school of martial arts and ran away after eighteen months. Now she lives in Shanghai, where she wants to start a new life for herself.

IDFA Amsterdam 2012, Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2013, HotDocs Toronto 2013, Sydney 2013, Shanghai 2013, Brooklyn 2013, AFI Silver Docs 2013, Melbourne 2013, Moscow 2013, Golden Sparrow Gera/Erfurt 2013, Zlin 2013, Hot Docs Toronto (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2013, Chicago ICFF 2013 (awarded)

Website: www.drachenmaedchen-derfilm.de

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
Attraction Distribution (CDN)

Sold to:
Polyband (DE)
Jef (BE)