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Betelnut (Bing Lang)

YANG Heng. China, 2005. Narrative, 112 minutes. Hunan Dialect w/ English subtitles.

“Exquisite!” – Tony Rayns, Film Society of Lincoln Center. “Pure cinema” – Susanna Harutyunyan, FIPRESCI. 

Along a sleepy Hunan riverside, two delinquent boys experience a summer of love and violence in Yang Heng’s visually stunning debut. More info >>

The Black and White Milk Cow (Yi Zhi Hua Nai Niu)YANG Jin. China, 2004. Narrative, 93 minutes. Shanxi dialect w/ English subtitles.A young schoolteacher unknowingly enters a tangled web of politics in Yang Jin’s unsentimental dissection of the Chinese countryside. Shot on a micro-budget with remarkable black-and-white compositions, The Black and White Milk Cow offers one of the most thoughtful considerations of social commitment and individual responsibility in contemporary Chinese cinema. More info >>

Enter The Clowns (Chou Jue Deng Chang)

CUI Zi’en. China, 2002. Narrative, 80 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

“Liberating… Enter the Clowns conveys a sense of cinema at the vanguard.” – Scott Foundas, Variety. Straight, gay and in-between Beijingers unleash a whirlwind of transsexual mayhem in this groundbreaking, gender-bending debut by China’s preeminent queer filmmaker. More info >>

Er Dong (Er Dong)

YANG Jin. China, 2008. Narrative, 151 minutes. Shanxi Dialect w/ English subtitles.

A rebellious teenager endures boarding school expulsion, family pressures and the harsh realities of rural life in northern China, until an uncovered secret from his past changes his life forever. Quietly moving and full of authentic insight into the prospects for youth in rural China, Er Dong announces the arrival of a major new talent in filmmaker Yang Jin. More info >>

Fujian Blue (Jin Bi Hui Huang)WENG Shouming. China, 2007. Narrative, 90 minutes. Mandarin and Fujianese w/ English subtitles.Two interweaving stories of youth crime and family crisis shed light on illegal emigration and human trafficking in China’s Fujian province, in this award-winning debut feature. With “marvelous energy… Weng’s work captures this situation with remarkable clarity” (Gautaman Bhaskaran, The Hollywood Reporter). More info >>

Little Moth (Xue Chan)

PENG Tao. China, 2007. Narrative, 99 minutes. Hubei dialect w/ English subtitles.

“A nearly perfect little film.” – Vancouver International Film Festival

When an impoverished couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate. Director Peng Tao turns the sordid street life of small town China into a chain-reaction tale of human cruelty and unforgettable suspense. More info >>

No. 89 Shimen Road (Hei Bai Zhao Pian)

SHU Haolun. China, 2010. Narrative, 91 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

“No other director can touch poet-novelist Li Hongqi.” – Tony Rayns, BFI
“At the forefront of independent Chinese cinema.” – J.P. Sniadecki, Cinemascope

In this acclaimed absurdist comedy, bored teenagers and disillusioned adults rage at each other and the emptiness of life in frost-bitten northern China. More info >>

Old Dog (Lao Gou/Khyi Rgan)

PEMA Tseden/WANMA Caidan. China, 2011. Narrative, 88 minutes. Tibetan with English subtitles.

“A beautiful, highly effective and moving statement about a culture in danger of disappearing” – James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price. Pema Tseden (The Silent Holy Stones, The Search) is the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to film his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. More info >>

The Other Half (Ling Yi Ban)

YING Liang. China, 2006. Narrative, 111 min. Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles.

“A fierce and harrowing cry of political rage.” – The New Yorker

“One hell of a beautiful film… Endlessly haunting… with serene, even joyous consciousness that is the opposite of despair.” – Variety

Xiaofen spends all day listening to everything that’s wrong with China, opening her eyes to the chaos that threatens her own life. More info >>

Oxhide (Niu Pi)

LIU Jiayin. China, 2005. Narrative, 110 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

“The most important Chinese film of the past several years – and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country” – Shelly Kraicer, Cinema-scope

Daily life in a cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a Chinese family. More info >>

Oxhide II (Niu Pi II)LIU Jiayin. China, 2009. Narrative, 132 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.“Arguably the most interesting new Chinese director to emerge since Jia Zhangke.” – Peter Rist, Offscreen. Building on the stunning vision of OXHIDE (voted one of the best Chinese films of the 2000s), writer-director Liu Jiayin once again casts herself and her parents in scripted versions of their life in a tiny Beijing apartment. The result is “a direct, honest, miniature epic” (Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook). More info >>

Raised From Dust (Ju Zi Chen Tu)

GAN Xiao Er. China, 2006. Narrative, 102 min. Henan dialect w/ English subtitles.

“A gentle, sympathetic look at the role of faith in a poor rural community” – Richard Kuipers, Variety

A heartbreaking story told with compassion, Raised From Dust sheds light on the unexplored lives of the approximately 40 million Christians in China. More info >>

Winter Vacation (Han Jia)

LI Hongqi, China, 2010, Narrative, 91 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

“No other director can touch poet-novelist Li Hongqi.” – Tony Rayns, BFI

In this acclaimed absurdist comedy, bored teenagers and disillusioned adults rage at each other and the emptiness of life in frost-bitten northern China. More info >>




DU Haibin. China, 2009. Documentary, 117 min. Mandarin and Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles.

Du Haibin’s award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and government respond to a national tragedy. Du depicts a world in chaos, both material and moral. “Without judgment but with a deep compassion for their subjects, the lmmakers of 1428 bring us a myriad of individual stories of absurdity, confusion and grief” (Cherise Fong, CNN). More info >>

Before the Flood (Yan Mo)LI Yifan and YAN Yu. China, 2005. Documentary, 147 min. Mandarin and Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles.A landmark documentary following the residents of the historic city of Fengjie as they clash with officials forcing them to evacuate their homes to make way for the world’s largest dam. Shot over two years, Before the Flood is a breathtaking achievement in verité-style documentary filmmaking. This profound film shows the human effects of one of history’s grandest social engineering projects, reflecting on the loss of both home and heritage. More info >>
Before the Flood II Before the Flood II – Gong Tan (Yan Mo II – Gong Tan)YAN Yu. China, 2008. Documentary, 60 min. Mandarin and Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles. Yan Yu follows his groundbreaking documentary Before the Flood with this profile of the residents of Gongtan, a 1700-year-old village soon to be demolished by a hydroelectric dam project. “Yan Yu’s long-term commitment to the subject matter (he has spent the last six years working on these films) shines through in this latest effort to chronicle the human cost of a project that has forced 1.4 million people to relocate” (Ling Woo Liu, Time). More info >>
Beijing Besieged by Waste (Wei Cheng La Ji)
WANG Jiuliang. China, 2011. Documentary, 72 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.“Wang Jiuliang was the first to expose the city’s little-known Seventh Ring Zone garbage dumps.” – Liu Jingsong, Time. Photographer Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing’s unholy cycle of consumption through poignant observational visits with the scavengers who live and work in the dumps. More info >>
Bitter Money (Wang Bing)
WANG Bing. China, 2017. Documentary, 152 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.“Wang has produced an absorbing treatise of forgotten lives as lived by individuals in transit. The bodies remain intact, but their spirits are broken.” – Hollywood Reporter. BITTER MONEY documents China’s rapid economic and social transformation by following the rural workers who leave their Yunnan hometown to move to the city of Huzhou, one of the busiest cities of eastern China (with the highest number of part-time workers), to labor in its textile factories. More info >>
Digital Underground in the People’s RepublicRachel TEJADA. USA, 2008. Short, 18 min. Documentary.Six documentary shorts chronicle the changing state of China’s independent, and underground, film scene. We traveled from Shanghai to Nanjing to Beijing, and kept the cameras rolling. The result is unprecedented access into China’s other film community, where writing, filming, and distribution don’t always wait for government approval. Along the way, the series features the most important filmmakers, critics, producers, curators, and underground scenesters making films, their way, in China today. More info >>
Disorder (Xianshi Shi Guoqu de Weilai)HUANG Weikai. China, 2009. Documentary, 58 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.Huang Weikai’s one-of-a-kind news documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China’s major cities today. Huang shatters and reconstructs a world that’s barely comprehensible, though one whose energy is palpable: vibrant, dangerous, and scary. The result is “one of the most mesmerizing films I’ve seen in ages” (Hua Hsu, The Atlantic). More info>>
DongJIA Zhangke. China 2008. Documentary, 70 minutes. Mandarin, Sichuan Dialect and Thai w/ English subtitles.China’s greatest living filmmaker Jia Zhangke (Platform, The World) travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong from China to Thailand as they meet everyday workers in the throes of social turmoil. Jia takes Liu’s work as a point of inspiration for his own cinematic innovation. Dong exemplifies the cinematic mastery that has earned Jia the distinction of being “the planet’s most excitingly original filmmaker” (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). More info>>
The East Wind State Farm (Guo Ying Dong Feng Nong Chang)HU Jie. China, 2009. Documentary, 101 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.Condemned “Rightists,” sentenced to 21 years of thought reform in the countryside, share harrowing first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp. The East Wind State Farm re-examines the tragic events of Chinese modern history during the height of Maoist rule.
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Fangshan Church Fangshan Church (Fangshan Jiaotang)XU Xin. China, 2005. Documentary, 80 minutes. Mandarin and Jiangsu dialect w/ English subtitles.A fascinating look into the inner workings of a Christian community in rural China, whose ways of life and worship are threatened by the world around them. With Fangshan Church, filmmaker Xu Xin (Karamay, Jury Prize, Locarno Film Festival) offers one of the most vivid portraits of Christian life in China to date. More info>>
Fortune Teller (Suan Ming)XU Tong. China 2010. Documentary, 129 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.The colorful life of a countryside fortune teller provides a candid and deeply revelatory look at people living on the fringes of Chinese society. In Fortune Teller, Xu Tong continues his work documenting China’s underclass, whose lives have gone largely unnoticed during the country’s boom years. More info>>

Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters (Gai Shan Xi He Ta De Jie Mei Men)

BAN Zhongyi. China, 2007. Documentary, 80 min. Mandarin, Japanese, Shanxi dialect w/ English subtitles.

Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters tells the story of one woman’s brutal ordeal as a “comfort woman” for the Japanese Army during World War II. Ban also collects revelatory testimonies from former Japanese soldiers stationed in Shanxi during the war, breaking a decades-long silence over a dark chapter of China’s history. Following one woman’s heroic journey, Ban Zhongyi tells a universal story of female solidarity and survival. More info >>

Ghost Town (Fei Cheng)

ZHAO Dayong. China, 2008. Documentary, 169 min. Mandarin, Nu, & Lisu w/ English subtitles.

“One of the most surprising and rewarding films I’ve seen all year!” – Dennis Lim, Moving Image Source.

Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Southwest China, the village is haunted by traces of China’s cultural past while its residents piece together a day-by-day existence. More info >>


XU Xin. China, 2010. Documentary, 356 min. Mandarin w/ English subtitles. Mandarin, Nu, & Lisu w/ English subtitles.

In 1994, the oil-rich city of Karamay in Northwest China was the site of a horrible fire that killed nearly 300 schoolchildren. The students were performing for state officials and were told to stand by while the officials exited first. After the fire, the story was heavily censored in the Chinese state media. To this day, the families of Karamay have not been allowed to publicly mourn their children. More info >>

Meishi Street (Mei Shi Jie)

OU Ning. China, 2006. Documentary, 85 min. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

Meishi Street shows ordinary citizens taking a stand against the planned destruction of their homes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Acclaimed at over two dozen museums and galleries around the world, Meishi Street, by renowned visual artist Ou Ning, works as both art and activism, calling worldwide attention to lives being demolished in the name of progress. More info >>

My Father’s House (Jiao Tang)

ZHAO Dayong and David BANDURSKI. China, 2011. Documentary, 77 minutes. English and Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

The troubled story of an underground church founded by Nigerian missionaries offers a rare glimpse inside an immigrant African community in China.

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Nostalgia (Xiang Chou)

SHU Haolun. China, 2006. Documentary, 70 min. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

Dazhongli is one of Shanghai’s oldest neighborhoods. Shu Haolun’s family has lived there for three generations, enjoying a close-knit, communal way of life with their neighbors. Now Dazhongli and its surrounding neighborhoods are in the process of being demolished to make way for gleaming skyscrapers, towering apartment complexes and luxury shopping centers. More info >>

Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China (Zhi Tong Zhi)

Cui Zi’en. China, 2008. Documentary, 60 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

China’s most prolific queer filmmaker presents a comprehensive historical account of the queer movement in modern China. Unlike any before, this film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. More info >>

San Yuan Li (San Yuan Li)

OU Ning, CAO Fei. China, 2003. Experimental Documentary, 45 min.

China’s rapid modernization literally traps the village of San Yuan Li within the surrounding skyscrapers of Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people. Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of a traditional village besieged by China’s urban sprawl. Directed by acclaimed visual artists Ou Ning and Cao Fei and commissioned by the Venice Biennale, SAN YUAN LI explores the modern paradox of China’s economic growth and social marginalization. More info >>

Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul (Xun Zhao Lin Zhao De Ling Hun)HU Jie. China, 2004. Documentary, 115 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.“Lin Zhao’s story is about modern China’s conscience and soul.” Robert Marquand, Christian Science MonitorThis landmark documentary reveals the tragic life of a gifted young woman who was executed for speaking out during the height of Chairman Mao’s rule. More info >>
Street Life (Nanjing Lu)ZHAO Dayong. China, 2006. Documentary, 98 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.Street Life explores the hidden lives of homeless migrants who survive in the shadows of one of Shanghai’s most historic and affluent streets. The result is a raw, vivid portrait of physical and psychological rootlessness. Street Life reflects the way of life for thousands of forgotten people in one of the world’s largest cities. More info >>
Struggle (Zheng Zha)SHU Haolun. China, 2001. Documentary, 50 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.This powerful documentary explores the cruel realities of sweatshop labor and workplace injury in China, and one lawyer’s mission to defend worker’s rights. Shenzhen, one of China’s most prosperous cities, attracts thousands of migrant workers every year. These workers come with dreams of opportunity and success, but many find themselves in dangerous working conditions with no regulations to protect them. More info >>

Super, Girls! (Chao Ji Nu Sheng)

JIAN Yi. China, 2007. Documentary, 73 min. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

“As entertaining as it is revelatory” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Super, Girls! follows ten teenagers on their quest to become superstars on China’s biggest tv show. Through candid interviews and footage of nail-biting auditions, Super, Girls! offers a fascinating look inside what the Chinese media have dubbed “the Lost Generation.” More info >>

Tape Tape (Jiao Dai)LI Ning. China, 2010. Documentary, 168 min. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.For five grueling years, Li Ning documents his struggle to achieve success as an avant-garde artist while contending with the pressures of modern life in China. He is caught between two families: his wife, son and mother, whom he can barely support; and his enthusiastic but disorganized guerilla dance troupe. Tape shatters documentary conventions, utilizing a variety of approaches, including guerilla documentary, experimental street video, even CGI. More info>>
Tape Though I Am Gone (Wo Sui Si Qu)Hu Jie. China, 2007. Documentary, 68 minutes.Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revolution. In 1966, the Cultural Revolution exploded throughout China, as Mao’s Red Guards persecuted suspected Rightists. Bian Zhongyun, the vice principal of a prestigious school in Beijing, was beaten to death by her own students, becoming one of the first victims of the revolutionary violence that would engulf the entire nation.. More info>>
Timber Gang Timber Gang (aka Last Lumberjacks) (Mu Bang)YU Guangyi. China, 2006, Documentary, 90 minutes. Northeastern Chinese dialect w/ English subtitles. “Pure, unadorned cinema verite… consistently astonishing.” —Robert Koehler, Variety. Yu Guangyi’s stunning debut explores a grueling winter amongst loggers in Northeast China as they employ traditional practices through one last, fateful expedition. A lasting testament to disappearing traditions, Timber Gang “is a fascinating glimpse at a rare way of life that few will ever witness” (Ain’t It Cool News). More info>>
Timber Gang Torch Troupes (Huo Ba Ju Tuan)XU Xin. China, 2006. Documentary, 110 minutes. Mandarin and Sichuan dialect w/ English subtitles.After thriving for 300 years, Sichuan Opera is an endangered art form. Having survived the Cultural Revolution, state-sponsored opera troupes now face extinction in the era of private enterprise. Opera master Li Baoting began his career at eight, but now performs pop songs with showgirls in cheap bars. His colleague Wang Bin performs in traveling tents, trying to resist the massive cultural changes threatening to wipe out this artform. More info>>
The Transition Period

The Transition Period (Shu Ji)

ZHOU Hao. China, 2008. Documentary, 105 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

“A rare, fascinating look at how the Chinese government operates.” – Associated Press.

Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level. More info >>


Using (Long Ge)

ZHOU Hao. China, 2008. Documentary, 105 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

A twisted relationship develops between an urban Chinese couple struggling with heroin and a filmmaker chronicling their addiction, in this provocative documentary on drug abuse, filmmaking and friendship. Zhou’s unflinching depiction of his friends’ repeated attempts to quit blurs the line between filmmaker and subject, and raises provocative questions about the ways in which each uses the other. More info >>

We are the … of Communism (Wo Men Shi Gong Chan Zhu Yi Sheng Lue Hao)CUI Zi’en. China, 2007. Documentary, 94 minutes. Mandarin w/ English subtitles.The mysterious closing of a Beijing school sends hundreds of migrant children on a desperate struggle to reclaim their right to an education. Following the personal journeys of students as they battle bureaucratic corruption for their right to learn, Cui exposes a crisis of social values in the wake of China’s economic reforms. More info >>