Disorder (Xianshi Shi Guoqu de Weilai)

HUANG Weikai, China (2009) Documentary, 58 minutes

Mandarin w/ English subtitles

“One of the most mesmerizing films I’ve seen in ages.” Hua Hsu, The Atlantic

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. As urbanization in China advances at a breakneck pace, Chinese cities teeter on the brink of mayhem. One man dances in the middle of traffic while another attempts to jump from a bridge before dozens of onlookers. Pigs run wild on a highway while dignitaries swim in a polluted river. Unshowable on China’s heavily controlled television networks, Disorder reveals an emerging underground media, one that has the potential to truly capture the ground-level upheaval of Chinese society.

Huang Weikai collects footage from a dozen amateur videographers and weaves them into a unique symphony of urban social dysfunction. Huang shatters and reconstructs a world that’s barely comprehensible, though with palpable energy” vibrant, dangerous, and terrifying. Several [films] have caught the chaos of rapidly industrialized China, but none is as raw or terrifying as this.” Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto

Director’s Bio:
Huang Weikai


Select Film Festivals:


  • Cinma du Reel, France Young Jury Special Mention Award
  • Krakow Film Festival, Poland
  • International Leipzig Festival for
    Documentary and Animated Film, Germany Official Selection
  • Pusan International Film Festival, Korea
  • Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, China Jury Special Mention Award
  • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan Official Selection


  • Asian Network of Documentary Fund Project (13th PIFF)

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