Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Festival – Full Lineup

Mouthpiece (dir. Guo Xizhi)

Chinese Documentary Festival 2010
June 6-July 4, 2010

This year, the Chinese Documentary Festival presents thirteen films of high quality and with various themes. The topics include: environmental protection, gender issues, the sex life of the elderly, a portrait of a TV station, the life of a private detective and the history of Chinese theatres in San Francisco. These remarkable films reflect the ever-changing conditions of the Chinese diaspora.

All screenings will be held at the agnes b. Cinema at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Visit the HKAC website for details.

Program listing follows.

Shorts


Dream on the Wall + Heavy Metal
Date & Time: 20/06 4:30pm; 26/06 2:30pm

Dream on the Wall
China /2010 /Col /54mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Huang Mingming, Gao Luli
The world’s longest crane migration route is in east China, where most of crane species live, and it is currently threatened by increasing development and habitat loss. Xianghai is on the migration route.To raise people’s awareness of protecting their environment, Xianghai School’s art teacher and her students plan to draw a mural on town street wall. Firstly, the students interview the government officials and local people. The children walk into the government office with hope, but…

Heavy Metal
China /2009 /Col /50mins
In Mandarin & Gansu Dialect with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Jin Huaqing
For more than twenty years ago, electronic waste from Japan, USA, Australia and other countries has been transported to a small town called Fengjiang. Around 50,000 migrant workers from poverty-stricken parts of mid-west China formed an e-waste dismantling army. They dismantle and recycle nearly two million tons of e-waste each year with the most primitive methods. The film tells of the family of workers Zhang and of Qiu-xia’s story of survival.

Private Detective + No Tears in Three Gorges
Date & Time: 20, 28/06 7:30pm

Private Detective
China /2009 /Col /47mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Pan Zhiqi
Private detectives agencies sprang in many cities of China in the early 90s. Their main business is investigation of extra-marital affairs. Due to China’s national security law, which has strict control to the right of investigation, the profession is controversial. Lao Fang, a veteran detective, roams the cities to investigate affairs and look for proof, all on the edge of law.

No Tears in Three Gorges
China /2010 /Col /53mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Chen Fu, Shen Shiping
The huge amount of waste on the Yangtze River has created a lot of problems for the shipping industry, and severely damaged the water quality of the river. In 2003, fisherman Liu Gu Jun took the initiative and started a local cleaning team in the reservoir area, and has successfully removed more than 12,000 tons of waste. Liu has since become a household name, but despite the publicity, the cleaning team is shrinking in size due to funding shortage. Of the original 100 or so team members, only four to five remain today.

The Children in the Depths
China /2009 /Col /26mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Ma Fangfang
Date & Time: 27/06 4:30pm; 04/07 7:30pm
The film depicts the children’s life in the Protection Center for Street Children. Instead of probing into the characters or trying to develop a story, the film involves fragmented scenes showing the uncertain fate of the children. By focusing on three children’ lives and their outlook, the film tries to show the pain and struggle of street children. Screening with Farewell, Beijing.

Bloody Words + A Moment in Time
Date & Time: 27/06, 02/07 7:30pm

Bloody Words
China /2009 /Col /26mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Ma Fangfang
Date & Time: 27/06 4:30pm; 04/07 7:30pm
The film depicts the children’s life in the Protection Center for Street Children. Instead of probing into the characters or trying to develop a story, the film involves fragmented scenes showing the uncertain fate of the children. By focusing on three children’ lives and their outlook, the film tries to show the pain and struggle of street children.Screening with Farewell, Beijing.

Bloody Words + A Moment in Time
Date & Time: 27/06, 02/07 7:30pm
Taiwan /2009 /B&W & Col /43mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Chiang Ying-ching
Presenting shared personal stories of menstruation from the director’s friends and relatives, and also her own experiences, Chiang points out how education and society’s impact on the way women treat and deal with their
menstrual period and bodies. In this process of self-analysis, they discover the internal strength and self-respect.

A Moment in Time
USA /2009 /Col & B&W /55mins
In Mandarin & English with Chinese Subtitles
Dir: Ruby Yang
A Moment in Time, a documentary about the experience of the Chinese in America through the films they loved – from Cantonese Opera to Westerns. It harkens back to a time when six movie theaters in San Francisco’s Chinatown crystallised the memories, the beliefs, the sorrows and aspirations of Chinese immigrant families.
Features

Mouthpiece
China /2009 /Col /197mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Guo Xizhi
Date & Time: 19/06 3pm; 26/06 7pm

The documentary unfolds in two parallel spaces: one is, the Shenzhen TV news programme First Spot. In the TV station, the “mouthpiece” members carry out their work routines – they hold meetings, send articles, are worried about viewing rates and market shares. On the other side, in the city of Shenzhen, the “mouthpiece” folk go to the streets, and the city presents itself in all kinds of forms – all sorts of people displays their misfortunes to the camera.

Buried
China /2009 /B&W & Col /108mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Wang Libo
Date & Time: 19/06 7:30pm; 27/06 2pm
Buried, in a calm and objective tone, presents the history of the Great Tangshan Earthquake. It explores the unknown truth of a historical tragedy. The film interviews experts about the Tangshan Earthquake and recounts the concealment of information by the government of the event. The way the government officials refused to disclose earthquake forecasts to the public was repeated during the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008.

Mr. Jia and His Friends
China /2009 /Col /113mins
In Mandarin, Shandong Dialect with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Zi Han
Date & Time: 24/06, 01/07 7:30pm
In Jinan, Shandong, a group of hopeful elderly people meet regularly at a match-making agency. Mr. Jia, a widower, worked for a state-owned company before he retired. His wife passed away eight years ago. He has frequented the agency for the last three years with the hope of finding a beautiful woman in her forties. Even though he is eighty-four, he tells everyone Gan Ma is a seventy-seven years old widow. She is very popular at the dating agency. The agency brings new hope to the elderly. However, the reality might not turn out to be what they hope for.

Farewell, Beijing
China /2010 /Col /73mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Zhang Tianhui
Date & Time: 27/06 4:30pm; 04/07 7:30pm
Gong Fenghai was an educated urban youth (Zhi Qing) from Beijing. Answering the call from the government, he went to the rural area of Yanan during the Cultural Revolution. After living there for forty years, he hopes to move back to Beijing after retirement. Before Chinese New Year, he takes the train to Beijing in the hope of visiting his relative in the capital. How will the faraway hometown welcome its son… Screening with The Children in the Depths.

Fortune Teller
China /2010 /Col /183mins
In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Xu Tong
Date & Time: 29/06 7pm; 04/07 2pm
Li Baicheng met Pearl Shi when he was in his forties. They live in the countryside in northern China, where Li makes a living out of fortune telling. His clients are prostitutes who have many worries and expectations.
Faced with the bitter cold of winter and a campaign against prostitution, the couple returns to their hometown, Qinglong. Spring is coming; they take to the road once more and travel to a fair where they wait for their luck to turn.

Let It Be
Macua /2010 / Col /84mins
In Cantonese with Chinese & English Subtitles
Dir: Ho Wing Yin, Hong Ieng Hou
Date & Time: 30/06 7:30pm; 01/07 4:30pm
The film depicts the changing society of Macao and the life of the local women. Overshadowed by the grandiose casinos are small streets and back alleys where indigenous people are incessantly striving for their identities and maintaining their lifestyles and values. The film is a montage of scenes from the lives of ten local females aged ten to ninety. The stories they share provided a chance for viewers to have a glimpse of the general condition of the women and discover Macao from a different perspective.
Programme information provided by: Visible Record

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3 Responses to “Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Festival – Full Lineup”

  1. Li Ren says:

    hi, I am a media researcher currently based in London. I have interests in Mr. Guo Xizhi’s documentary Mouthpiece. I wonder if it is possible to get a copy of his product and how.

    Many thanks.

  2. Brent says:

    Hi Li Ren. Would you email your request to us through our contact form? Happy to address ways to track it down.

  3. Ferran says:

    Hello, I would really appreciate if someone could send me the list of the bands playing at “Heavy metal” soundtrack. Thank you very much

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