Street Level Visions: Chinese Independent Docs at the Melbourne International Film Festival

“Though I Am Gone” (dir. HU Jie)

We’re proud to announce that “Street Level Visions,” a program of independent Chinese documentaries curated by Dan Edwards, will be screening next month as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The program is a small retrospective of independent works produced in China over the past decade, many of which are distributed by dGenerate. The selection includes key landmarks of Chinese documentary such as Zhao Liang’s Petition (2009) and Hu Jie’s Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul, as well as new and important fare such as Wang Jiuliang’s debut from last year, Beijing Besieged by Waste.

Directors Ou Ning and Wang Jiuliang will be in Melbourne as guests of the festival.

Full program after the break – all screenings at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on Federation Square unless otherwise indicated:


Meishi Street (2006)
Dir Ou Ning
Sat 11 Aug 6.30pm
Mon 13 Aug 6.30pm (screening at Kino)
Ou Ning will be a guest of this year’s festival.

Beijing Besieged by Waste (2011)
Dir Wang Jiuliang
Fri 10 Aug 9pm
Sun 12 Aug 6.30pm
Wang Jiuliang will be a guest of this year’s festival.

Crime and Punishment
Dir Zhao Liang
Fri 3 Aug 9pm (Screening at Greater Union, Russell Street)
Fri 17 Aug 9pm

Petition (2009)
Dir Zhao Liang
Sun 5 Aug 9pm

Though I Am Gone (2007)
Dir Hu Jie
Sun 12 August 9.15pm

Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul (2004)
Dir Hu Jie
Mon 6 Aug 11am
Fri 17 Aug 6.30pm

The Transition Period (2009)
Dir Zhou Hao
Sat 11 Aug 4pm

See here for a map of all MIFF venues, which are handily scattered across a relatively small area in Melbourne’s CBD.

To see details of all the films, and to book tickets, visit the MIFF site.

There will also be a FREE PANEL featuring guest filmmakers Ou Ning and Wang Jiuliang, chaired by myself, in the festival bar in the Forum Theatre (directly opposite ACMI across Flinders Street) on Tuesday, 14 August from 5.30-6.15pm. This will be a chance to not only hear Ou and Wang talk about their work, but to also ask them questions.

We give our heartiest thanks to Dan Edwards for organizing and curating the program, as well as MIFF Artistic Director Michelle Carey for overseeing the program and for bringing these films and filmmakers to Australian audiences.

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