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Chinese Directors Win at HK Documentary Fest, Say They Enjoy Freedom

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

By Kevin Lee

Zhou Hao presents his film "The Transition Period" at the China Documentary Festival in Hong Kong (photo: Associated Press)

The 2011 Chinese Documentary Festival in Hong Kong concluded earlier this month with awards given to The Transition Period by Zhou Hao and One Day in May by Ma Zhandong. The Transition Period will be distributed later this year by dGenerate, which already distributes one of Zhou’s earlier films, Using.

In a report on the festival for the Associated Press, Min Lee describes The Transition Period as “a rare, fascinating look at how the Chinese government operates:”

Guo Yongchang, who is currently serving a seven-year prison term for accepting bribes of 2 million Chinese yuan ($310,000), is shown discussing how to split tax revenue with lower-level officials, meeting with constituents as well as smearing birthday cake onto the face of an American businessman and wining and dining with Taiwanese businessmen in another drunken episode. A secretly recorded sound section shows Guo ordering an aide to return certain bribes.

Zhou said he met Guo at a dinner and the former official quickly agreed to be filmed. He said he got full access – although avoided shooting Guo’s family life. Guo has seen the documentary – minus the secretly taped section – and didn’t object, Zhou said.

When asked if he worried if such a film could cause trouble for him with the authorities, Zhou responded: “my understanding is that you can basically film everything you want to film. The key question is whether you want to shoot something. If you want to shoot something, you can definitely do it.”


Radio Profile of Zhao Liang’s Together, Playing at Hong Kong Film Festival

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Together (dir. Zhao Liang)

Chinese Radio International broadcast a segment profiling Zhao Liang’s new documentary Together. The film will screen at the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival. You can listen to the program here.

Together is a behind-the-scenes documentary of Chinese director Gu Changwei’s upcoming feature film A Tale of Magic (formerly known as Life is a Miracle), which alludes to the discrimination faced by HIV/AIDS patients in China. Zhao documented the interactions of the cast and crew as they came face-to-face with the disease during the production.

Film critic and blogger Dan Edwards discusses the film in the radio program:

“When you talk about HIV in China, it’s very easy to remain at an abstract level and not relate to what this means for individual people on a daily level… but hearing some of these stories about the gross discrimination and isolation that a lot of HIV sufferers face in China would have been quite a revelation.”

Edwards has written extensively and interviewed Zhao about the film. You can read more from him on his blog Screening China.

Watch Zhao Liang answer questions at the international premiere of Together at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Zhao Liang’s acclaimed feature Crime and Punishment is available in the dGenerate catalog.

“Everybody Should Be Watching” – South China Morning Post Profile on dGenerate

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
By Isabella Tianzi Cai

Oxhide 2 (dir. Liu Jiayin)

“Film distribution is more often driven by profit than a love of movies, but that’s not true of Karin Chien’s dGenerate Films.” The South China Morning Post profiles dGenerate in a March 6, 2011 article, which can be viewed here as a .pdf.

Reporter Richard James Havis distinguishes dGenerate from most other film distributors. At dGenerate, as Havis explains, dGenerate only picks films that they believe “everyone will benefit from seeing.”

More after the break.


Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Festival – Full Lineup

Friday, June 11th, 2010

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.