Posts Tagged ‘sichuan earthquake’

1428 Reviewed – Meet Director Du Haibin at Stanford, San Francisco and NYC This Week!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

1428 (dir. Du Haibin)

France Pepper gives Du Haibin’s 1428 a strong review for the Asian Educational Media Service:

Du’s down-to-earth lens leaves you practically feeling the dust of the earthquake in your lungs. He portrays the reality of daily life as early as ten days after the earthquake where people are salvaging pieces of metal with their bare hands from collapsed buildings and selling them to buy food….

This documentary is especially informative when studying contemporary Chinese society. We see, for example, how the government still plays a major role in shaping public attitude towards the communist party. At the same time, it takes a close-up look at the lives of ordinary people. This two-tiered perspective is emblematic of how many aspects of Chinese society play out in reality, not just during the aftermath of an earthquake, but in everyday life.

1428 continues its three week tour of the US, with director Du Haibin appearing at select locations. Special thanks to New York University and Reel China for sponsoring Du’s visit.

Here is this week’s schedule:

Stanford University, California
Pigott Hall
Main Quad, Building 260, Room 113
Director Du Haibin to attend

SF Asia Society
Chinatown YMCA
855 Sacramento St.
San Francisco CA 94108
(415) 576-9622

Cinema Studies Screening Room
721 Broadway, 6th floor
New York University, New York
Director Du Haibin to attend

This screening opens “Reel China, 5th Documentary Biennial at NYU”
Fri-Sunday: Oct 15-18
NYU Center for Religion and Media/Cinema Studies

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave
Ground Fl., New York, NY 10027
(212) 582-6050
Co-sponsored by Weatherhead East Asian Institute:

*screening Umbrella*
Union Docs
322 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 395-7902
Master Class/Workshop led by Kevin Lee to follow
Director Du Haibin to attend

The tour continues next week at Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. See the full tour schedule:

Controversial Earthquake Documentary Now on YouTube

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Buried (dir. Wang Libo)

Wang Libo’s film Buried was one of the prizewinners of the 2009 Beijing Documentary Film Festival. This probing documentary was made in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake that shook Sichuan province (an event covered in detail by Du Haibin’s 1428, playing next month at the Los Angeles Film Festival). The film is now available in its entirety on YouTube; it’s embedded in its entirety on our site, following the break.

Instead of focusing directly at the Sichuan earthquake, Wang’s film looks back at controversies surrounding the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake that killed over 200,000 people. Using a range of expert testimonies, Wang builds a provocative argument that Chinese officials had significant information forewarning of an imminent earthquake, but did not take sufficient action to help prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. The implications of the film’s conclusions bear heavily on the Chinese government’s handling of both the Tangshan and the Sichuan earthquake. Buried leaves disturbing questions about the power and responsibility of government in disaster management.

Director’s Statement:

The 1976 Tangshan Earthquake left a lot of open questions. Before the earthquake, seismological personnel in Tangshan and quake experts in Beijing had already warned of an imminent quake. But in the end, more than 240,000 people had to pay with their lives, causing a shocking tragedy of massive proportions. Why did this happen? In the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake about 100,000 people were killed. Faced with terrible quakes, the human race repeats tragedy time and time again. It is terrible that people can only offer money and bland tears after the disaster – when better preparation could have saved lives. A nation has to courageously face its own weakness to remain hopeful.

– Wang Libo

Click through to watch the entire film, embedded on YouTube:


Award-winning Earthquake Documentary 1428 to screen at Los Angeles Film Festival

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

1428 (dir. Du Haibin)

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 17-27, 2010) has announced its lineup, and we’re happy to see that Du Haibin’s prize-winning documentary 1428 will be screening as part of the Festival’s International Showcase.

The festival’s program page has this to say about 1428: “Filmmaker Du Haibin artfully hones in on the aftermath of the great Sichuan earthquake of 2008, capturing the intimate reactions of the survivors and the government’s response, both ten days after the tragedy and seven months later.”

The film will screen at the following dates and venues (to be confirmed; check the Festival website closer to the dates of the Festival).

  • Sun. Jun 20, 1:45pm, Regal Cinemas #13
  • Mon. Jun 21, 8:00pm, Regal Cinemas #13

Tickets will go on sale June 1 at the Festival website.

Find out more about 1428.

“Fascinating, beautifully crafted” 1428 Reviewed in Variety

Monday, April 5th, 2010

1428 (dir. Du Haibin)

Du Haibin‘s documentary 1428 received an enthusiastic review in Variety. Reviewer Ronnie Scheib writes:

The title of Du Haibin’s striking documentary refers to the exact time (14:28) on May 12, 2008, when a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked China’s Sichuan province. Pic proceeds with virtually no exposition, except for the words supplied by survivors as they scramble to build a makeshift existence on the ruins. Visiting a devastated village 10 days and then 210 days after the quake, Du depicts, with immediacy and casual artistry, a wide range of human reactions to the natural and political aftershocks. Fascinating, beautifully crafted Venice prizewinner fully warrants an arthouse run.

Full review can be accessed at Variety.

More details about the film here.

Venice Prizewinning 1428 to screen at MoMA

Monday, February 15th, 2010

dGenerate Films is proud to present a special US screening of
Du Haibin’s 1428 at the Documentary Fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art.

1428, directed by Du Haibin, won last year’s Best Documentary Award at the Venice International Film Festival. A stunning exploration of the 8.0 earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province in 2008, causing 70,000 deaths and 375,000 casualties, the film has an eerie resonance to the recent tragedy in Haiti.



MONDAY, MARCH 1, 4:30 pm

Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 St
New York, NY 10019

Click through for more information.


Sixty Years of Unsanctioned Memories in the People’s Republic

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

At the 60th anniversary of the founding of the P.R.C., published a list of fifteen key independent documentaries as their tribute to the celebration. Entitled “Sixty Years of Unsanctioned Memories in the People’s Republic,” these digital video films present vivid pictures of Chinese life, society and landscape rarely seen in government-approved news or the overwhelming reports about China in mainstream western media. They present and reflect on modern Chinese history from the perspective of common citizens and marginalized social groups. German-Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt distinguishes private and public realms as “the distinction between things that should be hidden and things that should be shown.” These independent works try to break the line and present the hidden, “private” scenes and stories to the public. The list also links to the synopses of the films, some with English translations.