Posts Tagged ‘Subject: Anthropology’

Ghost Town (Fei Cheng)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

ZHAO Dayong. China, 2008. Documentary, 169 minutes.
Mandarin, Nu and Lisu w/ English subtitles.

GhostTown A miniature epic of the everyday” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Compelling… You won’t be able to shut it off” – Jim Hoberman, Village Voice

A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence.

Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Yunnan Province, Lisu and Nu minority villagers squat in the abandoned halls of this remote former Community county seat. Divided into three parts, this epic documentary takes an intimate look at its varied cast of characters, bringing audiences face to face with people left behind by China’s new economy. A father-son duo of elderly preachers argue over the future of their village church. Two young lovers face a break-up over harsh financial realities. A twelve year-old boy, abandoned by his family, scavenges the hillside to feed himself.

“Directed with scrupulous attention to detail by Zhao Dayong” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times), GHOST TOWN is “one of the most important films to have emerged from the booming (but still underexplored) field of Chinese independent documentaries” (Dennis Lim, Moving Image Source). GHOST TOWN “has a strong sense of historical consciousness, an eye for unique material, and a real sympathy for the people in the film and their tough lives” (Chris Berry, Goldsmiths University). “I do not expect to soon find scenes to match GHOST TOWN’s mountaintop funeral, the running along after a rowdy exorcism, or the scanning of faces at the town Christmas chorale. His back to prosperity, Dayong finds hallowed ground” (Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice).

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Director’s Bio: ZHAO Dayong

Film Website: Ghost Town – Lantern Films

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Using (Long Ge)

Friday, August 7th, 2009

ZHOU Hao. China, 2008. Documentary, 105 minutes.
Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

Using An unusual relationship develops between an urban Chinese couple struggling with heroin and a filmmaker chronicling their addiction, in this provocative documentary on drug abuse, filmmaking and friendship.

For three years, filmmaker Zhou Hao chronicled the lives of Long and Jun, a couple struggling with heroin addiction in Guangzhou. Zhou captures Chinese junkie subculture, its members languishing in a slum flophouse, the equivalent of a modern day opium den. When Long is hospitalized after a failed robbery, Zhou speaks out from behind the camera to intervene. Still, Long and Jun persist, soon dealing drugs full-time to make ends meet. As the couple increasingly offers lies for answers, Zhou must confront his ethical responsibilities to them, as a friend and a documentarian.

USING probes a dark, cruel reality of contemporary Chinese society that has rarely been seen by any audience. Addicts disclose techniques for dealing with police, confronting sham suppliers and staying high throughout the day. Zhou’s unflinching depiction of his friends’ repeated attempts to quit blurs the line between filmmaker and subject, and raises provocative questions about the ways in which each uses the other.

Director’s Bio:
Zhou Hao

Select Film Festivals:

• 2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
• 2008 Hong Kong Film Festival
• 2008 The 5th China Independent Film Festival
• 2008 Taiwan International Documentary Festival

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Meishi Street (Mei Shi Jie)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

OU Ning. China, 2006. Feature, 85 min. Documentary.

Meishi Street MEISHI STREET shows ordinary citizens taking a stand against the planned destruction of their homes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In order to widen traffic routes for the Olympic Games, the Beijing Municipal Government orders the demolition of entire neighborhoods. Several evictees of Meishi Street, located next to Tiananmen Square, fight through endless red tape and the indifference of fellow citizens for the right to keep their homes. Given video cameras by the filmmakers, they shoot exclusive footage of the eviction process, adding vivid intimacy to their story.

Acclaimed at over two dozen museums and galleries around the world, MEISHI STREET, by renowned visual artist Ou Ning, works as both art and activism, calling worldwide attention to lives being demolished in the name of progress.

Director’s Bio:
Ou Ning

Select Film Festivals:

Museum of Modern Art Documentary Fortnight
Istanbul Biennial

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Er Dong

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

YANG Jin, China (2008) Narrative, 151 minutes

Shanxi Dialect w/ English subtitles

Er Dong A rebellious teenager endures boarding school expulsion, family pressures and the harsh realities of rural life in northern China, until an uncovered secret from his past changes his life forever. Er Dong lives alone with his devout Christian mother in a small village. Frustrated with his bad behavior, his mother takes him to a Christian school with the hope that he will find God as well as a new direction in life. Instead, he finds a girlfriend, Chang’e, and their misconduct leads to their expulsion. Together they must face up to the harsh realities of work, parenthood and adult life in the tough economic reality of contemporary China. Recurring nightmares that plague Er Dong lead him to a shocking revelation of his own past.

Yang Jin’s second feature is a detail-rich, documentary-style portrait that builds with clear-eyed assurance through the life of a seemingly unheroic and unremarkable country boy. It’s not until the film looks backwards that one gains the full scope of Er Dong’s strangely epic journey. Quietly moving and full of authentic insight into the prospects for youth in rural China, ER DONG announces the arrival of a major new talent in filmmaker Yang Jin.

Director’s Bio:

Yang Jin

Select Film Festivals:

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival – Hubert Bals Recipient
  • Pusan International Film Festival – New Currents Award
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival

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Super, Girls! (Chao Ji Nu Sheng)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

JIAN Yi. China, 2007. Documentary, 73 min.
Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

super_girls-thumb “As entertaining as it is revelatory” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety

SUPER, GIRLS! follows ten female teenagers on their quest to become instant superstars on China’s biggest television show.

The Chinese equivalent of “American Idol,” the “Super Girls Singing Contest” spawned an unprecedented pop culture phenomenon. Drawing over 400 million viewers, the show’s runaway popularity spurred the Chinese government to ban it after only two seasons.

The film provides unparalleled, intimate access into the contestants’ lives over several months. Through candid interviews and footage of nail-biting auditions and competitions, SUPER, GIRLS! offers a fascinating look inside what the Chinese media have dubbed “the Lost Generation” and their startling takes on sexuality and success in the new China.

Director’s Bio:
Jian Yi

Reviews:

Variety

Select Film Festivals:

Cambridge Film Festival
Minneapolis Film Festival

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San Yuan Li (San Yuan Li)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

OU Ning, CAO Fei. China, 2003. Experimental Documentary, 45 min.

San Yuan Li Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China’s urban sprawl.

China’s rapid modernization literally traps the village of San Yuan Li within the surrounding skyscrapers of Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people. The villagers move to a different rhythm, thriving on subsistence farming and traditional crafts. They resourcefully reinvent their traditional lifestyle by tending rice paddies on empty city lots and raising chickens on makeshift rooftop coops.

Directed by acclaimed visual artists Ou Ning and Cao Fei and commissioned by the Venice Biennale, SAN YUAN LI explores the modern paradox of China’s economic growth and social marginalization.

Director Bios:
Ou Ning, Cao Fei

Select Film Festivals:

Venice Biennale
Taiwan International Documentary Festival

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Raised From Dust (Ju Zi Chen Tu)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

GAN Xiao Er, China (2006) Narrative, 102 minutes

Henan dialect w/ English subtitles

Raised From Dust “A gentle, sympathetic look at the role of faith in a poor rural community” – Richard Kuipers, Variety

A heartbreaking story told with compassion, RAISED FROM DUST sheds light on the unexplored lives of the approximately 40 million Christians in China.

Xiao-Li (Hu Shuli) is a devoted housewife and an active member of her local Catholic church in the Henan farmlands of southern China. Her faith is put to the test as her husband (Zhang Xianmin) is hospitalized with respiratory illness due to unsafe working conditions, leaving his life clinging to an oxygen machine. Forced to work simple jobs to pay for her husband’s hospital care, Xiao-Li takes her young daughter (Lu Shengyue) out of school, unable to pay for tuition. She finds support only from fellow members of her congregation. But will her faith and devotion be enough to save her family?

Filmed with a beautiful eye for both vast rural landscapes and human intimacy, RAISED FROM DUST explores the lives of those rarely seen in modern-day China, and announces Gan Xiao’Er as a new major talent in world cinema.

Director’s Bio:

Gan Xiao Er

Reviews:

Variety
Asia Sentinel

Film Festivals:

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Pusan International Film Festival

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Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China (Zhi Tong Zhi)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Cui Zi’en. China, 2008. Documentary, 60 minutes.
Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

Queer China China’s most prolific homosexual filmmaker presents a comprehensive historical account of the queer movement in modern China. QUEER CHINA, ‘COMRADE’ CHINA documents the changes and developments in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender culture that have taken place in China over the last 80 years. Unlike any before, this film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film examines how shifting attitudes in law, media and education have transformed queer culture from being an unspeakable taboo to an accepted social identity. The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe’s Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress in 2003, a major landmark event in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China.

Directed by Cui Zi’en, China’s leading queer theorist, activist and scholar, the documentary includes rarely seen footage of the first ever appearance of gays and lesbians on State television, including Cui Zi’en himself. The film features exclusive interviews with over three dozen leading queer activists, scholars and filmmakers, including Shi Tou, Li Yinhe and Zhang Yuan. The opening night film of 2009′s ShanghaiPRIDE, China’s first ever LGBT pride festival, QUEER CHINA, ‘COMRADE’ CHINA is nothing less than the most authoritative account of queer cultural history in China to date.

Director’s Bio:
Cui Zi’en

Select Film Festivals:

• Official Selection, Pusan International Film Festival
• Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
• Best Documentary, 24th Turino GLBT Film Festival
• Best Documentary, Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
• Opening Night Film, Shanghai PRIDE
• Official Selection, Beijing Queer Film Festival
• Official Selection, Pink Screens Film Festival, Brussels
• Official Selection, Calgary GlobalFest FilmFest
• Official Selection, Kosmorama Trondheim Film Festival
• Official Selection, CinemAsia Film Festival

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