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Far from Beijing: The State of Independent Chinese Cinema
REDCAT will screen two new documentaries that attest to the growing decentralization of Chinese independent film to the farther reaches of the country.
“Cha Fang challenges the bounds of documentation and critique, revealing how these can be one and the same in the hands of a skilled political artist.” —Senses of Cinema
Two startling new documentaries attest to the growing decentralization of Chinese independent film to the farther reaches of the country. In Cha Fang (The Questioning, 2013, digital video, 21 min.), producer, festival programmer and distributor Zhu Rikun expands the seminal role he has played in independent cinema by turning filmmaker; his camera records an absurd hotel room confrontation with police during a visit with human rights activists in southeastern Jiangxi Province. In Yumen (2013, 16mm transferred to HD, 65 min.), J.P. Sniadecki of the Sensory Ethnography Lab teams with artist-filmmakers Xu Ruotao and Huang Xiang for an uncanny expressionist portrait of a largely abandoned oil-drilling town in the highlands of northwestern Gansu Province. The directors describe the work as “a fragmented tale of hungry souls and restless youth, bringing together narrative gesture, performance art and socialist realism into a crude and radiant collage.”
In person: J.P. Sniadecki
Organized in collaboration with Los Angeles Filmforum.
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
Date/Time G M/ST CA
8:30 pm $10 $8 $5
G - General Audience
M - REDCAT Members
ST - Students
CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff
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