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Capturing “Glocal China”- Documentary Screening I

March 12, 2009 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Video, 93 minutes, color, in Mandarin. English and Chinese subtitles. 2007

Divided into five segments, the film revisits the core groups that characterized China’s pre-reform society--workers, merchants, students, soldiers and peasants--to examine their status today, as the notion of wealth undergoes a reformulation and the time-honored farming culture is nearly disposed of in the name of modernization. Opening on an umbrella factory and using these utilitarian devices as a running theme throughout, Haibin offers an intensely personal close-up of his subjects and their struggles, observing their daily outines, their moments of weakness, their camaraderie and their isolation.


Umbrella premiered at the 64th Venice International Film Festival as part of the Horizons Documentary program, and it garnered honorable mention at the 30th Cinéma du Réel Film Festival.