<i>Shang fang (Petition).</i> 2009. China. Directed by Zhao Liang
  • Petition (two-hour version)

    2009. China. Zhao Liang. 124 min.

Friday, May 31, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Petition (two-hour version)

    2009. China. Directed by Zhao Liang. Filmed over the course of 12 years, Zhao Liang’s landmark documentary explores the world of petitioners who travel to Beijing to seek justice back in their hometowns. Zhao uses secret cameras to capture a bureaucracy that leaves people waiting for years for their cases to be heard. The film takes a startling self-reflexive turn when Zhao becomes entangled in a heartbreaking tragedy that unfolds between a petitioner and her daughter. This is a stirring achievement in both journalistic dedication and documentary ethics. This succinct two-hour version of Petition, edited for international festivals and television, offers a dramatically condensed version of Zhao’s five-hour investigation, revealing how the observational aesthetic is reconfigured for general audiences. Courtesy of Cinema Guild. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 124 min.

In the Film exhibition Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions

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