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<i>Beijing de feng hen da (There's a Strong Wind in Beijing)</i>. 1999. China. Directed by Ju Anqi
  • There's a Strong Wind in Beijing

    1999. China. Ju Anqi. 50 min.

  • Railroad of Hope

    2002. China. Ning Ying. 56 min.

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

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



  • There's a Strong Wind in Beijing

    1999. China. Directed by Ju Anqi. A gonzo camera crew roams the streets of China’s capital, asking random passersby, “Is the wind strong in Beijing?” This ambiguous question provokes a startling variety of responses that expose social and cultural anxieties within contemporary China. The film implicitly poses a larger question about the role of intrusiveness and spontaneity in both documentary filmmaking and everyday social interactions. Courtesy of Ju Anqi. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 50 min.

  • Railroad of Hope

    2002. China. Directed by Ning Ying. Years before the hit 2009 documentary Last Train Home depicted the plight of China’s migrant population, Ning Ying joined a trainload of agricultural workers on a grueling three-day journey to China’s northwest frontier in search of better jobs. In contrast to Last Train Home’s self-effacing style, Ning foregrounds her own presence through her exchanges with fellow passengers, as they respond to her disarmingly direct questions about their lives, hopes, and dreams with heartbreaking candor. A fascinating study of how the documentary camera serves as both objective observer of and subjective confidant for its subjects. Courtesy of Documentary Educational Resources. In Mandarin, Sichuan dialect; English subtitles. 56 min.

In the Film exhibition Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions

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