2008. China. Zhao Dayong. 169 min.
Sunday, March 21, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2008. China. Directed by Zhao Dayong. Zhao’s tremendously rewarding film illuminates the alienation and marginalization of the denizens of one of China’s countless remote villages. Divided into three parts, this epic documentary takes an intimate look at its varied cast of characters, bringing audiences face to face with people who were unceremoniously left behind by China’s new economy. Zhao displays great compassion and respect for the squatters and other inhabitants of the village, and he patiently teases out the special places and attachments to which they cling. Cleverly structured and beautifully shot, the film is a gratifying, if ultimately heartbreaking, testimonial to the talent and commitment of China’s vanguard independent documentary movement. Print courtesy of dGenerate Films. 169 min.