Chi (Mr. Zhang Believes). 2015. China. Directed by Qiu Jiongjiong. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 135 min.
Zhang Xianchi’s politics have always been at odds with the times. Born into a Chinese Nationalist family, he became an active Communist Party supporter, until the Communists came to power and he was jailed as a supposed rightist counterrevolutionary due to his family background. Blending historical narrative with experimental theater, director Qiu Jiongjiong lifts the veil on the oft-forgotten history of the early years of the People’s Republic of China with insight and crafty wit.