*Mr. Zhang Believes (Chi)*. 2015. China. Directed by Qiu Jiongjiong. Courtesy of All Ways Pictures

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.

U.S. premiere

  1. Sunday, February 21, 2016,
    4:30 p.m.

    Post-screening discussion with Qiu Jiongjiong and Zhang Zhen, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, NYU
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Saturday, February 20, 2016,
    6:00 p.m.

    Post-screening discussion with Qiu Jiongjiong
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2