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近年來，China 獨立紀錄片受到官方更多關注，獨立影展更是接連被禁，創作越趨艱難，但真實不容禁錮，影展不該被斷電！本單元與北京獨立影像展（栗憲庭電影基金）、中國獨立影像展、重慶獨立影展、雲之南影展合作，爬梳近10年來生猛精采的 China 獨立紀錄片。「敬」是諧音（禁），也是敬佩與致敬！
14-year-old Haier has been kicked out of school. He instead spends his time stealing, fighting and terrorising the village with his motorcycle gang. His father tries to brutally beat some sense into the boy. But he does not succeed. And then Haier sets off for the big city... With Little Proletarian, SHEN Jie has created a miracle of a film: a wild, harsh but also really funny portrayal of Chinese teenage life.
This film is the third of the People's Memory Project. In the beginning of 2012, I began gathering statistics of deaths during the Three Year Famine. Children of ten to fifteen years old voluntarily joined me. Taking the video camera I gave them, they visited the old folks, interviewing them and gathered statistics. This project gave them the first opportunity to learn about and appreciate their village's history.
The moose of the Daxinganling Mountains in Northeast China possess great strength and majesty though their habitat is disappearing. The Ewenki tribe is forced to abandon their homes. Weijia, an Ewenki nicknamed "Moose", is unable to hunt and can do nothing but drink and tell stories of his vanishing culture. After moving to a southern city to be with his girlfriend, he is unable to quit alcohol and return home.
In ZOU Xueping's first feature, The Starving Village, ZOU interviewed residents of her hometown about their experiences during a famine that killed tens of millions. In this follow-up, ZOU tries to screen the film in her village, only to meet resistance from family and neighbours fearful of official reprisal. Undeterred, ZOU uses her camera to mediate her hometown's ability to confront its tragic past, with near miraculous results.
A group of migrant children have grown up next to a rubbish dumpsite in Daxing in the southern suburbs of Beijing. As high- rise buildings begin to encroach upon their shanty settlement and threaten to swallow up their makeshift hut, the children are faced with a predicament. Should they continue their studies or submit to the early onset of adulthood?
This is a peculiar work, a bizarre place, a group of bigoted people and a unique vicissitudes of life. MA Li, the director, devoted six years to going deep into the petitioner village, a humble village in Beijing. With a DV, she talks heart to heart with petitioners from all over the country and creates a real world in a limited space, which is rarely known by people yet closely related to our survival.
Since 1996 ZHAO Liang has filmed the "petitioners", who come from all over China to make complaints in Beijing about abuses and injustices committed by the local authorities. Faced with the most brutal intimidation from the local authorities, the complainants who stubbornly continue despite everything find that their hopes are often in vain.
After many years, my research into the use of tape reached the point of obsession and madness. In China what I am doing is bound to be ridiculed. Through major events and my own extreme behaviour, I finally reconstructed the reality and merged it with art. But in the end, I've become yet another photo pasted on an employment form, forced to function as part of the machine.
Wearing a long dress, a white-rose-shaped wig and a pair of high heel shoes, she sings in a bar. The stage belongs to her - the gorgeous Madame Bilan de Linphel. The tailor is talkative. He often goes to the city's gay cruising areas, and he said he was born to love men. Indeed, he had met quite a few whom he had loved so deeply. The point is – this chatty tailor is also Madame Bilan de Linphel on the stage.
In Yueyang, Hunan Province, the Ximao clan, a group of 20-odd individuals form what amounts to a village. The director, both as a member of the community and a filmmaker, intervenes in the archaeological archival work. Referencing the worldview passed down through the daily lives, myths, and traditions of these people, this grand experimental ethnographic documentary attempts a new interpretation.
Salute! Independent Documentaries in China
In recent years, the Chinese independent documentaries have attracted attention from the Chinese authorities. Moreover, the independent film festivals are often banned, or have the power cut off. Collaborating with Beijing Independent Film Festival (Lixianting Film Fund), CHINA Independent Film Festival, Chongqing Independent Film and Video Festival, and Yunnan Multi Cultural Visual Festival, we combed through the Chinese independent documentaries made in the past ten years and selected those in this category. This is a gesture to not only show our admiration but salute the independent filmmaking in China.
The Last Moose of Aoluguya
China, United States
HUANG Xiang, John Paul SNIADECKI, XU Routao