Films from Hong Kong's Chinese Documentary Festival

China Institute will screen a selection of works from Hong Kong's Chinese Documentary Festival. The  films (one feature and two shorts) explore contemporary social issues in Hong Kong and China including spirituality, identity, and urban and rural development.

Since its inception in 2008, the Chinese Documentary Festival has drawn the attention of filmmakers from around the world, especially those of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, becoming a major forum for Chinese documentary filmmaking.

Wednesday, June 286:30-8:30PM

Event Fee: FREE Members, $10 Non-Members - Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Fl.

 

PROGRAM:

 

My Land

Fan Jian 

China / 2015 / 81 min 

In Mandarin with Chinese & English Subtitles 
 

Chen Jun farms in Beijing. In his shack, he set up an "Agony Hotline" for farmers and was elected "Beijing's role-model." Little did he realize the village committee had sold off the land he rented. As the bulldozers moved in, Chen and his wife stood firm. As they started to film their troubles, they captured their daughter growing up. However, as she grew, they also had to rethink staying on their land.

My Land won a silver medal for best feature documentary at the 2016 Chinese Documentary Festival and was featured at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

Zero Acceleration 
 

Wu Wei Yip, Woody 

Hong Kong / 2015 / 14 min 

No Dialogue 
 

In a city like Hong Kong that brims with noise and restlessness, some people engage in Buddhist practices like meditation and meditation walks to diffuse the distractions. This beautifully filmed documentary shows us a hidden oasis in this bustling city. US Premiere

Kong Rice

Chan Yiu Hei, Purple

Hong Kong / 2015 / 15 min 

In Cantonese with Chinese & English Subtitles 
 

In recent years, a new wave of local farmers comprising professionals and university lecturers has emerged. They want to revive farming in Hong Kong and despite the dismal yield, they still give it their all. They also support causes including cultural preservation and saying "No" to the government and property conglomerates to protect the last oasis in Hong Kong from becoming yet another commercial complex. US Premiere