Chinese Portrait (China, 2018)

Though Chinese Portrait is his first documentary film, Wang Xiaoshuai is no stranger to what can be called documentary realism. Particularly in his early films of the 1990s such as The Days (1993, his directorial […]

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on Aug, 17 · in Reviews

Knife in the Clear Water (China, 2016)

Knife in the Clear Water is set in Ningxia, northwest of China, in a remote mountainous village called Xihaigu. As an independent filmmaker, Wang Xuebo wanted to ensure the authenticity of the production by casting […]

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on Aug, 09 · in Reviews

Breathless Animals (China, 2019)

Dreams are the memories of another life – or so the saying goes, whatever that may mean. If one could identify a subject for Lei Lei’s latest feature-length documentary, Breathless Animals, it would be the […]

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on Jun, 29 · in Reviews

Lost Lotus (Hong Kong/Netherlands, 2019)

In her first feature Lotus (2012), journalist turned independent filmmaker Liu Shu took the patriarchal pressure on women in China as a microcosm of the nation’s centralized power. It’s a theme that she elaborates on in her […]

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on May, 31 · in Reviews

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