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  • Stammering Ballad


    DC Premiere1st Feature

    Saturday, Sept 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm E Street Cinema

    1h40min | China

    Director: ZHANG Nan 導演: 張楠

    A young Chinese folk singer leaves his hometown to go to the big city, only to eventually return to his musical traditions. On this 3 journey, his humor, anger and powerful folk songs all derive



    “It is a journey of searching his own soul from the country to the city and back again. A stuttering young boy who speaks with dif culty may not directly express his feeling about losing home; but as a direc- tor who comes from the same place, and stayed away for years, I  nd we share the same problem. Gasong’s anger comes from the strength of the wild poetry in country life. He tries to bring the vitality of these rural values into the city with his music, but how can he succeed while most of younger generation leave their home village, abandoning their local identity, struggling to adapt to the impersonal forces of modern urban life? In China, and one might say in all developing countries in Asia, we are facing the same impact of over-urbanization. I hope this  lm can remind us of the lost beauty inherent in the rural life,

    and to suggest that everybody stop for a moment and think about who we really are, and what kind of

    life do we want to live.”


    -- ZHANG Nan

  • I've Got A Little Problem


    US Premiere

     Friday, Sept 28, 5:40pm - 6:45pm E Street Cinema

    44min | China

    Director: ZHANG Ximing 導演: 張溪溟

    Known for shooting nude photos of Chinese youth and his explicit representation of Chinese sexuality, Ren Hang seeks to photograph a group of nude models in the streets of Beijing. However, as always, his shoot- ing plan received biased criticism and encountered problems with the law. Facing an ongoing battle with manic depression added inconceivable di culty to an already troublesome existence. Ultimately, he ended his young life.

    “ ‘We’ve lost our way all the time as if there’s no place for us in this world.’


    Ren Hang had bipolar disorder (BP), whose symp- toms were both mania and depression. Depres- sion gave him creativity and originality, but also made him out of control. He said: “Sometimes, I’m not who I am.” Nowadays, almost everyone has some mental problems. Depression appears more frequently in some ambiguous and casual articles that express one’s emotion. However, you would never know that the kindest one would  nish his life in a rush with his smile after telling some wired jokes. On February 24th, 2017, Ren Hang jumped off a building in Beijing. He stopped the time at his thirties.”


    --- ZHANG Ximing

  • In Character


    US Premiere1st Feature

    Saturday, Sept 29, 5:30pm - 7:15pm

    E Street Cinema

    1h14min | China

    Director: Tracy DONG 導演: 董雪瑩

    A group of young Chinese actors fully immerse themselves in the mindset of the Cultural Revolution while preparing to shoot a  lm, with surprising and some- times disturbing results.



    “To me, making movies is not simply just to enjoy myself but to shoulder more social respon- sibilities as the movie maker and to influence and help others.

    As In Character, originally I would like to reflect the living conditions of Chinese actors and I found it would be more meaningful to present as the experience of the life during the period of Cultural Revolution under Modern Chinese context. For me it is a surprising founding and the climax of the movie is based on an incident. I do believe this is indeed the charm of documentary. In fact, In Character is not to discuss Cultural Revolution directly but to draw the rethinking of collectivism and include the reflection of the living conditions of Chinese actors.”



    --- Tracy DONG

  • Taming the Horse


    DC Premiere

    Sunday, Sept 30, 3:30pm - 6:00pm E Street Cinema

    2h09min | Canada

    Director: GU Tao 導演: 古濤

    Dong is a dreamer who has lost his way when his age turned to 30. Born on the plains of Inner Mongolia, and transplanted to the economic frenzy of southern China, he is forced to confront the realities of age, family and a changing society. Filmmaker Tao Gu accompanies Dong for a year in his labyrinthine quest: to return to Dong’s homeland Haliar, at the heart of the inner Mongolian plains of China’s far north.

    A rich and nuanced portrait of a wild spirit, tamed in time by life’s many forces.




    “Over the course of a year, I accompanied Dong with a camera in his struggles with family and society, sex and love, identity and survival as a young man in modern China. The resulting portrait is of a dif cult and divisive young man; a sympathetic record on the human condition in contemporary China; a raw cry for truth, a longing for true love and freedom.”  --- GU Tao