Documentary Filmmaker WUWENGUANG
THE CHINA VILLAGERS DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
Wu Wenguang is a key figure in Chinese independent documentaryfilm and a prolific writer, curator, and producer. Firmly committedto bringing together different social worlds by blurring theboundaries between amateurial and professional art, Wu presents anddiscusses on
Jianghu: Life on the Road (1999, DVD, 60 min)
The protagonists of this documentary are itinerant artists whoearn their living by performing popular songs, dances, andsketches. Carrying the DV camera around “like a pen,” Wu Wenguangtravels together with the performers and records their dailyexperiences as they repeatedly attempt to enter China’s big citiesbut are invariably excluded from them.
The China Villagers Documentary Project (2006, DVD, 60min)
The initial aim of the project was to document theimplementation of a new system of competitive villageelections. The works that resulted from it, however, deal withaspects of rural life that far exceed the initial focus. Thisdocumentary illustrates the different phases of the project andincludes selections from the videos shot by amateur “villagerfilmmakers.”
Shao Yuzhen, “My Village 2006” (2007, DVD, 25min.)
Zhang Huancai, “My Village 2006” (2007, DVD, 35min.)
These new documentaries by the most talented amateur filmmakersinvolved in the China Villagers Documentary Project offer intimateperspectives into the domestic and social lives and the daily workroutines of the people living in rural China.
This event is free and open to the generalpublic.
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Chinese Studies of the Center forEast Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages andCivilizations and the Film Studies Center.
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