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  • Before the Flood I

    Directed by LI Yifan and Yan Yu • Documentary • 2005 • 147 minutes

    A landmark documentary following the residents of the historic city of Fengjie as they clash with the officials forcing them to evacuate their homes to make way for the world's largest dam.

    China's Three Gorges Dam, the largest...

  • Before The Flood II - Gong Tan

    Directed by YAN Yu • Documentary • 2008 • 60 minutes

    Yan Yu follows his groundbreaking documentary BEFORE THE FLOOD with this profile of the residents of Gongtan, a 1700-year-old village soon to be demolished by a hydroelectric dam project.

    Gongtan, a historic village located on a tributary of ...

  • Beijing Besieged by Waste

    Directed by Wang Jiuliang • Documentary • 2011 • 72 minutes

    Photographer Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing's unholy cycle of consumption through poignant observational visits with the scavengers who live and work in the dumps.

    While China's econom...

  • Bitter Money

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2016 • 152 minutes

    The people in Wang Bing's BITTER MONEY lie in filthy, cramped apartments, stare at their phones for far too long, spend time on their balconies overlooking drab streets in which all the buildings look the same, and work long hours for litt...

  • Dead Souls - Part I

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2018 • 166 minutes

    In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the ...

  • Dead Souls - Part II

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2018 • 164 minutes

    In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the ...

  • Dead Souls - Part III

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2018 • 175 minutes

    In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the ...

  • Disorder

    Directed by Huang Weikai • Documentary • 2009 • 58 minutes

    Huang Weikai's one-of-a-kind news documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China's major cities today. As urbanization in China advances at a breakneck pace, Chinese cities teet...

  • Egg and Stone

    Directed by Huang Ji • Drama • With Xiao Pin-gao, Liu Xiao-lin, Yao Hong-gui, Yixiang Huang, Baiyu Yao • 2016 • 98 minutes

    Huang Ji's brave personal film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in rural Hunan province, EGG AND STONE is a powerful au...

  • Female Directors

    Directed by Yang Mingming • Documentary • 2012 • 43 minutes

    Ah-Ming and Yueyue are two out-of-work film school grads living in Beijing who decide to turn the camera on each other and make a film about their lives.

    On the surface, FEMALE DIRECTORS is the ultimate documentary for the age of overs...

  • Fengming, a Chinese Memoir

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2017 • 184 minutes

    Often cited as one of the great documentary achievements, Wang Bing’s dazzling tour-de-force — a gripping monologue recounting five decades in the life of a once-ardent socialist in the new China — is a testament to the power of oral histo...

  • Ghost Town

    Directed by Zhao Dayong • Documentary • 2012 • 169 minutes

    A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence.

    Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Yunnan Province, Lisu and Nu...

  • The Iron Ministry

    Directed by J. P. Sniadecki • Documentary • 2014 • 83 minutes

    Filmed over three years on China's railways, J. P. Sniadecki's masterful documentary traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journey...

  • Jinpa

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, Sonam Wangmo • 2019 • 87 minutes

    This is a story of revenge and redemption.

    On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hi...

  • Late Summer

    Directed by Yi Cui • Documentary • 2016 • 13 minutes

    LATE SUMMER captures a centuries-old Beijing theatre in its incarnation as a modern-day transient space.

  • Man in the Well

    Directed by Hu Bo • Drama • 2017 • 16 minutes

    Apocalypse. Two starving kids find a dead body in the ruins… Notes from Bela Tarr during 2017 FIRST training camp “They asked me to choose a ‘best student’ from these participants. But I don’t like the word. If I have to pick one, I want to give him ...

  • My Father's House

    Directed by Zhao Dayong • Documentary • 2011 • 77 minutes

    The troubled story of an underground church founded by Nigerian missionaries offers a rare glimpse inside an immigrant African community in China.

    In Nigeria, Pastor Daniel Michael Enyeribe has a revelation to bring the word of God to Ch...

  • The Observer

    Directed by Rita Andreetti • Documentary • 2019 • 78 minutes

    In August 2014, the 11th Beijing Independant Film Festival was shut down after repeated threats from local authorities. The government wouldn't tolerate the screening of some 'sensitive' works, particularly a historical documentary cal...

  • Of Shadows

    Directed by Yi Cui • Documentary • 2016 • 79 minutes

    OF SHADOWS is set in the unique landscape of China’s Loess Plateau, where the shadow play, as an enigmatic art form, has entertained people and deities for centuries. The film follows a lively and resilient group of shadow play performers as t...

  • Paths of the Soul

    Directed by Zhang Yang • Drama • 2016 • 117 minutes

    An astonishing journey of redemption, faith, and devotion. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang ( Shower, Getting Home ) blurs the border between documentary and fiction to follow a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families ...

  • The Questioning

    Directed by Zhu Rikun • Documentary • 2013 • 21 minutes

    'Early in the morning on July 24th, 2012, after meeting some friends in Hongkong, I drove a car of my brother back to Shenzhen and got Guo Feixiong and three other friends who take part in human rights protection to the car and went on driv...

  • The Search

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Zong Zhi, Manla Jiepu, Dobe Dorje, Drolma Gyab, Lumo Tso • 2013 • 105 minutes

    A director, his assistant, and a businessman drive through the Amdo region of Tibet, scouring small villages to find actors for their adaptation of the namthar of Drime Kunden, an...

  • Spark

    Directed by Hu Jie • Documentary • 2019 • 114 minutes

    SPARK opens by the side of a road in Lanzhou City, northwestern China, as trucks rumble through a blasted hillside. An elderly man walks along the dusty road and pauses to point to a nearby spot—the former execution grounds. “They executed ma...

  • Ta'ang

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2016 • 147 minutes

    Director Wang Bing brings his careful eye to the mountainous border-region of northeastern Myanmar in Ta’ang, a powerful and revealing observational documentary that follows members of the Ta’ang minority as they flee to China to escape an...