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dGenerate Films

dGenerate Films

dGenerate Films distributes contemporary independent film from mainland China to audiences worldwide. We are dedicated to procuring and promoting visionary content, fueled by transformative social change and digital innovation.

dGenerate Films combines pioneering relationships in China with next-generation partners to distribute previously unavailable content. Films are made available for educational and home DVD, online and cable VOD, public exhibitions, festival screenings, television broadcast, and all other non-theatrical channels. dGenerateFilms.com is a valued resource for up-to-date information and news on the independent Chinese film movement. We also facilitate co-production relationships between filmmakers in China with their counterparts internationally. Established in 2008 by a team of filmmakers, writers and media innovators, dGenerate Films is the leading distributor of independent Chinese film in North America. We are dedicated to supporting these unprecedented movies and their makers, proudly taking our name from world cinema’s newest digitally-driven visionaries: the d-Generation.

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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...

  • The East Wind State Farm

    Directed by HU Jie • Documentary • 2009 • 101 minutes

    Condemned "Rightists," sentenced to 21 years of thought reform in the countryside, share harrowing first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp.

    In 1957, 200 teachers, students, and cadres were labeled as "Rightists" for voicing cri...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Girls Always Happy

    Directed by Yang Mingming • Drama • With Yang Mingming, Nai An • 2018 • 116 minutes

    Rising Chinese director Yang Mingming both directs and stars in GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY – a mother-daughter story that goes for the jugular. Wu (Yang Mingming) and her mother (Nai An) live in a Beijing hutong – an old...

  • 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.

  • Lost Course

    Directed by Jill Li • Documentary • 2020 • 180 minutes

    Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China for several years starting in 2011, first time documentarian Jill Li witnessed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villagers' land, bu...

  • 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...

  • Old Dog

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • 2012 • 88 minutes

    A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

    The Tibetan nomad mastiff is an exotic prize dog in China, fetching as much as millions of dollars from wealthy Chinese. When a ...

  • Outcry and Whisper

    Directed by WEN Hai and ZENG Jinyan • Documentary • 2020 • 100 minutes

    A performance artist approaches a dais with a quiet formality, then proceeds to slowly and deliberately slice a series of cuts into her face with a razor. A doctoral student/filmmaker, under house arrest and constant surveill...

  • Oxhide

    Directed by LIU Jiayin • Documentary • 2005 • 110 minutes

    Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

    Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her p...

  • Oxhide II

    Directed by Liu Jiayin • Drama • With Liu Jiayin, Huifen Jia, Zaiping Liu • 2012 • 132 minutes

    Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

    Building on the stunning visi...