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The dGenerate Films Collection

The dGenerate Films Collection

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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  • Blue Island

    Directed by CHAN Tze Woon • Documentary • 2022 • 98 minutes

    BLUE ISLAND documents three people who engaged in rebellions when they were young. Through reconstructing these events, the film dramatizes their scarred memories and experiences by using four young people who participated in the 2019 A...

  • 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 ol...

  • 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...

  • All About My Sisters

    Directed by WANG Qiong • Documentary • 2021 • 175 minutes

    In her debut film, director Qiong Wang builds a riveting portrait of her family reckoning with the lasting impact of China's one-child policy.

    After giving birth to two daughters, Qiong's parents were desperate for a boy. When they learn...

  • 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...

  • The Widowed Witch

    Directed by Cai Chengjie • Drama • With Tian Tian, Gao Pengcheng, Wang Qilin, Shuyan Feng • 2018 • 120 minutes

    Winner of the top prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival, director Cai Chengjie’s debut feature is, like its titular protagonist, unexpectedly powerful and fiercely unpredictable.

    Deemed...

  • Three Sisters

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2012 • 153 minutes

    One of his generation's most important documentary filmmakers, director Wang Bing is at the height of his powers in THREE SISTERS. The film introduces viewers to 10-year-old YingYing, 6-year-old Zhenzhen and 4-year-old Fenfen, who live alo...

  • Karamay

    Directed by XU Xin • Documentary • 2012 • 356 minutes

    In 1994, the oil-rich city of Karamay in Northwest China was the site of a horrible fire that killed nearly 300 schoolchildren. The students were performing for state officials and were told to stand by while the officials exited first. After...

  • Old Dog

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Yanbum Gyal, Drolma Kyab, Lochey, Tamdrin Tso • 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...

  • Oxhide I & II

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

    Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. Her fat...

  • 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...

  • 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
    Movie + 2 extras

    Dead Souls

    Movie + 2 extras

    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 Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. The film invite...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • We the Workers

    Directed by Wen Hai • Documentary • 2017 • 174 minutes

    China’s economic miracle has been built on cheap labor. And now, that labor is starting to fight back. Filmed in the southeastern part of the country, WE THE WORKERS is a vérité documentary that closely follows people organizing workers and ...

  • Winter Vacation

    Directed by Li Hongqi • Drama • With Lei Bao, Bai Junjie • 2010 • 91 minutes

    In this acclaimed absurdist comedy, bored teenagers and disillusioned adults rage at each other and the emptiness of life in frost-bitten northern China.

    It's the last day of winter vacation in Inner Mongolia. Four aim...

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2013 • 238 minutes

    Within the gates of an isolated mental institution in in southwest China's Yunnan province, patients are confined to one single floor of a building. Once locked in, with little contact from the outside world, anything goes.

    The facility's...

  • Through the Looking Glass

    Directed by Yi Cui • Documentary • 2017 • 15 minutes

    On a high-land Tibetan pasture, a screening event unfolds quietly. Monks, herdsmen and their families gather by the screen to observe life captured through their own lenses.

  • Tharlo

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Jinpa, Shide Nyima, Tsemdo Thar • 2015 • 123 minutes

    'Renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden returns with his profoundly moving new feature [adapted from his own novella] about a Tibetan shepherd named Tharlo. Visiting a Tibetan town in Qinghai province to ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...