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January 21, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - 24 City

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Jia Zhangke; China, 2008; 107 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)


The conversion of a state-owned munitions factory into luxury high-rise apartments allows for an acute appreciation of socialism’s impact on the Chinese people, and the complex social changes sweeping the country in this masterful new documentary from Jia Zhangke. Founded in 1958 to produce aviation engines, Factory 420 saw years of prosperous activity. Now abandoned, the factory awaits its destiny. Sold for millions to real estate developers, it will be transformed into an emblem of market economy: a complex of apartment blocks called 24 City. Constructed around eight dramatic interviews, punctuated by snippets of pop songs, poetry and beautifully shot footage of the demolition, 24 City is a mesmerizing exploration of China’s past, present and future. Without nostalgia but with sensitivity and depth of feeling, Mr. Jia is documenting a country and several generations that are disappearing before the world’s eyes – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.

Following his 2009 profile of Jia Zhangke in the New Yorker, Evan Osnos talks about Jia’s sense of aesthetics and analyzes some recurring themes in his work.

Posted by zzhu at January 21, 2010 05:33 PM