Chinese Independent Filmmaking Fundraising Project Short Film Program
CIFVF Presented

22/1 (Tue) 7:30pm & 27/1 (Sun) 7:30pm, agnès b. CINEMA
*Followed by Seminar on 27/1 (Sun)


*27/1 (Sun) Screening Full House


Immortal by the River • Chongqing

China / 2012 / B&W / 11min
In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Director : Li Ning

Heroes are submerged into the rolling waters of the Yantze River. We do not know if there were heroes in the river, but along the Jialing River, we see expired newspaper, drink cartons and mannequins afloat. The fisherman patiently waits for his catch, while the Han young girl chases the alien around. Pale faced infantry marched from underneath the bridge, followed by the Red Guards and then the Gongans. What historical time are we actually in? The director explains the situation in the other short video. He said as he washed his face, “I am just trying to express my impression of Congqing in a rather magical way.”

Director’s Biography

Li Ning
Theatre director, film director and physical artist. Graduated from sculpture program in Shandong Art School and founded his own physical arts collective “J-town Physical Guerrillas” in 1997, which has performed in various cities. He has also founded “Made in J-town Film Lab”, leading the way in pushing China’s boundaries of exploration in film and performance. His works include “Untitled-3” (2008), “Land Forms-2” (2009) and “Tape” (2010).

Old Witch

China / 2012 / Color / 11min
In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Director : Wang Leijun

It all began with a dream where she was naked. Donning a set of pale pink clothes, Miss Yang retold in front of the camera the various suppressions she faces in her life. Her memory exposed like naked flesh. Every year in June she could not help but relive the agony she experienced, the only way to temporarily reconcile with the pain was by worshiping the gods. Meanwhile her sexual freedoms were exploited by the loss of love and marriage, as well as disease and the very structure of society itself. An eerie tune rises, reminding us that all genuine affects and emotions are but a luxury.

Director’s Biography

Wang Leijun
Worked for AIDS prevention, rights of sex workers, improving medical conditions of sex workers in Hong Kong Chi Heng Foundation in Shanghai office and Shanghai Lok Yi. In 2007, he started shooting his first documentary, and then continued shooting many documentaries about sex workers. His works include “Lost in Shanghai Lan” (2009) and “Lost in Shenzhen Fei” (2010). In 2011, he became one of the students of Artivist Film School organized by Chongqing Independent Film&Video Festival.

Riverside

China / 2012 / Color / 14min
In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Director : Chen Zhong

The river flows on. This film was not shot in Congqing, but rather in another city where one can get to by following the river flowing from Congqing. The barber divines to ask his son when he will return, as the young son toils at the other city. At the other end of the river in the city so full of vibrant neon lights, a girl in a short lace skirt and high heels lives in a humble apartment. In a lifetime so often ridden with struggles, the river links all of these people together.

Director’s Biography

Chen Zhong
Was born in Sichuan Province in 1970. He studied Engineering in Tsinghua University. He then continued his study in the USA in 1998 and earned his MFA degree in filmmaking from Temple University in 2003. He worked as the TV Production Specialist at Voice of America in Washington DC for one year before he came back to China in 2004 and now living in Beijing and Chengdu as an independent filmmaker.
His films have been selected to screen in more than 40 international film festivals. He won the Kodak Cinematography Award for Documentary Film from the New York EXPO of Short Films in 2001. 










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Wang Leijun












Chen Zhong