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    China Concerto
    film essay | 2012 | 50min

      Available streaming on Amazon

    Synopsis
    An observational essay about images, representations and performances in China's contemporary spectacles, shot mostly in Chongqing during the peak of Bo Xilai's red campaign in 2010 and 2011, which later ended as China's biggest political scandal after 1989. Concealed beneath the veneer of capitalism, aspects of communist totalitarianism persist today, both in economy and ideology.

    Statement
    The past two decades for China since 1989, has been a time of economic boom and social de-politicization. Drive for profit and progress seems to have been dominating social life. However, it is also crucial to be aware that the extensive capitalization is hybridized to retained aspects of communist totalitarianism. Not only on the economic level, in ideologies, influences from the Mao era never really faded away. They conceal themselves under a capitalist mask. The film takes a form of fictional letters about a man's encounters with all the images during his trip in China, narrated by a female voice with an untraceable accent. The focus of the film is images – images in a broader sense, as surfaces of the society. I believe the seemingly most mundane surfaces can possibly provide us a glimmer of re-looking at the basis of the duo-structure of China in the post-Tiananmen era.

    Official Selections
    2016 DOKU.ARTS, German Historical Museum/Zeughauskino, Berlin
    2016 Arkipel - Jakarta Int'l Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta
    2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
    2013 CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2013 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY, USA
    2013 Documentary Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
    2012 China Independent Film Festival, Nanjing, China
    2012 Beijing Independent Film Festival, Beijing, China

    Distribution
     
    China Concerto is distributed by Icarus Films under the dGenerate Films Collection in North America. To purchase:
    http://icarusfilms.com/dgenerate/chc.html