30.09. - 09.10.2021

Dead Souls France, Switzerland 2018 | 495 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2018

Wang Bing

With his very first film, the 9-hour documentary West of the Tracks (2003), WANG BING (*1967) made a name for himself as a director of epic works. Today, he is seen by many as China's leading independent documentary film-maker. Mrs. Fang was awarded the Golden Leopard at this year's Locarno festival.

rated for 0 + years
DOCUMENTARY Survivors tell of their time in the reeducation camps of Mao's China. Their words and faces form a monumental 8-hour memorial. In the sand of the Gobi Desert in North-Western China lie the bones of the victims of the "Campaign against Deviators from the Law" started by the Communist Party in 1957 and which affected up to half a million alleged enemies of the system. Thousands starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. The few survivors tell of the suffering they endured and give the viewer an impression of how systematic this political crime was.

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Original title: Dead Souls
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: Mandarin
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Wang Bing
Screenplay: Wang Bing
Producer: Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Louise Prince, Wang Bing
Director of Photography: Wang Bing, Shan Xiaohui, Song Yang, Liu Xianhui
Production Design:
Editor: Catherine Rascon
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Doc & Film International
Production: Les Films d’Ici; CS Productions; Adok Films; Arte France Cinema
Contact: Théo Lionel, Doc & Film International:


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