One of the great documentarians working today and an intrepid chronicler of the human tribulations underlying modern China’s social and economic transformation, Wang Bing makes films that are epic in duration yet precise in scope. Forging intimate bonds with his subjects, he captures the plights of individuals and communities in factory towns and rural villages, and demands that we behold the political complexity and moral weight of their struggles. In addition to the New York premiere of his latest, the eight-hour opus Dead Souls, we will also present a rare screening of his debut masterpiece, the three-part West of the Tracks (2002), and the first U.S. showing of the single-shot 15 Hours (2017). Wang himself will join us to discuss these films and his singular art.
Presented with support from the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation.
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Documentary Educational Resources
New York Premiere · Extended introduction with Wang BingWang Bing’s latest is a monumental work of testimony, largely comprised of interviews with survivors of the Jiabiangou and Mingshui re-education camps of the late 1950s.
Q&A with Wang BingThe final part of West of the Tracks finds Wang following a resilient coal-scavenger father and his son, who make a living collecting raw parts from the local railyards and selling them to Tiexi’s dwindling factories.
U.S. Premiere · Free and open to the public!Rigorous and hypnotic, 15 Hours marks Wang’s most radical meditation on the contemporary meaning of work and the state of labor conditions in present-day China.
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