Blank lands / a film by Zhuang Xueben.
Wheeling, IL : Film Ideas, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 52 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Wheeling, IL : Film Ideas, [2017]
"In the 1930s, young photographer ZHUANG Xueben leaves Shanghai to explore unchartered regions of Western China that aren't even on the maps and filled with an air of mystery. In the collective imagination they were inhabited by "barbarian cannibals". He spent 10 years of his life in these remote parts, rarely visited before. His works represent a real human and artistic journey into completely unknown lands and reveals unexpected truths about its inhabitants. However, in the 1960s his work was banned in the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and was soon after forgotten. 50 years later, thanks to the relentless efforts of his son, these precious treasures of photography and anthropology are rediscovered. The current journey allows us to see what remains unchanged and what has changed over a huge period of 80 years.
"Today, communist ideals are thrown over board, one by one. They are replaced with a strange mixture of ultra-liberal recipes and Chinese solidarity, the ideology of which is yet to be written. This is the backdrop for an outstanding collection of compelling documentaries by Chinese filmmakers that tell us about the joys and sorrows, the highs and lows, the dreams and the deceptions of ordinary Chinese people." -- Container.
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In Chinese with subtitles in English.
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