(presented by Underdox Festival)
469 min – HD – Mandarin
B: Wang Bing – K: Wang Bing, Xiaohui Shan, Yang Song, Liu Xianhui – S: Catherine Rascon – T: Wang Bing, Raphaël Girardot, Adrien Kessler – P: Les Films d’Ici – V: Doc & Film International
SUNDAY 14 OCT 11 AM KUNSTVEREIN MÜNCHEN
In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. The film invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure and what became their destiny.
“An utterly harsh film, mineral like the sand in the desert, intensely focused on the words of survivors, deprived of any aesthetic embellishment, and yet a film of fire and devotion, an act of courage and challenge, showing with unprecedented scope the tragedy of the Chinese people under the yoke of communism.” (Jacques Mandelbaum)