Chinese Visual Festival at Open City Docs
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Chinese Visual Festival at Open City Docs


CVF is delighted to be partnering with Open City Docs Festival on their screening next week of the amazing documentary Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47km, on Wednesday 5th September at 20:40 at Picturehouse Central, with director Zhang Mengqi in attendance for a post-screening Q&A - Tickets on sale now!

Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47km

The seventh film in Zhang Mengqi’s extraordinary survey of life in 47km, a rural village in Hubei Province, China named after its distance from the nearest city, Suizhou, Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47Km explores the terrible legacy of the ‘Great Leap Forward’ through the contrasting perspectives of two generations of women. An elderly woman tells the harrowing story of her son’s death, whilst a teenager paints murals imagining a brighter future. This split structure connects the memories of a disappearing generation to the hopes of a new one, finding space for political and personal reflection in a country experiencing great change.
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Zhang Mengqi was born in 1987. She graduated from the Dance Academy of Minzu University of China in 2008. Since 2009, she has been a resident filmmaker and choreographer at Caochangdi Workstation in Beijing. A founding member of the Folk Memory Project, Mengqi has made eight feature-length documentaries filmed in her father’s village in Hebei Province, known as her “self-portrait series”. Her films have been selected by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel and others.
Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM

The screening is part of the 2018 Open City Docs Festival, which runs September 4th - 9th in venues across London - click here for more information on the festival.
Stayed tuned for another exciting announcement about more CVF events and screenings coming in September!
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