Documentary - Completed 2013

Chinese photographers are the ideal detector of the country’s reality. Through their eyes we will discover how the Chinese are adjusting to the transformations of everything, from their landscape to their aesthetics, their private lives and their very souls. Photos, not postcards

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Emma TASSY
    • Writer(s)
    • Emma TASSY
    • Producer(s)
    • Olivier MILLE (Artline Films)
    • Synopsis
    • China. The economic development of the last 30 years has led to extraordinary upheaval throughout the land and population, as well as within individuals’ hearts and minds.
      Recently everything sped up in this part of the world. China suddenly became trendy in the Western world. But at home, the Chinese were battered by sudden change: the transition towards unbridled Capitalism, the wealth gap, and a new way of life based on the American model. A shock that neither the media nor artists had the time to capture in its entirety.
      This documentary series takes that idea as its starting point, and gives voice to the best-informed eyewitnesses to 21st century China: its photographers.
      They may well be the ideal detector of the country’s reality. They are quick-witted, fleet-footed, up in arms, and ready to put their cameras where their mouths are. These films give them a chance to speak out. From the ground up.
      Whether they’re training their sights on water pollution, aimless big-city youth, the daunting transformation of the landscape or changing esthetic codes, today’s Chinese photographers feel like pioneers. And they are.
      12 photographers will act as our guides as we explore these tremendous transmutations. 4 films give them a chance to speak out. On the spot. In the midst of the vast construction site that is China. The better to understand the China of today and of tomorrow.
    • Partners & financing
    • Arte France