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 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.
- Bing Wang
- Bing Wang
- Shan Xiaohui
- Song Yang
- Catherine Rascon
- LES FILMS D'ICI
- DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
Wang's film is a vital excavation of history in danger of being eroded away.
We’re realizing we’ve been living in unreality, that the world we’ve been living in hasn’t been true.
Wang Bing is a Chinese director, often referred to as one of the foremost figures in documentary film-making. Wang is the founder of his own production company, Wang Bing Studios, which produces most of his films. He graduated from the Film Academy in Beijing in 1996. He made the 18-episode TV series CAMPUS AFFAIRS and the TV documentary COMMON PEOPLE'S HOMESTEAD. In 1999, he was cameraman for the film DISTORTION. His debut as a director came with TIEXI DISTRICT: WEST OF THE TRACKS (2003), a nine-hour documentary in three parts entitled RUST, REMNANTS AND RAILS. He also makes installations, such as CRUDE OIL (2008), shown in Rotterdam. In 2010, his film on Chinese labour camps, THE DITCH, was included in the Venice Film Festival as the film sorpresa; and he returned in 2012 to win the Orizzonti Award with THREE SISTERS. 'TIL MADNESS DO US PART (2013) was selected at multiple festivals like Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam and Hong Kong, followed by TA'ANG which premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2016. His film MRS. FANG premiered in Locarno. His latest documentary DEAD SOULS will have its world premiere at Cannes FF 2018.