The Iron Ministry

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    The Iron Ministry

    Directed by

    China

    2014

    82 min

    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    Filmed over three years on China’s railways, THE IRON MINISTRY traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, and language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. THE IRON MINISTRY immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world’s largest railway network.

    Awards

    • RivieraLab Award/ Work in Progress - Riviera Maya FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    J.P. Sniadecki
    Cinematography
    J.P. Sniadecki
    Editing
    J.P. Sniadecki
    Production
    CINDER FILMS

    Press

    "the movie sparkles with ideas"

    Eric Kohn, Indiewire

    "outstanding, semi-experimental documentary"

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    J.P. Sniadecki

    J.P. Sniadecki

    USA

    Before cinema, there is the world, which outstrips every intention and counters every expectation, and the fact that films can register all that untamed possibility is the reason why I continue to try to make them.

    John Paul (J.P.) Sniadecki is a filmmaker and anthropologist whose films have received several awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at the 2009 Cinema du reel Film Festival for CHAIQIAN (DEMOLITION), and two Leopards at the 2010 Locarno International Film Festival for FOREIGN PARTS (co-directed with Verena Paravel). He works in and between China and the United States, and is founder and co-curator of Emergent Visions, a film series that screens independent cinema from the People's Republic of China.

    Selected Filmography