Essential Cinema: Chronicler: Films of Wang Bing

DEAD SOULS PART 2

Directed by Wang Bing

China, 2018, 2h 44min, DCP, In Mandarin with English subtitles

Essential Cinema: Chronicler: Films of Wang Bing

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Showtime

Thu, May 9

We present Wang Bing’s most recent film in three parts, due to its very long run time – over 8 hours. In DEAD SOULS, Wang has located and interviewed survivors of Mao Tse-tung’s Jiabiangou labor camp, created to punish and re-educate people considered opponents of his regime.

REVIEWS

“In addition to being a work of memory that brings the past imaginatively to light, “DEAD SOULS” is a film of resistance that, in discussing the past, also confronts the present-day activities of the Chinese government.” –Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Wang’s film is a vital excavation of history in danger of being eroded away.” –Phil Hoad, Guardian

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