Photographer Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing’s unholy cycle of consumption through poignant observational visits with the scavengers who live and work in the dumps. While China’s economic ascent commands global attention, less light has been shed upon the monumental problem of waste spawned by a burgeoning population, booming industry, and insatiable urban growth.
Award-winning photographer Wang Jiuliang focuses his lens upon the grim spectacle of waste, excrement, detritus, and rubble unceremoniously piled upon the land surrounding the China’s Olympic city, capital, and megalopolis, Beijing. Eking out a dangerous living within are the scavengers, mostly migrant workers from the countryside, who struggle to uphold familial and cultural systems amid their occupation’s Dickensian bleakness.
Wang renders the decimation of once-essential rivers and farmlands in the backdrop of gleaming high-speed trains, stadiums, and skyscrapers; the sinister cyclical pattern of construction’s consumption and garbage, and moving images of the daily lives of scavengers who labor at their own risk.
The film hasn’t screened to any press yet, and the FCCC screening precedes the International Film Festival premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival next week, and the New York premiere at Asia Society the following week. Afterwards there will be a Q&A with the film maker in Chinese with English interpretation.
DATE: Thursday, Oct 13, 2011
VENUE: Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 1 Ritan Road, Jian Guo Men Wai (corner of Guanghua Road and Ritan Road) 建国门外日坛路1号
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
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Please bring your passport or photo ID!
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Wang Jiu-liang was born in Anqiu, in the Shandong Province of China in 1976. An artist and a filmmaker, he graduated from the Communication University of China and works as a freelance photographer based in Beijing. From 2007 to 2008, he created the photography series China’s Traditions in Worshiping Gods and Spirits. Wang has been engaged in the investigation into garbage pollution surrounding Beijing since 2008.\.
We’d like to thank dGenerate Films, distributer of contemporary independent films from mainland China, for helping organize this event.