Nostalgia (乡愁) & Ferry (渡口)
Both films have English subtitles.
Directed by Haolun Shu, 2006 (70 min.)
Shanghai is filmmaker Haolun Shu’s hometown, where he also now lives and works. His family has an old house in Da Zhongli, one of Shanghai’s oldest neighborhoods. The Shu Family has lived there for three generations and Haolun’s grandmother still lives alone in the old house in Da Zhongli. Bad news comes that Da Zhongli faces a new round of so-called “Urban Reconstruction,” which means that the whole neighborhood is going to be completely demolished. It is then that Haolun decides to go back with a camera. This is a documentary about Haolun Shu’s revisit to Da Zhongli that is intertwined with his memories of the 1980s and the Shanghai that had not yet become a modern cosmopolitan city full of skyscrapers.
舒浩仑《乡愁》 70 minutes, 2006
舒浩仑的《乡愁》是一部关于上海的私人影像记忆，记录了一个将要拆迁的静安区石库门里弄大中里的当下和往昔，片中出现的人物都是和导演生活记忆息息相关的亲人和邻居，舒浩仑导演以平实的心态记录了作为宁波移民的祖孙三代在这个城市变迁过程里经历的一切，在这些耄耋老人的回忆里我们甚至可以感到我们自己的童年，这部记录片告诉了我们一个方法论，怎样在一个小的题材里反映城市的历史、文化和人文境遇 - 摘自卡夫卡•陆的影评.
Directed by Guo Xizhi, 1998 (25 min.)
The Qingzi Xiang Ferry has a 140-year-old history. When a steamship company started running the ferry using a joint stock system in 1998, the laid-off workers sabotaged the ferryboat and caused the ferry to shut down. This documentary records the critical moments of change and documents the reactions of three families whose lives are influenced by the ferry’s shutdown.
Fall 2006 Chinese Documentary Film Series – Showcasing Films from REC Foundation’s REEL CHINA Biennial Film Festival