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SAN YUAN LI

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45

Director: 

Ou Ning, Cao Fei

Documentary

2003

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China

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SAN YUAN LI

Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China's urban sprawl.

China's rapid modernization literally traps the village of San Yuan Li within the surrounding skyscrapers of Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people. The villagers move to a different rhythm, thriving on subsistence farming and traditional crafts. They resourcefully reinvent their traditional lifestyle by tending rice paddies on empty city lots and raising chickens on makeshift rooftop coops.

Directed by acclaimed visual artists Ou Ning and Cao Fei and commissioned by the Venice Biennale, SAN YUAN LI explores the modern paradox of China's economic growth and social marginalization.

  • Venice Biennale

  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival

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Luke Robinson, Senses of Cinema

"San Yuan Li's black-and-white aesthetic, speeded-up footage, electronic music score and rapid montage editing suggest... the influence of an older tradition: the European modernist 'city symphony'"