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(2010, 20min, dir. Gu Tao)

(2020, 15min, dir. Cong, Feng) (pw: altcin)

Q&A with Gu Tao & Cong Feng on Tuesday, Oct 27 at 8:10pm via Zoom!

This event presents two films made in response to catastrophic incidents in China and brings Chinese independent filmmakers Cong Feng and Gu Tao in dialogue. On the Way to the Sea is a poetic film that weaves together fictional elements, documentary fragments and visual abstraction, investigating the dreams, memories and sensory perceptions of two survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time pays homage to French philosopher and filmmaker Guy Debord’s work of the same name while expressing the filmmaker’s anguish at the collective trauma that occurred in Wuhan in early 2020 as well as his yearning for the future. Both lyrical and haunting, the two films reflect on the fragile human condition in these times of increasingly frequent disasters. 


丛峰 (CONG Feng) is a filmmaker, writer and photographer. His major film works include Doctor Ma’s Country Clinic, The Unfinished History of Life, Stratum 1: The Visitors, Rooms With Mao’s Images and Stratum 2: The Asthenosphere. His films have won awards including the NETPAC Award at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Japan Award at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. His films have also been shown at many other festivals, such as Vienna International Film Festival, Taipei International Documentary Film Biennale, Hong Kong International Film Festival. He is one of the editors of the Chinese magazine FILM AUTEUR, and he has self-polished 2 books of poems. 


古涛(Tāo Gǔ) is a Chinese Canadian experimental filmmaker. His short film On the Way to the Sea has been shown in over 40 film/art festivals worldwide, including Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International film festival, and has won many awards including The Special Jury Prize at International Short Film Festival-Clermont-Ferrand in France and “Canadian Top 10” at Toronto International Film Festival. His recent feature-length film Taming the Horse has won many awards including Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at Montreal International Documentary Festival,  Grand Prize for Montgolfiere d’Or at the Festival 3 Des Continents in Nantes, France,  Grand Jury Prize at Chinese Independent Film Festival in Beijing and The Best Artistic Originality Prize at the First International Film Festival.

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