The upcoming Festival dei Popoli will feature the film ‘Chen’ (translation: ‘Dust’), by award wining Chinese documentary filmmaker Zhu Rikun. The film explores the condition of Chinese workers in a Chinese mining and industrial zone. Mr. Rikun will be in Florence to present the film Thursday December 4 at 6.30 pm and Friday December 5 at 10.00 am at the Odeon Theater. See a synopsis of the film and read Rikun’s Director’s Note by clicking here.
Promotion of the film is supported by Han Dong Fang, the founder of the Chinese Labor Bulletin (CLB), who joined La Pietra Dialogues last spring for a very interesting Dialogue with NYU Florence students about labor conditions in China, the Chinese economy and the role of dissident activists.
Read more about the condition of Chinese miners in this article in the Huffington Post from January 2012, reprinted in the CLB, ‘The World’s Deadliest Profession: Coal Miners Pay for China’s Economic Miracle’. The article also features the 2012 documentary To the Light, by NYU Journalism School graduate Yuanchen Liu, which chronicles the lives of miners in Sichuan, China. Fore more about Liu and his film click here and here.
Read this article by Zhu Rikun in the New Statesman from October 2012, ’The Hazards for Independent Chinese Cinema’.
And for more on Independent Filmmaking in China see ‘Independent Filmmaking in China: The Age of Dissent’, The New Yorker, April 2011.