Chinese Documentary Festival 2017
2017

10th Chinese Documentary Festival
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Reality is infinitely more dramatic than fiction, as it has always been.
-French historian Régine Pernoud


The 10th Chinese Documentary Festival organised by Visible Record and comprises six sections: Shorts Competition, Features Competition, Hong Kong Selection, Selection of New Taipei City Documentary Awards, International Selection and Retrospective.

The Festival was founded in 2008. It is the world’s first annual Chinese documentary film festival and also an important platform for cultural exchanges among international documentary filmmakers. The Festival has drawn the attention of filmmakers around the world. Thanks to their support, the Festival is attracting more audience each year and has become a major event for Chinese documentaries.

The Grand showing films from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. They include:
Small Talk, a mother-daughter dialogue on mom’s sexual orientation
Boys in Pixelation, a moving story about juvenile delinquents from Taoyuan’s Halfway House
We the Workers, a report on union struggles in a wharf.

The International Selection will be the Hong Kong premiere of several documentaries from Europe, India and Myanmar. These films are of diverse styles and contents:
We Come as Friends depicts how the African continent is exploited by rich foreign countries
Cities of Sleep portrays the destitute homeless in India
My Leg documents a group of disabled army veterans-turned prosthesis makers in Myanmar.

The Retrospective programme presents outstanding and popular shortlisted titles from previous Festivals, including the Taiwan production,
The Moment, which won the Second Prize at the 8th Chinese Documentary Festival.


Ticket Price
We the Workers
HK$100        Regular-priced
HK$75        Full-time Student | Child | Senior
Other Movies
HK$90        Regular-priced
HK$65        Full-time Student | Child | Senior


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Screening Schedule
2017-10-9
19:30 -《Small Talk》
21:20 - 《The Moment》

2017-10-11
20:00 -《We the Worker》

2017-10-15
19:30 -《We Come as Friends》
21:40 -《Boys in Pixelation》

2017-10-18
20:00 -《My Leg》+《Cities of Sleep》

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Gift Vouchers and Complimentary Tickets are not applicable.
Small Talk - CDF 2017
For years, the director's mum has looked like a tomboy and in the eyes of her girlfriends, her mum is a charismatic lover. When the director tries to speak to her, she tightens up and shuts down on topics like her sexual orientation and marriage.
Director
Huang Hui-chen
RunTime
88
Category
IIA
Language
Taiwanese
Putonghua (in parts)
Subtitle
Chinese
English
Cast
Genre
Documentary
 
The Moment - CDF 2017
This documentary reveals the passage of time through film: from the working girl who could only find comfort in romantic films, to the passionate man who was inspired by patriotic films to serve in the army. This is a love letter to film.
Director
Yang Li-chou
RunTime
112
Category
IIA
Language
Putonghua
Taiwanese (in parts)
English (in parts)
Cantonese (in parts)
Japanese (in parts)
Subtitle
Chinese
English
Cast
Genre
Documentary
 
We The Workers - CDF 2017
Workers are the main driving force of China's rapid development, yet they are often exploited. Jia Yong and Xiao Ming were workers who joined grassroots labour unions. However, oppression came in all forms and Jia Yong was even assaulted.

Q&A session with the director
Director
Wen Hai
RunTime
174
Category
IIA
Language
Putonghua
Subtitle
Chinese
English
Cast
Genre
Documentary
 
We Come As Friends - CDF 2017
The director travelled through Africa to get to tumultuous Sudan in a self-made small airplane. He met different people on the way, including refugees, warlords, peacekeeping troops and oil drillers from China. He realized people were not just eyeing the continent’s resources, they were looting this piece of land in the name of friendship.
Director
Hubert Sauper
RunTime
105
Category
IIA
Language
English
Putonghua (in parts)
Arabic (in parts)
Subtitle
Chinese
English
Cast
Genre
Documentary
 
Boys In Pixelation - CDF 2017
Taoyuan’s Halfway House houses young boys with criminal records or from troubled families. The boys each have aspirations and challenges, but through living together, they find strength within themselves.

Q&A session with the director
Director
Lee Li-shao
RunTime
100
Category
I
Language
Putonghua
Subtitle
Chinese
English
Cast
Genre
Documentary
 
My Leg + Cities of Sleep - CDF 2017
My Leg
East Myanmar is neighbours with Laos, Thailand and China. For many decades, different ethnic groups have sought democracy, resulting in constant strife with the military. A group of disabled war veterans opened a workshop that sells prosthetic limbs to those in need, with people of different political affiliation coming to seek help.

Cities of Sleep
To Delhi’s homeless, finding shelter for the night is a battle. A spot under the bridge, waterpipes, in the park or a night at an NGO, and if they can afford it, renting a bed for the night is already a huge luxury.
Director
Khon Soe Moe Aung
Shaunak Sen
RunTime
91
Category
IIA
Language
Burmese
Kayah
Others (in parts)
Hindi
Subtitle
Chinese
English
Cast
Genre
Documentary