"Karamay" is the happy (word inappropriate considering the context) outcome of a cooperating solution to the prisoner's dilemma. After years of intimidation and persecution, had any of the victims disclosed guerilla filmmaker's intention to publicize the case or suspected him of leaking out the material to Party officials, this film wouldn't have happened. Self-censorship shows up quite often. Orwellian, nightmarish.
A devastating documentary about collective failure that lead to a tragedy and injustice done to the bereaveds. Xu Xin displays the circumstances through news footage and long interview sessions, not just giving a very clear picture of the course of events on Dec 8th, 1994, but also showcasing the mentality of everyone involved. The result is an unsettling account on gonvernmental arrogance and indifference.