“Petition – The court of the complainants”, directed by Zhao Liang, is a unique testimony about China today. Since 1996 Zhao Liang has filmed the “petitioners”, who come from all over China to make complaints in Beijing about abuses and injustices committed by the local authorities.
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It's kinda tricky to say the film is only focusing on the victims or how they get victimized. Because everything and everyone is moving forward--the city, the people, the emotion and their ideologies. Whether the result is good or the other way around. Trains and camera as agents of change to provoke and to transport the characters.
Un excellent compagnon à West of the Tracks (Bing). A la différence que ce film est plus explicitement engagé (laisse beaucoup de place aux actes et paroles de ces agents cherchant une transformation sociale). La DV permet sans doute une plus grande accessibilité auprès des protagonistes, et renforce « le réel documenté » du film. J’apprécie qu'il n'y ait pas de « voice-over ». Une oeuvre urgente et nécessaire.
At first I was like "HEAVY-HANDED SOCIAL CRITICISM", 30 minutes later I was choking on that comment. The most visceral film I've seen in a quiet sometimes, and also one of the most painstakingly detailed. Watch it during the Olympics.