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Timber Gang

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Directed by Yu Guangyi
China, 2006
Documentary
  • Mandarin
  • English
Chinese Independents, Part 2

Synopsis

Timber Gang documents the life of a group of loggers in Heilongjiang Province, China. It records the most basic state of being and desire of humans amidst ice and snow, and documents a disappearing mode of production as well as living in the process of civilisation’s progress.

Our take

The virtuous documentation of labor in China continues with yet another act of bravery: director Yu Guangyi followed his subjects into a brutal winter to cinematically retain their now-extinct traditions in these eloquent 90 minutes. The rare documentary formed as though it were an adventure film.

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