(Film critic / China)
Born in Shanghai in 1951. Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine
Arts, Master of Arts in 1988. Has been teaching documentary film at
the Beijing Broadcasting Institute, TV Department since 1988. Among
his published works are: Film in Mainland China: The Sixth Generation?
(1995) and About the `Neo-Documentary' in Mainland China (1996).
Has directed documentaries including: Laozihao (1996) and Zhalongde
Ren (1996). Acted as the General Secretary and International Coordinator
for the First International Conference on Documentary Films in Beijing
the course of perpetual history, humankind has left various forms
of documentation and accounts, executed in order to closely observe
the circumstances of one's own existence. Subsequently, cinema was
born, and people began to witness their own self image and lives through
an entirely new style. This is what we call the documentary. - So
John Grierson claimed, and unified practice with theory: the basics
of filmmaking practice with the human tradition of reason.
People dispute this. Actually, if all cinematography could be called
"documentation," what in fact is "documentary"?
What is the mission of the documentarist? Many earnest documentary
filmmakers have contemplated this issue at length. They have answered
their own questions through constant, diligent and tireless production.
And so their various films became the proof that recorded a historical
process happening all around them, the meeting of various cultures
and history with contemporary reality, and the filmmakers' unique
understanding of cinema itself. That included each filmmakers' unique
production environment. Documentary filmmakers strive to see, hear,
and understand the entirety of what happens around them. Furthermore,
they long for the chance to watch works by fellow documentarists,
to meet them face-to-face and present each other's opinions, and understand
each other's work. Thanks to the hard work and efforts of the YIDFF
staff, such a dream of interaction will actually come true.
I have high expectations for this grand opportunity to further the
development of documentary filmmaking in Asia. I say this as a member
of the Chinese documentary community, who is experiencing the important
transition of history just like the rest of this region's population.
It is now the time for Chinese documentarists to account for their
own. For me Ogawa was a concrete symbol of such responsible action.
Therefore, I am deeply grateful to the YIDFF committee for entrusting
such a worthy role to me.
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