Yukong Moved the Mountains
Comment Yukong deplaca les montagnes
/ France, China / color / 12 hours / 16mm
Directors: Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan
Camera: Li Zexiang, Yang Zhiju
Editors: Suzanne Baron, Sylvie Blanc, Eric Pluet, Ragnard van
Producers: Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan
Production company: CAPI Films, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
Between 1971 and 1975 Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan worked on
preparations and filming of the monumental twelve-hour Yukong series.
It is a portrait of the Chinese and their daily existence in all its
complexities. It was intended to show the benefits of the Cultural
Revolution to a Western public. Little was known in the West about
China, so this work was a welcome source of information and for many
people the first inside view of Chinese culture and life, allowing,
as it did, the Chinese to speak for themselves. Despite severe restrictions
imposed on Ivens and Loridan (most of which became known only afterwards)
and frequent political changes, the films remain an important document
of a significant period in recent Chinese history.
The Pharmacy: Shanghai [79 min]
On the work and workers of a pharmacy in Shanghai.
A Woman, A Family [110 min]
A portrait of the life and work of an ordinary family on the outskirts
The Fishing Village [104 min]
On fisherwomen doing the same work as men - the basis of equality
in a village near Shanghai.
Impression of a City: Shanghai [60 min]
An impression of daily life in a metropolis.
The Football Incident [19 min]
A report on an ideological debate between a teacher and a pupil regarding
an incident with a football.
COPYRIGHT:Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee