How Yukong Moved the Mountains
Comment Yukong deplaca les montagnes

1976 / France, China / color / 12 hours / 16mm

Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan
Camera: Li Zexiang, Yang Zhiju
Editors: Suzanne Baron, Sylvie Blanc, Eric Pluet, Ragnard van Leyden
Producers: Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan
Production company: CAPI Films, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA)

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.

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