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China Screen: The Observer

Year: 2021, 79 mins
Code: IC-CSObserver

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Encounter with a Chinese artist who documents China’s forgotten history.

Hu Jie is now 60 years old. Son of military, he joined the army at age 19 and became a simple soldier, a mechanic, a student of painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Army ... until he left the Army and became a documentary filmmaker. Over the years, his works has given voice to the forgotten of history, through a huge body of work far from any television stereotypes: real archives, true testimonies of the life of Chinese wrestling with the events of the second half of the twentieth century.

A recognized but discrete figure of Chinese independent cinema, this self-taught documentary maker and pioneer of Chinese audiovisual historical research allows us to discover his humanity and his social commitment under the benevolent eyes of Rita Andreetti, a young Italian film critic, herself an independent documentary filmmaker, in search of Chinese identity.

Inspired by a tenacity and the inner strength of Hu Jie himself, the documentary tells, supported by few excerpts from his works, how his prolific filmic activity has recently turned into a more intimate pictorial production. Although under an increasing pressure, Hu Jie continues today, tirelessly, to fight for the truth in which he believes and has always believed.

Written and directed by: Rita Andreetti, Producers: Rita Andreetti, Matteo Bosi ; Director of Photography: Micro Sgarzi ; Sound: Emanuela Cotellessa ; Editing: Fabio Bianchini Pepegna ; Associate Producers: Marco Alessi, Giulia Achilli, Micro Sgarzi

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