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16th(2014)



Born in Beijing

MA Li

  • China
  • 2011
  • 240min
  • Digi-beta
  • black and white
  • Documentary

Synopsis
Born in Beijing tells the story of ‘petitioners’: citizens who feel themselves wrongfully treated by the local authorities and seek settlement in the capital. There are thought to be more than 100,000 petitioners in Beijing. For six years, Ma Li followed the efforts and suffering of a group of homeless petitioners in the south of Beijing.


 

Program Note
The ‘petitioner village’ is a village of people who live together to petition the government. Mrs. HAO in this village has pursued
 justice for her case for more than 30 years, but it has not been solved yet. During her petition process, she gave birth to her
 daughter, “JING Sheng” (the original title of this documentary and the name of the leading character, literally meaning ‘Born in
 Beijing’), and live a hard life with her every day. Born in Beijing expands its narrative from their single story of Mrs. HAO and JING
 Sheng to various stories of other petitioners who live in this petitioner village.

 Director MA Li spent 6 years filming a collective story of ‘petitioner village’ shot in clear black and white with persistence. Born
 in Beijing reveals the Chinese political and social problems from their various stories at the same time pictures the petitioners in
 Beijing who has been invisible social group in Chinese society. In other words, given other contemporary Chinese documentaries
 dealing with petition issue such as ZHANG Liang’s Petition and YING Liang’s When Night Falls, Born in Beijing illustrates not only
 the Chinese absurd reality shown from petitioners’ stories, but a new landscape as a social phenomenon and their hardship and
 pain in this Chinese society. [KIM Jung-koo]

Director

  • MA LiMA Li

    Born in 1975 in Zhejiang, Ma Li has been working as a documentary filmmaker for more than 10 years. She has directed many of the documentary programmes for television. Mirror of Emptiness (2010) is her first feature-length documentary. Her film Born in Beijing (2012) was shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the Green Chameleon at CinDi in the same year.

Credit

  • ProducerMA Li
  • Cinematography MA Li
  • Editor MA Li
  • Music WANG Fan
  • Sound MA Li