New Realities / UK premiere


  • J P Sniadecki, Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao /
  • China, USA /
  • 2013 /
  • 65 mins

Xue Hua, Chen Qi, Zhou Qian, Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao / Documentary / Mandarin

A playful and poetic visit to a Chinese ghost town.


J P Sniadecki, Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao

Xu Ruotao was born in 1968 in Shenyang, China. He is a visual artist and film director who lives and works in Songzhuang, a growing artist village on the outskirts of Beijing. He has produced two features, Yumen (2013) and Rumination (2009), and three shorts, Broken Line (2012), Archaeology of Architecture (2012) and Temporary Shelter (2009). Huang Xiang was born in 1974 in southern China. Due to his 2011 performance art piece Jasmine Flower, he was placed under criminal detention for 30 days. Following his release, he is now primarily engaged in independent filmmaking, producing and directing his first feature, Roast Chicken (2012), prior to co-directing Yumen (2013). J.P. Sniadecki was born in 1979 on a goat farm in Michigan and grew up in the industrial rustbelt of Northern Indiana. He produces work at the intersection of art, cinema and ethnography that shows in festivals, universities, museums and galleries. He won the Gian Paolo Award for Best Anthropological Film at Festival dei Popoli for People’s Park (2012, co-directed with Libbie Cohn), and two Golden Leopards at the Locarno International Film Festival for Foreign Parts (2010, co-directed with Verena Paravel).

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