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Ascension

Rewarding Docs - Non-Fiction Award Season 2022
Dir: Jessica Kingdon
China / 2020 / 98mins

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An impressionistic exploration of the pursuit of wealth and the industrial supply chain in China, Ascension examines what living the so-called 'Chinese Dream' looks like today through a mesmerising series of cinematic vignettes.

Ascending the rungs of China's social ladder from worker to elite consumer, we drift from the people of the factory floor, to the middle classes selling to aspirational consumers, and on to the wealthiest of society, revelling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment.

Jessica Kingdon's stunning work is a journey across the People's Republic of China, exploring labour, aspiration and the universal paradoxes of economic progress.