OCDF 2022: Self-Portrait: Fairy Tale in 47KM + Q&A

Dir: Zhang Mengqi
China / 2021 / 109mins

In the Cinema

Treat yourself to a special cinema experience and enjoy documentaries on the big screen.

Showing from Sun 11 Sep

Price: Event Price £12.50 (£10 concessions)

Made within the context of The Folk Memory Project, Self-Portrait: Fairy Tale in 47KM is part of an ongoing participatory documentary project exploring the personal histories of the Great Chinese Famine of 1959 to 1961.
Filmmaker and dancer Zhang Mengqi has developed an iterative filmmaking practice through repeated studies of life in 47KM, a rural village in Hubei Province named after its distance from the nearest city, Suizhou.

In this film, Mengqi focuses upon her collaborative design process with a group of young local girls as they set out to create and build a new cultural centre within the village, to be named The Blue House.

Imagined possibilities for the proposed building are rendered through a series of filmed performances and choreographic moments. These are interwoven with documentation of the design and build of the new structure.

“On one of the village’s hills, a new space is coming into being, from children’s paper drawings to the solid ground, from a fairy tale to reality.”

This screening will be followed by a Q&A.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ADVERTS PLAYED BEFORE FILMS IN THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN. ALL FEATURES WILL START PROMPTLY FOLLOWING A SELECTION OF TRAILERS.