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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

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Against the War, in the Name of Cinema

New Asian Filmmakers Collective

  • China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore
  • 2022
  • 83min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color/black and white

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Synopsis

Twelve film directors from four countries belonging to the “New Asian Filmmakers Collective” joined to condemn the war in Ukraine in their own film languages. Twelve short films in a variety of formats and materials, from essays to performances, from archive footage to social media. This omnibus film, which can be said to be the solidarity of Asia, conveys only one message: “Against the War, in the Name of Cinema”.

 

Review

Trương Minh Quý demonstrates the poem Educational Objectives by Aleksey Garipov on the video of a room where someone's traces are piled up. Tan Tan cross-edits the Odessa stair sequence from Battleship Potemkin(1925) and footage from the Ukrainian War. YOSHINORI SATO interviews the three survivors of the Japanese bombing of Chongqing. Zhao Xu depicts a man who feels compassion while cooking in the kitchen. HONG YILIN depicts the encounter of two unknown men. LEE Soojung reads posts from her friends on her Facebook news feed. Ji Jinglu shoots a woman singing and playing John Lennon's Imagine. Sun Hong Yan depicts an old woman mourning for the son she lost to an old war. Wu Tianhui writes an essay about loss, trauma, and love based on the image of her hometown, while Hua Zhenyi asks what to do after the war. Guligo Jia meets and hears the story of an Ukrainian student in Beijing, and Wang Wei makes a sandwich with bread and cheese. This is a message with a twist coming from twelve Asian directors.

 

Director

  • New Asian Filmmakers Collective

    New Asian Filmmakers Collective (NAFC) is a Beijing based film collective with more than 200 filmmakers who shares Asian identity and passion for culture. ​ 

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